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Sixth Form rationale

A calm, safe and welcoming place in which to work and learn.
A place where everyone supports each other to achieve.
A place we enjoy coming to each day.

Childwall Abbey School Sixth Form aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and real-life experiences to become self-reliant, well rounded, independent adults, who understand how to keep themselves safe. Staff create opportunities for students to develop confidence, resilience, life skills and personal independence.

Due consideration is given to understanding and supporting student’s personal goals and individual interests and skills.  As appropriate, opportunities are sort for provide access to a more bespoke curriculum.  This may include work or college placements over the short or long term.


All activities and coursework undertaken in Sixth Form, count towards nationally recognised ASDAN qualifications.  These include Employability (Certificate  or Award level) and optional short courses including Peer Teaching, Volunteering and Leadership Skills.

Students complete challenges which focus on independence and employability. Units support individual learning goals and personal development. The units consist of; working with others; communicating with others; Health and safety in the workplace, Rights and responsibilities at work; customer services, maintaining working standards and planning and improving own learning.


Sixth Form students study practical Literacy, Numeracy and Computing. These allow students to develop skills with a real-life focus and provide the opportunity to maintain progression into life beyond school.  Students have several opportunities to choose an area of study to help them with living independently such as gardening, food technology, resistant materials and hair and beauty.


All students are involved in the Sixth Form Enterprise Project. They research, cost, make and sell items through community and at school-based events. Students learn the practical skills needed to produce saleable goods and the interpersonal skills involved in marketing and customer support.


Through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, students:

  • Develop independence and become more self-reliant.
  • Develop organisational ability.
  • Become more able to overcome both expected and unexpected challenges.
  • Recognise the needs and strengths of themselves and others.
  • Improve decision-making skills, review outcomes and move forward
  • Gain the skills to reflect on personal performance.
  • Learn to manage risk.
  • Learn through experience.
  • Gain an appreciation of and respect for the outdoor environment.
  • Learn the value of sharing responsibility for success, through leadership, teamwork, self-reliance and co-operation.


Each student is responsible for maintaining their own “Prep” file: (Preparing for Adulthood). This portfolio holds evidence of individual and independent work undertaken and recorded by each student, supporting preparation for transition to further education, employment and adulthood.


Childwall Abbey School Sixth Form has many successful links with the local community. We have student placement links in several local primary schools, Liverpool Hope University and several local businesses. This valuable opportunity continues to develop. We work closely with the Friends of Childwall Woods and Fields and support them in maintaining a litter free environment for the local community.  Students can work with the local community transforming a neglected space into a community garden (The Church Acre).  They learn joinery and building skills as well as horticulture and ground maintenance. Sixth Form hosts events throughout the year, including Coffee Mornings, Parent Information groups and fundraising activities. Liverpool Hope University also welcomes C.A.S. students for information and activity days, as do several local F.E. colleges.


All sixth form students undertake voluntary work, either within or outside of the school environment. Placements matched to personal needs, strengths and interests are identified. This enables students to access travel training, a key element of keeping safe, being resilient and aspiring to future independence. Students are also involved in supporting younger pupils’ participation in physical activities throughout the year, taking on the role of marshal, coach, or mentor as appropriate.

Students engage in a variety of physical activities, such as yoga, trampolining and use of the gym and Fitness Suite. They have the chance to complete level 2 sport leadership and take part in swimming and other off-site activities.  They take part in the Daily Mile and make use of our local environment e.g. Childwall Woods and local parks, for healthy walks. Working to maintain C.A.S. Horticulture area also encourages students to be physically active. This helps to build confidence, a sense of wellbeing and an appreciation of the lifelong value of physical activity.


Mrs J. McCombs (Head of Sixth Form)