Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 specialises in supporting young adults in preparation for adulthood.  Our aim is to offer a learning programme which focuses on personal and social development, independence and employability.  Key Stage 5 offers learning which encourages achievement and success while building friendships and respect.

We offer a varied timetable which may include experiences such as; college, work placements, sports and leisure, community links, accredited learning including functional Maths and English.  We offer small supported learning groups, target setting, transition support and guidance, opportunities to experience and develop life, living and employability skills and further education experiences.

Facilities which we have on offer include an immersive room, life skills kitchen and classroom, computing equipment, horticulture teaching and learning environment, enrichment activities, small animals and a variety of learning outside the classroom including access the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme.


5W - Mrs Rees

5L - Miss Galbraith (Assistant Key Stage Leader)

5C - Mrs Marshall & Mrs Holcroft (Key Stage Leader)

5H - Mrs Kelly

Students are supported by teaching assistants;

Mrs Bond

Mrs Coakley

Mrs Darcy

Mrs Dykes

Mrs Gordon

Miss Coventry

Mrs Jones

Mrs Sharp

Mrs Tarry


Our experienced team of teaching assistants move around within the the department to ensure the students benefit from their expertise as the students prepare for life as a young adult.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum


KS5 at West Lancashire Community High School specialises in supporting young adults in preparation for adulthood.  The aim of our curriculum programme is to offer students learning experiences and opportunities which focus on personal and social development, independence and employability.  

The Key Stage 5 curriculum offers learning opportunities and experiences linked to everyday life and living.  All students have access to work related learning through supported and independent work placements.  Students develop social skills through local community project work as well as having access to the local and wider communities, enabling students to transfer functional Maths and English skills learned in the classroom

In addition to the above, students access a variety of learning environments linked to education and social care to help them make informed choices about their future careers.  All students have weekly sessions linked to careers to help them prepare for future transitions. 

To encourage the development of employability skills and skills to help them as young adults, students, through the Skills Builder programme are given opportunities to recognise and develop skills in eight skill areas;

  • speaking 
  • listening
  • problem solving
  • creativity
  • aiming high
  • staying positive
  • teamwork
  • leadership..

These skill areas are incorporated into all aspects of the students learning programme as part of the Key Stage 5 curriculum.

To encourage positive health and well-being all students access the local leisure centre to access the swimming pool and fitness studio. 

All students access Thrive as part of the whole school Thrive programme.



KS5 Curriculum

Updated: 25/09/2022 2.34 MB
A student Guide to Key Stage 5

Key Information for students and families to encourage independence and self-help.


The Key Stage 5 curriculum programme can be very different to the traditional school programme previously experienced by students.

It is essential, and more so with the unpredictability of the British weather that students come prepared wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the day ahead.

Key information below help support students in their organisation for the days and weeks ahead.

Gym/Swim - swim wear/towel and or trainers and jogging pants, T shirt and trainers for the gym

KS5W - Monday 

KS5L - As above

KS5C - Monday

KS5H - Thursday

Lunch in Unit - Weekly cost of £2.50 to cover the cost of ingredients

Students will prepare, cook and eat a two course meal instead of their normal school dinner arrangements. For those who choose not to eat the lunch this will be sent home.  

KS5W - Wednesday

KS5L - Monday

KS5C - Tuesday

KS5H - Friday

Work experience - appropriate clothing and footwear suitable for placement and a waterproof coat/jacket

KS5H - Tuesday

KS5W - Friday - Horticulture and environment studies

KS5L - Friday

KS5 C - Friday

Wonderful Wednesdays

Students throughout the year will experience college learning at West Lancs College, Adventurous Activities (Canoeing, High/Low Ropes, Bush Craft, Orienteering) and Duke of Edinburgh

West Lancs College - Clothing suitable for sports

Adventurous activities - Mrs Marshall will make contact on a regular basis to ensure that students have all the essentials for the activities planned

D of E - Appropriate warm clothing, suitable footwear for walking and a waterproof coat.

All students study functional Maths and English on a Thursday.

All students in time, will receive a lanyard, school badge and a Now Card (application applies). It is important that students have these with them each day once they have received them.

KS5 also has a Tuck Shop which is open every break time. Students are welcome to bring in money to spend at the Tuck Shop.

All students can access toast on arrival to school as part of our Thrive time at no cost.





Transition Guide Booklet

Updated: 13/07/2022 1.34 MB