The Mount Camphill Community

The Mount Independent Specialist College is part of a Camphill Community which provides engaged learning in a holistic environment
In the bakery
The logo of The Mount Camphill Community


The Mount Camphill Community
Faircrouch Lane
East Sussex
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25



General Description

The Mount Camphill Community successfully supports young people with a range of learning disabilities, communication and behavioural difficulties within a vibrant, yet peaceful, rural environment. The supportive community setting offers shared living which encourages students to work towards their potential in all aspects of their lives.


A full-time residential or day curriculum including crafts, arts, work experience, life skills, movement, drama, cooking, baking, gardening, maths and English. Individualised study programmes are created to support students to reach their aspirations as captured in their EHC plan towards future living and working.

The currciulum offers accredited learning opportunities via Pearson Skills for Life units, BTEC Cookery courses and Edexcel qulaifications in English and maths. All students have the opportunity to participate in internal and external work experience developing skills in prepartion for future employment or supported employment.

Specialist Facilities

The Mount Camphill Community is proud of its beautiful extensive grounds which include excellent workshop facilities. We have a wood workshop, weavery, bakery, pottery, training kitchen, sports hall, green woodwork area, classrooms, forge and organic vegetable garden. We also have specialist therapists including Speech & Language Therapist, Eurythmy Therapist, Massage Therapist, Bothmer Gym Therapist.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A specialised land-based curriculum
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • A personal development programme
    • 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
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options 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 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 independent living
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
  • > Our specialist services

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Sessions to improve posture and mobility
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • 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

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