Sixth Form

Head of Sixth Form: Mrs P A Shaw
Sixth Form Teacher: Mr. A. Jones
Learning Support staff: Mrs K. Grace, Miss L. McClelland, Ms J. Cussack, Mr C. Williams


Childwall Abbey School Sixth Form provides learners with the knowledge, understanding, skills and real life experiences to grow into self-reliant, well rounded and independent young adults who are aware of how to keep themselves safe. The sixth form staff provide opportunities for students to develop self-confidence, academic achievement and personal independence.

Qualifications / Accreditation

All sixth form students continue to study skills in English, Maths and Computing. These subjects allow students to develop their Literacy, Numeracy and Computing skills in a real-life context and provide students with the opportunity to maintain continuity and progression throughout their school life. The students are able to access BTEC, GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills and Entry Pathways qualifications which are all recognised by colleges and employers, providing students with a greater range of options and opportunities.


All the activities and coursework, undertaken in sixth-form, count towards nationally recognised ASDAN qualifications and certificates, including C.o.P.E. (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness); A.o.P.E. (Award of Personal Effectiveness); optional short courses including Peer Teaching, Volunteering and Leadership Skills.

Students complete challenges that help towards them becoming more independent and employable. These units provide a platform for further planning of individual learning goals and personal assessment. The units consist of; working with others; improving learning and performance; problem solving; planning and carrying out research; communication through discussion; planning and giving an oral presentation.
Numerous student choice short courses are also offered.

Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze/Silver & Gold)

Through Duke of Edinburgh participation students:
• Develop independence
• Become more self-reliant.
• Develop organisational ability.
• Become more able to overcome both expected and unexpected challenges.
• Recognise the needs and strengths of others.
• Improve decision-making skills and the ability to accept consequences.
• 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.

Community Links

Childwall Abbey School Sixth Form regularly welcomes our Community Police Officer, School Nurse, OKUK (counselling service), Connexions Officer, the Transition Team, Local College-School Liaison Officers, Daisy UK, the North West Engagement Team and many other community groups, as the opportunities or needs arise.


Each student has responsibility for maintaining and updating their own SHAPE file: (Safe; Healthy; Achieving and Enjoying; Positive Contribution and Employability). This portfolio holds individual and independent evidence of work undertaken and produced by each student, in each of the five sections, which help to prepare the young people for transition to further education or employment.

Extra-curricular activities

Voluntary work experience

All 6th form students, especially year 14 students, are encouraged to undertake a form of voluntary work, either inside or outside of the school environment. Staff and students work very hard to find placements that suit each student’s personal needs. This experience also enables our students to access travel training.


Through close links with the P.E. department we offer students the opportunities to continue to take part in various physical activities, such as trampolining, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, and skiing. This all helps to build their confidence.
The 6th form are encouraged to participate, in the Junior Sports Leaders Award. This award gives the students the opportunity to work with their fellow peers in planning preparing and teaching P.E. lessons to younger students and also their own peer group, which helps develop their overall self esteem, but more importantly helps develop their leadership skills.
6th form students are also offered the opportunity to access the: FA Football level 3 award, Refereeing award level 3, Rookie life guard award level 1, Kayaking award and the Basketball refereeing level 1 award.

Preparation for Work (Entry Pathways)

Please refer to: Exams and Qualifications at Childwall Abbey School on the school website.
Entry pathways for the 6th form can include: Technology, Hair & Beauty, Art, Music, Drama, Design Technology and other, student choice, units of study.