Sheaf Specialist Vocational College

Sheaf Specialist Vocational College


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, throughout lockdown and for the 2020/21 academic year, Sheaf Training Centre has remained open and we have worked extremely hard to safeguard all of our students and staff members. Our top priority at Sheaf remains ensuring upmost COVID-19 safety and the health and well-being of all our students, their families, staff and visitors/guests. In order to ensure that we are staying as COVID-19 safe and secure as possible throughout 2020/21, we are conforming and complying with the Governmental guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19, we have carried out a rigorous risk assessment, we have reconfigured our campus walkways, learning environments, classrooms and workshops, we have adapted and applied learning bubble methodology (including smaller group sizes), we have structured some of our programmes to combine blended learning (students working from home) with on-campus learning activities, we have engineered measures in place to maintain a two metre social distance in our learning environments and we have hygiene and handwashing products and procedures in place in-line with Governmental guidance and NHS England recommendations. We wish to sincerely thank you for your support during this challenging time. Please do keep yourself and your loved ones safe.


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This resource, please click here, explains the different symptoms an individual may experience if they have COVID-19, a cold or the flu.

To get the latest NHS information and advice about COVID-19 tests, please click here.


Latest Covid-19 Update

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 22nd February 2021 in regards to the re-opening of colleges and schools during the week commencing Monday 8th March 2021. Particularly, the expectation that every 16 to 19 year old student (or up to 25 years with an EHCP) will attend their provider in person and will undertake the majority of their planned learning hours on site. Please click here for the latest government news and guidelines so that we can continue to keep each other safe. In addition, please click here for Sheffield City COVID-19 related news and information. In line with our current safety measures, we have implemented a plan to facilitate this logistically, practically and most importantly as safe as possible. Our clear urgencies are for the safety and well-being of all our students and staff.

Since the start of the 2020/21 academic year, there has been several confirmed COVID-19 cases at Sheaf Training Centre. From 7th September 2020 until 30th September 2020, there were three staff members and no students who tested positive for COVID-19. From 1st October 2020 until 23rd October 2020, there were three staff members and no students who tested positive for COVID-19. From 24th October 2020 until 18th January 2021, there was one staff member and no students who tested positive for COVID-19. From the 19th January 2021 to now, there has been no confirmed staff members or student cases. During these confirmed cases, in line with Public Health guidance, our learning bubble methodology and track and trace procedures, some students and staff were required to self-isolate. When these cases occurred, Sheaf Training Centre remained open for those not impacted. We will continue to monitor this situation continuously and act swiftly when required. In addition, we will continue to work closely with Public Health and take all of the necessary actions. 

Starting in January 2021, in line with the latest government guidance, Sheaf Training Centre will be carrying out lateral flow antigen tests (LFT) with students and staff. The tests are not mandatory and consent is a requirement. Further information will be provided to students and students' parents/carers via Tutors and Mentors. You can click here for information about testing.


Sheaf Training Centre 2020/21 Academic Year

For our 2020/21 academic term and staff development dates, please click here

Parent's/Carer's Evenings

o   Term One: Monday 9th November 2020 – Friday 20th November 2020. Personal Tutors will schedule these via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or by phone

o   Term Two: Monday 22nd March 2021 – Thursday 1st April 2021. Personal Tutors will schedule these via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or by phone

o   Term Three: Monday 14th June 2021 – Friday 18th June 2021


Staff Training Days – Sheaf will be closed to students

o   Monday 4th January 2021

o   Tuesday 5th January 2021


Post 16 High Needs Provision at Sheaf Training

Sheaf Training Centre Sheaf is a vibrant learning and training facility which meets the needs of young people with SEND focusing on developing skills for adulthood and employment. Students are aged between 16 and 25 years old and access our High Needs Study Programmes through their Education, Health and Care Plan. Referrals are made via the SEND Assessment and Placement Team.

High Needs provision is delivered either on site at Sheaf Training Centre or off-site on a programme where learning is supported through one of our partner providers.


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Student support:

Sheaf can provide access to a qualified art therapist and a qualified counsellor to work with learners.

Sheaf also employs an experienced Speech and Language Therapist.

Sheaf employs an experienced social worker to provide support.

Effective provision
The June 2017 Ofsted Inspection of Sheffield City Council provision found that "Specialist courses for learners with high needs are very well planned and highly effective."They also found that "Learners contribute well during stimulating activities and make good use of a wide range of excellent specialist resources such as assistive technology which enable them to progress well."
High Needs Programmes:

All High Needs Programmes include:

• English and maths at an appropriate level. Delivered through qualifications or embedded within learning activities at a level appropriate the learners e.g. use of money in shops, time when travel training, speaking appropriately to members of the public.
• Enrichment activities (including sport and leisure, creative and digital activities see - ).
• Independent living
• Healthy lifestyles
• Community participation
• Enterprise and work related activities

Learners follow a range of pathways through one of our 4 programme areas:

 Individualised Programmes

• Individualised timetables primarily using the practical skills based curriculum both within and outside Sheaf Training.
• Progression pathway towards supported living or work.
• Typically a two or three year programme.
• Links with community and adult social care based provision where appropriate.

 Personal Progress/Preparation for Adulthood Programme

• Group based provision built around main curriculum areas within Sheaf
• Likely pathway to further vocational learning and mainstream college
• Typically a one or two year programme
• Access to Duke of Edinburgh Scheme once a week.


Click here for the Ofsted report.
Click here for the Sheaf Brochure.



Sheaf Training

Norwood Drive


S5 7BH

T: +44 (0) 114 4031007



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Success Stories at Sheaf Training

I started on placement at Shooters Grove Primary School after leaving school and gaining a Place at Sheaf to study the Certificate for the Children and Young People’s workforce.
At Sheaf Training we are so proud to hear that Corner House Nursery has received a Grade 1 –Outstanding in their recent Ofsted inspection. We have had strong links with the nursery for a number of years...

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