The Post 16 Unit, established in 2013, has provided the opportunity for our students to engage successfully in further education in a supported environment through the provision of bespoke, individualised packages of support for students aged 16-19.
The students reside in the six-bedded unit for four nights per week, receiving holistic support in their transition to independence. Two connected houses provide a home setting in which the students are able to develop vital independence skills such as money management, independent travel, shopping and meal preparation.
All students within Post 16 follow an education programme, to include literacy and numeracy, in addition to completing external further education courses at local colleges. The students are given relevant support and advice to achieve their full potential, accessing UCAS events, college visits, apprenticeships and University visits to identify their future options, with recent student destinations including The University of Chester, The University of Lincoln, Calderdale College and Doncaster College.
Young people are also encouraged to develop socially, following extra-curricular activities which support their own individual interests. In the evenings, students attend local youth clubs, music groups and sporting clubs in addition to participating in recreational activities such as attending the local cinema and bowling alley. Students are also given the opportunity to complete funded driving lessons, providing them with an important life skill.
Students work in partnership with their keyworker to develop their own individualised programmes for development, including the development of academic, social and practical skills. This is reviewed and updated regularly as the student develops and progresses.