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South West Regional Assessment Centre

Preparing young adults for adulthood
Residential few days at rural education centre
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South West Regional Assessment Centre
Merley House
Merley House Lane
BH21 3AA


  • SWRAC rural activity centre
    Roman Road
    DT2 9SL
  • SWRAC Bournemouth
    22 Sea Road
    BH5 1DD
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
  • Start Time:
    September, November, January, April
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25


General Description

Young adults who are aged between 16 & 25 who have an EHCP

Catchment Area

Dorset, Hampshire and parts of Somerset


Preparing for aduthood themes of employabiity skills, Health skills, Community & social engagement and Independence skills. The main programmes are 'Preparing for Llife', 'Preparing for work' and 'Get into work' ('Get into work' is actually a Supported Internship programme). The three programmes are proceeded by our 'Pathways' programme which is a three month period for students to get to know us and for us to get to know the student. The Pathways programme helps identify which of our RARPA units are most suitable and relevant to the individual needs & interests of the student. It identifies which of the three main programmes students move on to based upon individual abilities and competencies. English, Maths, British Values and Safeguarding are incorporated within all of our programmes.

Our curriculum was developed based upon personal family experiences of senior staff within the organisation where we felt that vocational & real-life education that enables people to thrive in life was more appropriate to our students than the more academic programmes of the mainstream education system. 

Specialist Facilities

At the moment our 2 main campuses are equipped to provide support to young adults with SEND who are high functioning and ambulent. We have senory rooms to support students and a small holding to allow studnets to develop confidence and self-esteem through interactions with animals and market garden type activities. We support students through EHCP reviews, speech & language support, educational pyschologists and great levels of pastoral care, IAG & Careers Guidance. A team of external engagement staff work to find appropriate work experience opportunites and work coach support to those in work experience

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Residential few days at rural education centre
our #sayYEStoSEN event with Mayors of Bournemouth and Poole Councils
Having fun and games at the Christmas party at the wonderful Merley House in Wimborne
Our trip to Downing Street to learn about British Values

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