Valley College

The post-19 course has been designed to meet the needs of a specific group of Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LLDD). Learners admitted to the College roll have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) identifying their needs and individual objectives. College uses statutory documentation alongside in-house assessment materials to baseline new learners.
Our vision for College learners is to equip them with the skills to be fully included in their own community. College can be a pathway to paid work, further study or meaningful volunteering. Our pathways are accredited and we have formed an extensive work experience network with local business and community organisations. Our 3 current pathways are titled:
• Pathway to Independence – A pathway for entry 1 learners, of middle and higher ability in the entry level 1 spectrum
• Pathway to Employability – This is for entry 2 learners
• Pathway to Employment – This is for Entry 3+ learners with additional social and emotional needs Wherever possible we promote the transfer of learners from Valley College to local Colleges, directly into employment or social care.

This provision is based on 4 days per week and includes:

  • Individualized Curriculum;
  • Support for personal development;
  • Modified curriculum resources, including multi-sensory approaches;
  • Speech and Language enhanced staff, including staff skilled in Alternative & Augmentative Communication;
  • Access to a wide range of specialist tutors including HI/VI/ASD tutors;
  • Staff trained in Moving and Handling with the ability to implement Physiotherapy Programmes;
  • Support to develop social skills, including self-regulation;
  • Appropriate levels of supervision, including support for less structured activities and in the work place;
  • Highly trained staff offering a range of targeted strategies to enhance learner progress;
  • A strategic link to Teaching School and Outstanding Special Learning Community with access to staff Continuing Professional Development and innovative pedagogy;
  • Structured intervention cycle; precise assessment of prior learning and skills; SMART target setting; targeted teaching; evaluations of individual outcomes;
  • Learner centered review process involving parents/advocates and social care/health staff where relevant incorporating mental capacity assessments;
  • Staff trained in a range of medical procedures.

The College has a dedicated demountable building comprising of 2 large classroom spaces, a resource area, a meeting room and office space. In addition, the College has a fully equipped independence flat with a through lounge diner, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. We are in the process of developing a shop that will be open to the public as a retail training facility at the start of the summer term.

Students accessing Valley College can also access Trust resources including a multi-sensory environment, the Garage Café, fulling equipped catering training kitchen and horticulture provision