Fairfield Farm College

Fairfield Farm College is a specialist college for young people with learning disabilities with residential, day and weekend courses
Meeting the new piglets in animal management
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Fairfield Farm College
43 High Street
Dilton Marsh
BA13 4DL
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    September (mid year possible)
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25



General Description

Fairfield Farm College is a specialist college for young people with learning disabilities with residential, day and weekend courses. You usually join the Vocational, Employability and Independence Training course when you are between 16 and 19 years old, you can also join when older providing you have completed your course before your 25th birthday.

Situated in the village of Dilton Marsh in Wiltshire, our 26-acre farm site includes well-resourced teaching, employability, vocational learning and work-based learning areas, a student common room, multi-use games area, conference room, café and a farm shop.

We offer a wide range of flexible day college and residential programmes. Some residential programmes are up to 52 weeks per year. 

Catchment Area



When you start at the college, you will take part in an induction course where you can try all of our subjects to help us develop a programme with you that meets your longer term aspirations.

This includes:

• iCurriculum -independence skills training and personal, social and health education
• vocational learning (enterprise, art, animal management horse studies, horticulture)
• communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills 
• work-based learning & employability skills (catering, café, horticulture, retail, catering, customer care and office skills)
• regular external work experience, initially with an appropriate level of support
• independent advice and guidance 


Specialist Facilities

We are based on a 26-acre farm site with the following specialist facilities:

  • farm livestock and small animals
  • horses, stables and outdoor arena
  • enterprise workshop
  • plant houses and outdoor growing areas
  • hospitality kitchen
  • outdoor learning facilities
  • IT
  • farm shop, post office and café
  • conference venue
  • large student common room with gym equipment
  • multi-use games area
  • adapted houses



Other Information


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  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Severe autism spectrum disorder
    • Asperger syndrome
    • A wide range of physical disabilities
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • A social skills programme
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • A specialised land-based curriculum
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
  • > Our specialist services

    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Residential provision linked to the academic year
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales

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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.