We are a Good (Ofsted 2018) specialist college providing individualised learning programmes for students with special educational needs and learning disabilities, particularly autistic spectrum condition and complex behaviour within the age range of 16-25 years. Our campuses in Dawlish, Devon and Torpoint, Cornwall, provide stimulating learning environments that enable students to focus on their individual goals of independence in living, working and enjoying life. Our residential facilities at our Dawlish site range from large properties with individual bedrooms and communal areas, to self-contained single and shared flats.
We are a national provider, accepting learners from across the UK.
Our curriculum offers a wide range of academic, vocational and experiential learning opportunities including work experience and supported internships aligned to the local employment market. Individual programmes, designed in partnership with the student, including functional skills (literacy, numeracy and ICT) and vocational subjects, as well as a strong programme of living skills to prepare students for life beyond college, at home and in the community. A varied programme of opportunities for leisure and social activities includes: creative arts, physical well-being, Duke of Edinburgh, swimming and trampolining. The college end of year prom is the highlight of our students’ social calendar!
Our excellent multi-disciplinary support includes personal tutors, key-workers, speech and language therapists and qualified counsellor. We have links to local district nurses and learning disability teams and other professionals, as required. Our residential provision provides sleeping-in/waking-night staff and 24 hour senior management on-call availability. We also offer a separate, off-site, outreach provision; Oakwood Court College - Personalised Learning Service, which provides a unique care and educational programme for young people who exhibit a greater level of challenging behaviour. The aim of the programme is to prepare these young people with strategies and skills that will enable them to join the college population or to follow a vocational route outside of college to prepare them for further learning or employment.
We have close links to the local community with many of our students accessing work experience placements in the surrounding areas.