Freeman College

An independent specialist college educating young people with complex behaviour and learning difficulties including autism
The logo of Freeman College S41 status


Freeman College
88 Arundel Street
S1 2NG
  • Course Length:
    36 to 52 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
  • Course Dates:
    Students accepted all year-round
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25 years
  • Other Locations:



General Description

We offer places to young people with complex learning, behavioural difficulties, mental health issues and autistic spectrum disorder. Our students receive Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) through craft, theatre and land-based studies. We teach our young people valuable, transferable life skills and independence, which allows them to access further education, supported living accommodation, and/or work. 

We offer day and residential placements to students aged 16-25 and take referrals throughout the year.

Catchment Area



Freeman College is housed in a beautiful brick former cutleryworks and the nearby High Riggs market garden in downtown Sheffield. Students at Freeman draw upon the rich history of the area and learn the crafts of metallurgy and forging, work in social enterprises such as the Fusion Café, and grow vegetables for the college canteen and café in the garden.

Our curriculum supports students to develop personal, social, vocational and independent living skills. Each student has a personalised programme designed to meet their needs and interests, it includes spoonforging, jewellery, pewter, metalwork, horticulture, green woodwork, textiles, art, music, drama and a range of therapies. Students benefit from embedded and discreet Maths and English sessions and work experience with local employers.  The Pathways Team plan successful outcomes for students through a seamless process from admissions to transition and work with the student to achieve their aspirations.

Specialist Facilities

Students at Freeman College work across four sites; two within Sheffield city centre, one in the countryside at Stannington, the other in the suburb of Nether Edge.

Freeman College offers young people its unique, learning style through meaningful real life activities in a safe environment. Our safeguarding team recognises the importance of stretch and challenge whilst keeping safe.

Residential provision consists of small team houses and Shared Lives Provision (SLP) which offers support, care and accommodation. Students live in the community in houses with support from our team of expert residential support workers or with SLPs (living in a family setting). Living within a residential provision enables students to learn new skills in daily living, become as independent as possible whilst sharing in life with others. Our residential services are registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Asperger syndrome
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Mental health needs
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • A personal development programme
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
  • > Our specialist services

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Waking night residential staff
    • 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.