Address:Catcote Futures Learning & Skills Centre
Usually September but students can join us throughout the year
19 – 40
- Telephone Number: 01429 236561
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.catcotefutures.co.uk/
Catcote Futures Learning and Skills Centre is a unique college offering a stimulating, personalised and fulfilling curriculum which is dynamic in its development. We firmly believe that our students deserve as many opportunities and experiences as we can offer to support them on their journey into adulthood. We are committed to providing realistic opportunities through our exceptional vocational skills centre and with an extensive range of local employers in a friendly and rewarding atmosphere.Catcote Futures is an innovative specialist college for students with moderate to profound learning difficulties/disabilities, autism and complex needs. We offer a vibrant, holistic learning environment with committed, experienced staff and excellent facilities. We provide independent living, vocational, community and work related learning programmes, giving real experiences to ensure the best opportunities for successful transition into adult life.
Our vision is for Catcote Futures to be an innovative FE centre of excellence, providing outstanding, personalised education for all students.
We are a regional provider and our students typically come from Hartlepool and the neighbouring authorities including the TeesValley, County Durham and Tyne and Wear.
Our innovative curriculum provides individual study programmes focussing on the needs, interests and aspirations of all our learners based on the 4 pathways leading to adulthood. This is then differentiated into a further 4 curriculum pathways matched to the needs and abilities of the learner to ensure the best and most appropriate teaching and learning approach to support accessibility, engagement and progression.
- Sensory Explorers - PMLD classes following a structured, multi-sensory curriculum.
- Aiming High - Complex SLD/ASD classes following highly structured and personalised experiences.
- Reaching Out - Specialist ASD provision working together and accessing other groups in college.
- Taking the Lead - A fluid curriculum based on learner choice.
- STEPS - A work based curriculum for learners with moderate learning difficulties.
Our refurbished Learning and Skills Centre is specially designed to provide genuine and realistic learning experiences in Lifeskills, and vocational options including Horticulture, Hospitality and Catering, Reprographics, Hair and Beauty, Art, Pottery, Woodwork, Office Skills, Creative Media and Retail. We have embedded enterprise throughout our curriculum and also have a gym, Jacuzzi, sensory room and forest school. Our offsite shop and café provide ‘real’ work employment experiences and our caravan and bungalow provide opportunities to develop and strengthen independent living skills . We have highly skilled staff who have specialist skills in many different areas.
> Our expertise
We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:
- Moderate learning difficulties
- Severe learning difficulties
- Profound and multiple learning difficulties
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Communication difficulties
- Severe autism spectrum disorder
- Multi-sensory impairment
- Mental health needs
- Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
> Our curriculum
- A personal development programme
- A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
- Opportunities to experience real work situations
- Opportunities for work experience
- Opportunities to take part in a range of business activities
- Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
- Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
- Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
- Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
- Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
- Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
- Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
- Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
- Opportunities to prepare for work after college
- A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
- A transition programme into supported or open employment
> Our specialist services
- Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
- Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
- In-house physiotherapy
- In-house medical provision
- In-house occupational therapy
- Specialist training to enable independent travel
- A range of therapeutic services
- Guidance and counselling services
- Sessions to improve posture and mobility
- In-house speech and language therapy