Sixth form choices for young people with SEND

Sixth form is the last two years (year 12 and year 13) of secondary education.

They usually tend to be smaller and provide more academic structure than colleges. However, some colleges do offer sixth form style courses.

You can move into sixth form after taking your GCSEs and quite often you can stay in the same school you are currently attending or apply to attend another school.

Choose a sixth form

To find out whether a school sixth form is the right path for you, you can:

  • speak with your careers advisor
  • find out more about other sixth forms in Kent and the courses they offer by visiting their websites
  • check their entry conditions
  • arrange to visit them
  • read their Ofsted report
  • speak to students who attend the college and find out what they think of the it.

If sixth form is not for you, you may be interested in attending a college or completing an apprenticeship.

Things to remember

Before you apply, we suggest you think about the following:

Getting there

Support from the school

It is important to find out whether your chosen school sixth form can support your needs. What you need will depend on your individual needs, but here are some questions you might like to ask:

  • what support is available in class?
  • what support is available in exams?
  • what specialist support is available e.g. speech and language?
  • what assistive technology is available?
  • are there dedicated areas for learners with a higher level of support need?
  • do they have an additional learning support policy?
  • do they have an accessibility statement for students with learning difficulties and disabilities?
  • will a member of staff from the sixth form come along to a transition meeting/annual review at the your current school? This will give you a chance to meet them before you finish year 11.
  • what qualifications do staff have in relation to special educational needs?
  • are staff trained to give medication?
  • are staff trained to give personal care?
  • how does the sixth form promote independence?
  • do they offer supervised breaks and lunches?