• Sarah D. Young, Headteacher : telephone 01263 578144


Sidestrand Hall School and Strands Sixth Form Centre are a local authority Special School and College located on the outskirts of Cromer, serving students aged 7 to 19 with complex needs. We also provide residential provision (term time only) for students to develop independence and social skills.

Opening Ceremony 2017



Sidestrand Hall School and Strands Sixth Form Centre believe that all students have an entitlement to a full and extended curriculum, which enables them to achieve success.  All staff are committed to raising educational standards by addressing student needs through personalised learning programmes and targets. The school promotes positive relationships between students,  staff, parents and community partners.  Ofsted Inspectors have recognised this as a strength of the school.  The school has clear expectations and boundaries, and has a ‘fresh start’ approach following any difficulties.

Curriculum Map

Curriculum and Options

Home Maintenance
Splash Gym
Victory Swimming
Strands Charity Shop
Animal Care

Our Prospectus

Strands Sixth Form Centre is a Post-16 provision for students aged 16 to 19. It is based in the grounds of Sidestrand Hall School which is a local authority state school for children with a range of complex needs.  Students have statements of special educational needs. Their needs include moderate learning difficulties, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder and speech, language and communication difficulties.

Strands Sixth Form Centre has a strong, dedicated team of experienced and qualified staff who are able to meet the complex and diverse needs of the students . There is a high level of pastoral care, independence and life skills instruction which support and enhance the accredited courses which are set-up for the students in Strands Sixth Form Centre.


The school was awarded a grant to build a 40-place post-16 provision, which opened in 2017.  Students can access all of the facilities within the school and they also access local community amenities such as a gym, swimming and leisure pool, a farm and the school’s charity shop in Cromer.

Pupils already attending Sidestrand Hall School in Year 11 are automatically considered for commencement and progression through to Strands Sixth Form Centre and the SKILLS course offer.

Pupils that are not attending Sidestrand Hall School in their final  year of KS4  are admitted to school via the Local Authority’s policy for the admission of pupils to special schools, and therefore via their EHCP Coordinator.

Parents and carers are requested to provide and support students with the following items of clothing and equipment :

  • Smart casual clothes for college
  • Warm clothing for colder weather as necessary
  • Clothes for working outdoors, for example at the farm
  • Waterproof clothing as required
  • Wellies / boots / shoes for outdoor work
  • Trainers for gym
  • Sportswear for gym
  • Swimwear
  • Towels
  • Toiletries suitable for after gym / swimming
  • Appropriate bag to carry any clothing / accessories for curriculum

The College Equal Opportunities Policy seeks to enhance the achievement of all students whatever their background. Central to this is the individual, who is encouraged to reach their full potential. All people need to feel that they are valued, that their identity is respected and that Strands Sixth Form Centre is a secure and welcoming place. All students are entitled to a balanced and relevant curriculum where their achievements are celebrated. The Equal Opportunities Policy is “for all, by all and about all”.

Ethnic, cultural and religious needs are taken into account in the way we teach and care for our students, from their care plans to their meals to their courses of study. We help students to understand our differences and value each other’s rights to observe beliefs, customs and celebrations.

Students are encouraged to support others in need, whether at College, School, locally, UK-wide or abroad through fundraising events or charity events.

Sarah Adams, Transition Coordinator

All students receive information, advice and guidance (IAG) in the Sixth Form to help them prepare for life after College. This IAG is delivered by our Transition Manager Sarah Adams and is supported by all staff in the Sixth Form.

All students have planned and supported transition meetings and ultimately work experience work placements which are tailored to their own individual needs and ambitions. All progression routes beyond Strands Sixth Form Centre are carefully planned in close consultation with students and their parents / carers and agreed with relevant placement officers, agencies and other support networks through Transition Plans.

All of our tutor groups are small with appropriate levels of support from qualified teachers, teaching assistants and tutors. We are able to provide individual teaching timetables and bespoke courses relevant to each student, in order to meet their own needs.

 The curriculum is differentiated to enable and empower students to build on strengths and interests whilst developing skills and knowledge. Our programmes  of study offer a broad range of engagement  and they are accredited through Gateway Qualifications, which cover personal and social skills, employability skills and learning skills, as well as vocational studies based in real working environments and in conjunction with our partner contacts and the school’s charity shop.

Our new 16-19 curriculum gives learners the opportunity to gain skills in :  Maths, English, PHSE, ICT, Child care, Cooking, Home Maintenance, Crafts, Health, Gym, Swimming, Working in the Community, Retail, Enterprise, Animal Care, Workshop Skills, Access to a care farm, Conservation, and Independence/Life Skills

The college day begins at 8.45am and ends at 3.00pm and our students are predominantly brought to college on taxis and minibuses.

The College has the following Policies and Procedures in relation to Safeguarding it’s students :

  • Individual Risk Assessments
  • Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safeguarding training for staff, Governors and students – including E-Safety
  • Safe Internet Policies and Procedures
  • Safe Recruitment Policy and Procedure
  • Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Sleuth on-line behaviour monitoring and tracking system for incidents

All of the above are available to download from the schools Policies and Documents page.

The College’s SEN Policy is designed to ensure a clear and effective match between student’s needs and provision in College and that each student’s progress is closely monitored through the Assessment Policy and Annual Review arrangements. Each student has their own Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which is reviewed annually.

Staff will produce a range of plans to focus on students’ needs and development through the academic year. All plans are reviewed regularly and some will form the basis of the College’s annual reports to parents / carers.

Plans can include :

  • Individual Education Plans (IEP)
  • Individual Behaviour Plans (IBP)
  • Care plans : for medical and health requirements

All students are taught by qualified teachers and tutors who have experience of working with additional special educational needs. Students may also receive dedicated support from a teaching assistant when appropriate. There is also support and guidance from specialists in the fields of:

  • Behaviour
  • Speech and Language
  • Multi-sensory impairment
  • Nursing and Medical matters
  • Signed Communication
  • ASD support

Pioneer – Steve Hoskins

Endeavour – Hannah Letts

Explorers – Helen Keyworth 




Strands Sixth Form Centre is situated in Sidestrand on the North Norfolk coast, near to Cromer.


The School and College grounds comprise of 15 acres of woodland and other more open areas which include an orchard, nature trails, wildlife area and open recreation areas.