My Life Learning

My Life Learning provide a bespoke and inspiring curriculum for young people with additional needs.
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My Life Learning
My Life
Thompson House Equestrian Centre
Off Pepper Lane
Standish, Wigan
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
  • Start Time:
    Mainly September but flexible
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25



General Description

Our unique facilities and flexible staffing allow us to provide a bespoke curriculum that meets the requirements of students with a variety of needs. We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with conditions including but not limited to: 

  • Severe learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Communication difficulties
  • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Emotional difficulties

Catchment Area

We are a regional provider and accept learners from across the North-West.


At the heart of My Life Learning lies our belief that every individual should be supported to achieve their full potential. As a result, a key focus that runs throughout our courses is that of preparing learners for adulthood.

We understand the emotional impact that new environments can have on new students and put in place a transitional period to help smooth the pathway to their learning.

With a wide range of curriculum subjects, many of our courses lead to a mix of accredited learning and non accredited outcomes which are personal to each learner.  All our teachers have relevant qualifications and an extensive range of experience.

Our available curriculum subjects include:

  • Animal care (practical and theory)
  • Animal care (horses)
  • Horticulture (on and off site, in the community)
  • ICT and media
  • Health and fitness
  • Catering
  • Art
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Music technology
  • Gym and swimming
  • Cycle and woodwork workshops
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Textiles
  • Mindfulness

We recognise the importance of numeracy and literacy, which can be taught as stand-alone subjects or are embedded throughout cross-curricular activities.

As part of the learning process we also offer a wide range of work experience and supported internships, both of which take place off site.

Specialist Facilities

Set in 84 acres of green land with our own woodland, My Life Learning provides an alternative and inspiring environment in which to learn. On-site facilities include classrooms, an IT suite and indoor and outdoor activity areas.

We are fortunate to have our own farm on-site, on which learners can become involved in animal care and horticulture. Products grown and made by students are often sold to members of the public at our many events, giving learners the opportunity to become involved in commerce and enterprise, as well as the wider community.

Our own on-site café and residential chalets provide real-life learning in hospitality and catering, both front and back of house, providing opportunities for learners to interact with members of the public in a real-world setting.

As part of the charity My Life Legacy, My Life Learning is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Our site is entirely accessible and specialist healthcare support staff and facilities, including a fully accessible hygiene suite, are available to learners who may require this.

Other Information

As part My Life Legacy, My Life Learning can also offer the following services:

  • Day Opportunities – full or half-day meaningful person-centred daytime activities in a range of subjects including arts and crafts, dance and drama, outdoor adventure and cooking
  • Advocacy – a range of confidential, independent advocacy services to help individuals make choices about their lives, understand their rights and get their voices heard
  • Short breaks – on site are three accessible short-let chalets, where visitors can relax, unwind and take in the breathtaking scenery. It’s the perfect short break and an alternative to respite.  Care and support packages can be arranged for the duration of your stay
  • My Life Support – a bespoke service designed to help individuals manage their personal budget, covering aspects such as care and support planning, recruitment and management of PAs, money management, the finding of accommodation and more
  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have been affected by abuse or personal trauma
    • Mental health needs
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • A performing arts curriculum
    • A specialised land-based curriculum
    • A personal development programme
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • A social skills programme
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • 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
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • Opportunities to take part in a range of business activities
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
  • > Our specialist services

    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements

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