What to expect in Key Stage 5

Post 16 education at Cromwell is vibrant within our new Post 16 Centre; this includes a large common room, private study classrooms, laptops and a state of the art IT room - all exclusively for Post 16 students.

We offer a wide range of courses both academic and vocational, as well as a strong tutorial and enrichment programme which we passionately believe helps our students to achieve their ambitions. 

You will be asked to select 3 A level subjects or equivalent when you join in year 12, to study over the two years. If you have not achieved a grade 4 in English or maths, it is a statutory requirement that you attend these lessons and re-sit the exam to ensure you get a 4 grade. Employers and universities will expect you to have that as a minimum.

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At Cromwell we aim to make our personal development (PD) curriculum vibrant by providing a number of outside speakers, gaining hands on life skills and fundraising. There are also a variety of trips for both information and guidance and for fun.

Below is the outline of activities in Year 12 which take place during PD sessions:


Careers Convention:

An excellent opportunity to discuss future plans with employers, universities and look at all the amazing apprenticeships on offer.

Future First for those exploring a non university route.


BLESMA talks from ex-military amputees and resilience workshops. 

Speakers for schools Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. 


Christmas Quiz

Competition time between the tutor groups. 


Police Learning to Drive:

A very hard hitting session looking at the effects of speed, mobile phones, drink and drugs and the use of seat belts. 


Sports Relief Bake Off:

A chance for the tutor group team to bond whilst making money for charity, which cake will win?


Chlamydia and STD's:

A session to raise awareness on sexually transmitted diseases


Baking for University

Keeping fit


First Aid with St Johns Ambulance

Combat Academy - learn self-defence skills

How do finances work and budgeting for university

Head boy and Head girl interviews


UCAS DAY at Anglia Ruskin

Personal Statement writing day

Ex 6th form students come in to talk to year 12

We have additional speakers coming into the college to speak to our post 16 students on important issues such as, voting and how to register, and the National Citizenship Scheme.

We also offer educational trips and visits to various destinations:

  • The Houses of Parliament and the London eye
  • Lessons from Auschwitz - Poland
  • UCAS Convention - Cambridge
  • Young drivers event - Huntingdon
  • Getting ready to apply for university - Anglia Ruskin University

In Year 13 our focus from September to December is UCAS, apprenticeships, CV writing and interview skills.

From January onwards we want each of our Year 13 students to have a very specific mentoring session. This means the personal development slot is used for academic mentoring sessions on a one to one basis. This includes discussion around study skills, attendance, future dreams and current performance.