Welcome to our new 6th Form Centre
Our Learners’ Pathways to Success
Education at Eagle House School (Sutton) has a strong focus on building skills in readiness for each learner’s future and life beyond school. Our co-educational specialist provision for 16 to 19 year old learners supports young people who have a primary diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. The majority of our learners move into the 6th Form from our school but we also welcome new learners who wish to join at 6th Form.
Eagle House Group has been working with children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder and associated difficulties for over 12 years. We have extensive skills, knowledge and expertise in the field of autism education and therapeutic intervention and are accredited by the National Autistic Society. We are very well placed to introduce our young people to the world of a Further Education (FE) college and the work place.
We believe that all young people have the right to a 6th Form education that will prepare them for life so they can be as confident and as independent as they can be – to become active and involved members of society.
Entering 6th Form marks a crucially important stepping stone and pathway through to a successful and meaningful adult life.
Eagle House 6th Form Centre – a supportive route through to the adult world
Eagle House 6th Form Centre is a specialist college providing ‘linked’ provision for learners, which combines academic achievement, independence skills and first steps in vocational training. Many of our learners struggle with the social challenges of attending a mainstream college but we’re here for each young person whenever they need us. Every learner is fully supported by a team of learning & work skills coaches, with their own key worker. Every learner has input from our autism specialist multidisciplinary therapy team (Curriculum Access Team), who provide group sessions or individual sessions designed specifically for our learners.
All of our learners attend a local college of their choice and complete a full time course across a 3-year period (Years 12 to 14). This usually consists of two days of college per week, combined with three days per week attending the 6th Form Centre, where our learners access personalised learning opportunities in order to gain further qualifications in English, Maths, PSHCE and Work Related Learning. They also have opportunities to attend local sports facilities and to continue to develop their independence and life skills.
We aim to inspire learners to move forward into adulthood with confidence, ambition, raised self-esteem and with appropriate learning experiences and opportunities behind them. We focus on preparing them for the life challenges they will face and to provide them with a clear sense of purpose and direction moving forwards.
As with their typical peers, we encourage our learners to have and believe in their aspirations and dreams.
Our pathway curriculum is designed to combine the familiarity of school with a new and exciting introduction to college, moving on to the potential of employment. This will vary from learner to learner through our ‘learner centred approach’ supporting each individual to find the right choice for them.
For many of our learners FE colleges are unable to provide for them beyond a certain level of need and can mark the closure of what could be an ambitious and aspirational future.
Our Learners v their Typical Peers
Unlike their typical peers:
- Fewer than 1 in 4 young people with an autism spectrum disorder progress to any form of education or training following school;
- Our young people often miss out on the opportunity to continue to develop their learning skills;
- Fewer than 1 in 7 of our young people will ever gain employment.
We aim to challenge these less than positive statistics.
Building towards College
Moving onto college can be an unnerving prospect for many of our pupils. We therefore work to prepare each young person for life after Eagle House School. This starts with finding the most suitable college course, independence skill and travel training and, where suitable, vocational or voluntary opportunities.
We took national statistics and compared them with some of our own Year 11 leavers from recent years who had gone on to college without specialist support such as ours. We also talked to both ex-pupils and their parents. In general, they found the facilities in local colleges good but they found their experience stressful and worrying at times often due to the lack of understanding of their autism and associated anxiety. Some colleges failed to give a specific ‘named person’ for their child to refer to and others became ‘poor attenders’ due to lack of adequate supervision and support.
These comments have helped us to shape the college experience we are offering and one that our young people have the right to choose. Our 6th Form Centre provides each learner with the experience they enjoy and the outcomes they deserve.
We are also there to prepare and support them beyond college and post 19 – into higher education or a vocational placement wherever possible.