InFocus College

Non-maintained Special School and College

Founded

1838

Charity Chief Executive

Jane Bell

Age Range

16 – 25 years

Special Needs

ASD, CP, EPI, MLD, MSI, PhysImp, PMLD, SEBD, SLD, VIS

About InFocus College

We provide specialist care, support and education for children and young adults with a wide range of vision additional and complex needs, including:

  • Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Severe Learning disabilities (SLD)

  • Moderate Learning needs (MLD)

  • Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Physical Needs

  • Social and emotional needs

What we do

Education

A specialist college for residential and day students up to the age of 25.

InFocus College sits on a 14 acre site at the edge of Exeter with equally-easy access to the city centre and Devon countryside. The campus has enviable adapted facilities to support vision impairment and other complex needs, including residential accommodation and facilities for developing independent living skills.

Our curriculum inspires, challenges and empowers each student to live their best life

The InFocus College curriculum has been specifically designed to support progression for children and young people with a vision impairment and additional needs. It is accessed by students across the school and college, taking into account age and development-related learning, and also each individual's visual impairment and other needs.

Our curriculum inspires our young people to engage with and enjoy the learning process, embedding learning into their daily lives. It ensures that students engage in a broad range of exciting and creative opportunities, developing their independence and having fun as they learn. Fun and enjoyment are an essential part of the learning journey, seeing motivation as key.

Learning at InFocus happens everywhere and focuses on gaining independence and preparation for adulthood. This includes access to a wide range of work-related learning including work experience, supported internships and employability training.

Some of our College leavers move onto other provisions with the charity (include our residential care homes, supported living, or Jigsaw daytime service.

Specialist staff

We have our own team of nurses, teachers, support workers, therapists and staff who specialise in mobility, Braille and access technology.

Our facilities

Swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, 2 Rebound therapy trampolines, radio station, adapted trikes and bicycles, multigym, outdoor gym, 2 separate horticulture sites, sensory gardens, play areas, multi-sport activity court, forest school, eBay and charity shop work experience.