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Lunchtime Clubs

Some of us have been enjoying joining in lunchtime clubs like Choir and Yu Gi Oh.

IDEAL Winter Tea
IDEAL Winter Tea

We invited our parents to our Winter Tea at the beginning of December. We had to do lots of cooking, we made things like sausage rolls, cakes and we even made, iced and decorated a Christmas cake!    

Year 13 Boccia Tournament
Year 13 Boccia Tournament

Year 13 went to St Neots for a Boccia tournament, it was a good day even though it was noisy. We didn't win but we stayed to congratulate the winners.    

Christmas Shopping

We went in small groups to go Christmas shopping, this gave us practice of buying items which will be useful when we are older, we had to practise using money. We went to Burger King for lunch as a treat!

Pantomime Time

We went to see Aladdin at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge. We thought it was quite funny, there were messy scenes, and lots of noise (oh no there wasn't!)

Year 13 Work Experience

Year 13 students have now started their work experience placements and they are working in a wide variety of places from retail in Oxfam, Sainsbury’s and Co-op to placements in a care home and a primary school.

Health and Safety at Work
Health and Safety at Work

Year 13 students have started their new WorkSkills BTEC this year and as part of a health and safety unit listened to a very stimulating talk from Mr Di Franco and Mark Chapman, Health and Safety Officer for IVC.

Year 12

Year 12 students have settled in well and are looking forward to the challenges ahead!

Visit to the Buddhist Centre

As part of Entry Level Religious Studies all Year 12 students visited the Buddhist Centre in Cambridge. They participated in meditation as well as learning more about Buddhism and the Buddhist shrine.

Visit to the Job Centre

As part of their work experience all students in Year 13 visited the Job Centre in Cambridge. The students were provided with advice about seeking a job and information suitable careers. For this visit they practised their independent travel skills by using public transport.

Departmental Ethos

IDEAL is a two-year course for post-16 students who have a full Education, Health and Social Care Plan (EHCP).
It provides a full time, five day specialist provision delivered in a small supportive community, housed in a purpose built facility, within a mainstream school and a lively inclusive sixth form.




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eisure and Learning

IDEAL is a stimulating, challenging and nurturing environment where young people have a voice, develop and make progress in skills for life and are supported in finding suitable courses in further education or employment.
The IDEAL students have access to facilities including a thriving garden area, well equipped kitchen and state of the art computers and SMART boards.


Year 12

In Year 12 students have the opportunity to make new friends and begin to develop through the following qualifications:

ASDAN PSD Life Skills (Entry Level)
Entry Level English
Entry Level Religious Studies

Year 13

In Year 13 students continue to develop their skills with an emphasis on becoming more independent and accessing the world of work.

BTEC Home Cooking Skills               (Level 1)
BTEC Performing Arts                     (Level 1)
BTEC Sport and Active Leisure         (Entry Level)
BTEC Work Skills                             (Level 1)

Work Experience

In Year 13s all students participate in work experience as part of their Work Skills qualification. They investigate various jobs by visiting different work places. Students complete their own personal profile and choose the kind of work they would like to do.
Placements in the past have included Oxfam, Blue Cross, Primary Schools, Nurseries and National Trust.

In addition to formal qualifications students enjoy a variety of other courses: art, office skills, creative writing and illustration, music, dance, horticulture, literacy and numeracy, science, swimming/hydro swim, physical education and fitness, hair and beauty.

Students also benefit from careers and course guidance.


Travel Training

All students have the opportunity to participate in a travel training programme throughout the year. They visit places of interest using public transport with an emphasis on independence as well as refreshing road safety awareness and stranger danger.

Anglesey Abbey

IDEAL has enjoyed a long relationship with the National Trust and all students have the opportunity to make a great contribution to the on-site nursery providing plants for the house and garden. This intervention develops practical gardening skills with a range of activities such as potting up plants, planting seeds, working in the greenhouses and building bird boxes.

Cambridge Regional College

All students enjoy attending a link course in multi skills. An additional advantage of this is that they become familiar with the much larger environment of Cambridge Regional College and enjoy being independent in their social time.