The Holmewood Sixth Form

The main aim for The Holmewood Sixth Form is that students become independent in their academic learning and their personal skills, and that they leave with the ability to advocate for themselves.

Fees circa £70k pa.

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Sixth Form

The Holmewood Sixth Form supports students in becoming as independent as possible, keeping in mind their specific needs and difficulties, and provides a safe bridge between secondary school and adult life. Success at the Sixth Form looks different for every student. But The Holmewood Sixth Form aims to decrease the adult support provided to students in their academic subjects and personal skills so that they will be able to function independently in their day-to-day life. This may even mean that in the future they can move on to educational settings with decreased support or into the world of work.

Academic achievement is valued, and all students should leave the Sixth Form with nationally recognised awards. These may include ASDAN Certificate in Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), GCSE, A Levels, Level 1-3 certificates and/or entry levels. The Holmewood Sixth Form also place a high emphasis on work related learning and work experience, and have tailored a programme that awards engagement in the world of work at all levels. This programme is entitled The Holmewood Success in Work Awards.

Students, their families and staff work together to create a timetable that takes into account student engagement, aspirations and interests. Their timetables may include classes onside at The Holmewood Upper School in Muswell Hill, in the local community or at one of our partner colleges and other provisions.

The Holmewood Sixth Form is very proud that the Sixth Form provision received an Outstanding grade at our last Ofsted inspection. The report states that:

  • Leadership of the sixth-form provision, which now operates from its own premises, is highly effective.

  • Successfully to further education, either to mainstream or specialist colleges.

    Students are very well-prepared for life after school. To date, all leavers have proceeded

  • Students work towards one of three ‘flexible pathways’. For the most able, this now includes an academic study route to university. Students make excellent progress on a range of accredited courses, including at GCSE and A level. All students work towards a qualification in personal effectiveness, which teachers and therapists facilitate jointly to develop students’ independent living and vocational skills.

  • Leaders tailor provision individually; each student follows their own timetable. As a result, each student’s learning programme is personalised, relevant and effective in preparing them for their life after school. A wide range of subjects is offered, including in collaboration with other settings. In addition, provision includes high-quality mentoring, work experience, careers education and programmes focused on independent living skills and personal development.

THSL has three possible pathways for students to follow in the Sixth Form, and there is flexibility within these pathways. Students, families and staff work together to decide which pathway is most suitable, taking into account previous academic performance and ability, aspirations and interests.

The pathways are summarised below.

The Core Pathway is suited to students who are working towards or have completed entry level exams at KS4. Students in the Core Pathway will complete most of their sessions on-site at THSF and will be working towards the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE – see Programmes, Qualifications and Awards) Level 1 or 2. They continue to study English and Maths, and they work towards the Holmewood Success in Work stage 1-3 awards.

The Partnership Pathway is suited to students who are working towards a 5 grade in core GCSE subjects. These students have  the freedom to re-sit GCSE subjects in Sixth Form if needed. They are also expected to complete the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 1 or 2 as well as work experience. GCSE resits and CoPE sessions take place on-site at THSF. They work towards  the Holmewood Success in Work stage 1-3 awards. When they are ready, they can transition into a college course that is of interest to them, which usually takes place in one of our partner establishments.

The College Pathway is suited to students who have received at least three 6 grades at GCSE level. They have the freedom of resitting GCSE subjects on-site at THSL and are also expected to achieve at least the Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) and they work towards  the Holmewood Success in Work stage 1-3 awards. These students will also study between one and three A Levels at college or on-site at THSL.

At the Holmewood Sixth Form, programmes meet the DfE guidelines because:

  • High expectations of our learners, and pathways increase in challenge as the years progress. Aspirational targets are set using the Individual Sixth Form Pathways Documents (example on page 5).

  • Monitor and track the progress of 16-19 year old learners (see assessment, recording and reporting policy).

  • Highlight students who do not make expected progress, and put in place interventions to support them.

  • Give students the opportunity to retake English and Maths until they achieve grade 4, or support them to study some form of literacy and maths that suits their level.

  • Offer additional in house qualifications in new areas such as astronomy or film studies.

  • All the sixth form students take part in a work experience programme and careers education.

  • Support students in choosing options to ensure progression into employment and higher education (HE) preferences.

Additional information

School type

Senior school, SEN School

Special needs




Years Old

16, 17, 18, 19



Day or boarding

Day school






Art, Computing, Design, Drama, English, History, Humanities, Languages, Life skills, Maths, Science


Basketball, Board Games, Football



The Holmewood School (Upper School)

8a Muswell Hill
N10 3TD
Phone: +44 203 908 89 91



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