Henshaws Specialist College

We empower young disabled people to progress and learn to live more independently
The logo of Henshaws Specialist College S41 status


Henshaws Specialist College
Bogs Lane
  • Course Length:
    37 weeks per year. 52 week placements available
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Course Dates:
    September, January and April. Applications also accepted in-year. Short breaks service available.
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    47 residential plus 50 day students
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25 years
  • Other Locations:



General Description

Henshaws Specialist College is a transformational place. Through our personalised approach to learning and care we empower young disabled people to progress live life the way they want.

We deliver individual study programmes to maximise the progress a young person can make towards a fulfilling adulthood. Whether preparing for employment, making friends or learning to live more independently, we enable our students to make their goals a reality.

Our specialist education, care and therapy teams support students aged 16-25 years with a wide range of disabilities and complex needs. We have a low arousal setting, The Starting Point, for students with autism, dedicated facilities and provision for PMLD students and a growing supported internship programme at both our Harrogate and Bradford sites.

We offer day and residential places as well as part-time programmes from one to four days a week.


Our personalised curriculum focuses on a students individual goals and their aspirations after College. We deliver study programmes from Pre-entry to Level 2.

Our programmes are designed to develop independence, employability, personal and social skills. Each programme is designed around a students individual needs to prepare them for life after College.

We support our students to develop their skills through vocational learning both on and off campus and through supported work experience.

Specialist Facilities

We continue to invest in our facilities to create a safe and accessible environment to enable our students to develop transferable skills.

Our Media and IT Centre is home to our IT suite, work and employability centre, commercial print service and recording studios.

Our modern sports facilities include:

  • swimming pool
  • hydrotherapy pool
  • multi-gym with gantry hoist equipment
  • sports hall
  • steam and sauna rooms.

Specialist therapy, education and sensory support services, including assistive technologies are integral to maximising our students progress.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • A wide range of physical disabilities
    • Communication difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • A personal development programme
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
  • > Our specialist services

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
    • In-house physiotherapy
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
    • 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.