Fairfield Post 16 caters for students aged 16-19 who have profound and complex needs. Our Post 16 curriculum is tailor made to meet the needs of each individual student and aims to prepare all our young people for adulthood and life after Fairfield.
Post 16 learners develop core skills in Maths and English, enhancing their functional abilities which includes opportunities to use these talents in real life contexts such as shopping in the local community.
In PSHCE lessons, learners are taught about health and wellbeing, friendships and relationships, feelings and emotions and keeping safe (including online).
In Post 16 learners are taught important independence skills such as shopping, preparing and cooking a meal, looking after their home, road safety and travel training.
Work Related Learning
Learners are introduced to the world of work through participating in enterprise projects where they make items to sell e.g food products such as scones, biscuits and soups. A small group also run a gardening enterprise project where they grow plants and make planters and hanging baskets to sell. Craft enterprise gives our students opportunities to make themed gifts throughout the year with the Christmas market being our main event.
Enterprise sessions focus on skills for the workplace such as health and safety procedures, following instructions, looking and acting appropriately in the workplace, teamwork, costing, buying and using materials, selling and advertising techniques.
Fairfield School is committed to encouraging young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. All learners take part in activities that improve their fitness and wellbeing. These include dance, boxercise, gym, yoga and swimming. Our learners with physical disabilities benefit from physiotherapy, rebound and hydrotherapy.
Our work experience opportunities include in-house work experience such as office admin, breakfast club monitor and lunchtime assistant. A small group of Post 16 students also run a school café every Wednesday morning. Some students go on work experience placements in the local community to charity shops, the local riding school, cafes or community centres.
All learners in Post 16 follow accredited programmes which include ASDAN Personal Progress, ASDAN Towards Independence and ASDAN Personal and Social Development. Students receive certificates for their achievements.
All our students and their parents/carers are offered impartial advice from a CK Careers Advisor about the options available post 19. Parents are advised to go and look around different adult providers to see the choices available and talk to the staff running the services. Fairfield staff support students on transition visits. Staff from adult services also visit our learners in school to get to know them and find out about their needs and future goals.