Preparation for Adulthood

Finished at School

Sixth Form has always excelled at preparing our students for adulthood, but we are always looking to improve ourselves, as this is what we also instil in our students.

The Finished at School Programme was a DfE–funded project that commenced in 2013 and was concluded in 2015.  It was launched to support more young people with autism to access further education and achieve a positive transition to adulthood. At the time the project was established, fewer than one in four young people with autism were continuing their education beyond school.

They appointed the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) at the University of Warwick to evaluate the project. The evaluator’s remit was to determine the impact of the project: what difference it made to the young people, schools and colleges involved. 

This information has now been written up into a report and published.   

Ambitious about Autism developed a Finished at School guide. They also included an audit, which Sixth Form have completed to see where are strengths and weakness are, so moving forward every student has the opportunity to have a smooth transition to their next placement after Greenbank.

See below for the results of the audit

Key Learning Points from the Finished at School Programme

Relating to the SEND Code of Practice 2014

Listening to the voices of young people with autism

'As young people develop, and increasingly form their own views, they should be involved more and more closely in decisions about their own future.' Section 8.13

What are we doing already?

What are our plans for the future?

1. Changed the whole timetable to become more personalised and relevant to the current education and job market.  This has allowed students to develop their own views about:

  • realistic career aspirations and the methos of attaining that job through employability lessons and external work experience placements
  • healthy choices with their diet and lifestyle choices through Sports for Life, tuck shop and the 6th form dining area
  • managing and funding their own activites via the Business Enterprise lessons
  • make an informed choice about their future college placements due to extensive College Links Course, past students talking about their own expereinces and also local colleges coming in to speak to students regarding what courses and support are on offer 

2. Students are invovled in the Annual Review process each year , including Short Term Outcomes, Impact Statements and Individualised Learning Plans

3. Independent Careers Advisors have been invited into 6th Form and have discussed various topics, including Internships and Apprenticeships

4. Careers Fair held with industry professionals from the world of Technology, Construction, Retail, Local Authority and Art and Drama

1. What support is available to support PfA from Social Services? Invites have been sent to Social Services to explain to the students what support they may be entitled to, bith now and in the future when full-time college is only 3 days a week.  We are currently waiting for a date for this

2. What support is available to support PfA from The Department for Work and Pensions? Invites have been sent to the DWP liaison for this area regarding talks on benefits and entitlements and also how to use the local Job Centre.  We are currently waiting for a date for this

Key Learning Points from the Finished at School Programme

Relating to the SEND Code of Practice 2014

Working in partnership with parents and carers

'Local authorities, schools, colleges, health services and other agencies should continue to involve paretns in discussions about the young person's future.' Section 8.15

What are we doing already?

What are our plans for the future?



Contact the School

Greenbank School

Greenbank Lane,
Northwich, Cheshire,

Chair of Governors: Mrs Mary Hyde

Main Contact: Headteacher: Mr Mike McCann

Tel: 01606 288028