Thomas Doran Parkanaur Trust - Parkanaur College

Parkanaur College is an independent, specialist further education College for students with intellectual and physical disabilities


Thomas Doran Parkanaur Trust - Parkanaur College
57 Parkanaur Road
BT70 3AA
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    18 – 65



General Description

Parkanaur is an independent specialist residential college committed to promoting equally the vocational education and personal development of people aged 18+ with a range of intellectual, physical and/or sensory disabilities and learning difficulties.

The college aims, within a residential setting, to provide the opportunity for people with disabilities to bridge the gap and facilitate the transition between school or the sheltered home environment, to employment and independent living.

Thomas Doran Parkanaur Trust is a member of the Charity Coimmission..



Students are offered a range of courses aimed at providing access to nationally recognised qualifications, vocational training and work experience. The college currently offers OCN level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in General Administration, Horticulture, Catering and Hospitality, Assembled & Upholstered Furniture Production. Extra-curricular activities are a key part of the Parkanaur experience, which seeks to provide the students with leisure activities and independent living skills.

Specialist Facilities

Parkanaur supports transition into adult life for young people with autism/complex needs, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Parkanaur College is an outstanding specialist college with vocational programmes designed to help young people build employability skills through real work experience.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Mental health needs
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of d/Deaf students
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Communication difficulties
    • Multi-sensory impairment
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Severe autism spectrum disorder
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • A personal development programme
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • Opportunities to attend local further education colleges with support
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
  • > Our specialist services

    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
    • Residential provision linked to the academic year
    • 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.