Post 16

Cavendish Post 16 Department

The Post 16 Department is situated at our purpose built Bungalow on the main school building. 

It comprises of: 

  • A soft furnished area where students are able to meet at break times and socialise. 
  • A kitchen area where students are able to make drinks, cook and learn kitchen hygiene skills. 
  • Toilet and bathroom facilities which meet the needs of both able bodied and physically disabled students. 


Transition to Further Education takes place at the end of Key Stage 4. The Cavendish High Academy Post 16 accepts students inhouse and from other schools within Halton and the surrounding areas. We encourage prospective parents and students to make arrangements to visit the department prior to enrolment. 

Non-prejudicial visits and consultation meetings take place to inform parents/students about the ethos and curriculum which is offered. 


All students follow a personalised learning pathway. The individual needs of each learner are our priority. 

Students study Functional Skills, Life Skills, Employability Skills and Vocational Studies. 

Our learners are split by ability groups in our classes.

College Links are key visits and are actively promoted and where applicable supported by school. 

Functional Skills 

Students study English, Maths, ICT and PSD. These are taught via individual priority targets (Key Skills) and during specific subject lessons. 

Where appropriate at the end of their leaving year students will take 

Functional Skills Tests (English, Maths & ICT) at a level that corresponds with their ability. 

Life Skills 

Students study all aspects to prepare them for adult life. These include Community Skills, Home Management, Sports, Leisure and Religious Education. Students are taught in ability set groups so that the curriculum content can be managed to suit all needs. 

Vocational Studies 

Students study Employability, Enterprise and subject specific skills. The students choose from three options (Expressive Arts, Catering and Horticulture) they will dedicate two days of their time table to this vocation.

For more information please look at our Brochure.


We currently accredit our courses with ASDAN and Ascentis. We offer accreditation from Entry Level 1 upwards. Gaining qualifications and valuing students achievement is an essential part of attending The Cavendish High Academy post 16 department.