Foxes Academy

The specialist college and training hotel for young people with learning disabilities
The logo of Foxes Academy S41 status


Foxes Academy
Foxes Fields
Selbourne Place
TA24 5TY
  • Course Length:
    38 week provision.
  • Residential or Day:
  • Course Dates:
    Courses start in September
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25 years



General Description

Foxes Academy is an Ofsted Outstanding specialist college situated in the friendly seaside community of Minehead, Somerset. Our courses are holistic, offering young adults with learning disabilities tuition in hospitality and catering whilst working in a hotel open to the general public. Learners train in independent life skills in beautiful residential accommodation supported by a highly experienced House Team Leader and team.

Foxes Academy exists for its learners. We believe in changing lives and giving our learners the skills and knowledge to shape their own futures.

Foxes Academy won the TES FE Overall Provider of the Year and Specialist College of the year awards in March 2018. Foxes Academy also won the Best Regional Initiative at the Springboard Award for Excellence in November 2017. We are also a Disability Confident Leader, an award which recognises that we are changing perceptions about employing people with disabilities.



Our curriculum promotes independent life skills and work-related experience that leads towards qualifications which are recognised by employers, along with outstanding outcomes.

  • National Vocational Qualifications - Level 1 in Hospitality & Catering
  • City & Guilds qualifications in Functional English, Maths and ICT - Entry Level 1 - Level 2
  • English Speaking Board – Entry Level 1 - Level 1
  • Food Safety in Catering Level 1 or 2 
  • Pathway to Life - Independent Living Skills 
  • Pathway to Life - Vocational
  • Employability course incorporating City & Guilds 5546 Employability Skills qualification

At Foxes our curriculums are enhanced by a range of learning and development opportunities: 

  • External work experience placements
  • Development of soft skills 
  • Participation in catering events
  • Additional vocational learning opportunities e.g. barista course 
  • Personal development week workshops
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Learner voice committee 
  • Careers, Information, Educational Advice and Guidance (enhanced by external partnerships) 
  • In-house therapists - Speech and Language, Cognitive Behaviour and Occupational Therapy
  • E-Safety training

Specialist Facilities

Specialist facilities and resouces include:

  • Fully Functioning Hotel
  • Real life working envirionment 
  • Over 50 regional working experience providers
  • National partnerships including Hilton Hotels
  • Real life home learning environment
  • Safe and supportive community 


  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Severe learning difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
  • > Our specialist services

    • Residential provision linked to the academic year
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Waking night residential staff

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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.