What to expect in Key Stage 5

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:


Cooking on a budget

Ironing and sewing

Work experience launch and signing onto enrichment and volunteering activities.

Gap Year Talk

Step up to Year 12

Debating launch


Careers Convention:

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

NCS launch


Future First and the world of work

CPR and First Aid

Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley Speaker for schools


BLESMA and resilience

Yoga for mindfulness

Christmas Quiz


Police Learning to Drive and County Limes:

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

Self Defence



Work Experience week


Appreciating other faiths




Democracy and Law in Britain

Mock Week


Finance budgeting and bank accounts


Sport for fitness

UCAS convention

Senior leader interviews


Two collapse days UCAS and apprenticeship applications

End of Year trip

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
  • Rome
  • 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.