Sixth Form consists of years 12 and 13.
The main aim of Sixth Form is to prepare students for life after Hazel Oak. In a purpose-built facility, we offer a range of accredited, vocational and experiential courses at Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 and GCSE to meet the individual needs and capabilities of the students. We are able to provide a personalized approach to the curriculum in terms of level of study as well as options of subject.
All students study Functional Skills Maths and English, Home Cooking Skills, Employability Skills, PSHE and RSE, Business and Enterprise, incorporating the Social Enterprise Qualification at Level 1 and 2 and Sport and Leisure. In Year 12, students also complete the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.
Our current optional subjects are City and Guilds Entry 3 and Level 1 in Hair and Beauty, Music, Arts Award and Hillcrescent Farm where students undertake a range of Skills for Working Life units.
Established links with local businesses and colleges enable us to provide a range of business and work related learning opportunities as well as transition visits in preparation for moving on at the end of Year 13.
Students develop their independence through life skills sessions, travel training and Sport and Leisure sessions, which take place in community facilities such as bowling and swimming.
As a Business and Enterprise College, the students are inspired to develop their entrepreneurial skills by setting up and running their own company. They take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business, including design, manufacture, selling and accounting. The two branches of our business are Oak Branches, our upcycling and hand made gift shop, and Sarnie Squad, which provides lunches to order for staff on Fridays, and who run coffee mornings for Parents Groups and past students.
The money we raise through these businesses will support our business to continue in the future and a proportion of our profit is donated to charity – this year we are supporting the whole school fundraising effort for the Hope and Kindness Charity, supporting an orphanage and school in Kenya.
We work closely with the Travel Training Team at Solihull Council to ensure that those students who are able, are supported to learn to travel to and from Hazel Oak independently using public transport rather than using Local Authority taxis.
We also use public transport as much as possible when going out and about as part of our curriculum.