David Lewis College

Outstanding Specialist College for young people with learning disabilities.
Animal care at Top Farm
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David Lewis College
Mill Lane
Alderley Edge
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    Sept. for residential at any time for day
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25



General Description

David Lewis College offers an holistic learning environment for young people with moderate-complex learning difficulties, neurological conditions (including epilepsy and autism) with associated behaviours and communication difficulties.

Our multi-disciplinary approach provides on-site therapists, medical specialists, specially trained staff and excellent facilities.

We are situated on a spacious campus in rural Cheshire, close to local towns and Manchester.

Catchment Area



Each student has an individualised timetable which is designed to suit their needs, interests, aspirations and long term goals.

Five courses, according to educational functioning. Course aims:

Course 1: To develop total communication through a sensory curriculum with integration of therapy and communication

Course 2: To develop communication and daily living skills through a practical based curriculum. Therapy is integrated to facilitate improved communication and behaviour management

Course 3: To develop functional skills through experiencing practical, vocational and curriculum focused learning

Course 4: To access a range of vocational learning opportunities in preparation for voluntary/supported employment

Course 5: To gain the necessary skills to secure and sustain supported employment, or employment

Work experience and where appropriate, qualifications and accreditation are important elements of the placement.

Specialist Facilities

On site Medical/Clinical Team, Psychology and Behaviour Support Service, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Occupational Therapy

Multi-gym, heated indoor swimming pool, all-weather pitch, sports hall, specialist bikes, bowling green, outdoor space aplenty

Land Based Skills Centre: Small/large animals, fish, dog grooming

Rainbow Café, Juice Coffee Lounge, horticulture, specialist media centre, radio station

Community David Lewis: Industry standard print shop, garden maintenance, metal craft, woodwork services, retail shop

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Multi-sensory impairment
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • A personal development programme
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication 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 experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
  • > Our specialist services

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • In-house physiotherapy
    • In-house psychology services
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Waking night residential staff
    • In-house medical provision
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year

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The S41 symbol next to most of the colleges in the directory means that they are on the Secretary of State’s Approved List.

This list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some parts of the Act apply to these independent institutions. This includes specialist colleges.