YYD 6th Form caters for school years 12 , 13 and 14
Life in our Sixth Form consolidates pupils’ prior study, broadening and developing previous skills and experiences. It builds on their knowledge and understanding and helps raise aspirations and confidence in order to prepare the pupils for a smooth transition into life after school.
The curriculum covers functional skills –Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, independent learning and living skills, PSHE and the world of work. The pupils’ achievements are accredited by OCR, WJEC and Agored.
Pupils also have the opportunity to attend Cardiff and Vale College for taster vocational courses if appropriate.
The Sixth Form area includes a Life Skills flat to acquire independence skills in a real environment, a shared common room and fully accessible Gaming room. Pupils have access to a shared gym, sports hall, coffee shop and library.
Those pupils following a more sensory pathway will have use of a range of specialist rooms including a UV room, Touch Therapy, atmospherics, Holodeck and the hydrotherapy pool.
During their time in the Sixth Form pupils will undertake enrichment activities from community participation and enterprise to PE, music and drama. They will carry out either in-school or external work experience / work awareness placements as appropriate and will be able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
The 6th Form at Ysgol y Deri have a common room that is exclusive to them. It is an age appropriate environment that has been carefully designed to provide areas that encourage social interaction with modern, comfortable seating, leisure activities such as magazines, board games, table football or listening to music and a kitchenette area that is accessible to all and promotes independence. The common room is a key feature of the 6th form that provides a sense of community and ownership amongst the pupils.
Life Skills Flat
The life skills flat consists of a bedroom area with 2 single beds, a bathroom, and a kitchen/dining area. The idea of the flat is to provide pupils with the every day, transferable skills that they require and to prepare them for supported or independent living when they leave school. Pupils can make beds, lay tables, prepare meals, learn to clean, how to run a home and about personal hygiene.