Kingston Maurward College
Dorchester, DT2 8PY, Dorset
|Special Needs||ASD, ASP, AUT, LD, MLD, SEMH, SPLD|
|Date Appointed||August 2016|
|Number of pupils||53|
Set within the stunning English country estate of Kingston Maurward College in the heart of rural Dorset, our Foundation Studies department boasts a range of study programmes for learners with special educational needs and disabilities. These combine multidisciplinary specialist teaching with Social Enterprise participation. Students will study a variety of vocational subjects including animal care, agriculture, horticulture and conservation as well as employability and personal development, English and mathematics.
The diverse student experience, combining inter-departmental teaching with student participation in the Peakhill Social Enterprise glasshouse, allows learners to gain a wide variety of transferable, practical skills. This promotes progression towards long-term aspirations of employment and community participation and provides learners with opportunities to make choices about their own future.
Our provision not only equips learners with a diverse set of skills to improve their employability prospects, but provides learners with individualised support and essential life skills coaching. This affords learners with a clear sense of direction, autonomy and motivation and awards them a greater sense of self-worth and wellbeing.
Sharing resources with other departments in the College including a working dairy farm, Animal Park and formal Victorian gardens provides learners on study programmes with the opportunity to work with our SEND learners. This has proven to be a great success in terms of raising awareness of learning disabilities and difficulties and promotes inclusive teaching and learning across the entire College estate.
Our provision aims to equip students with the academic, personal and social skills needed to enable them to fully participate in college and community life and prepare them for adulthood.
In addition, there are no fees up until the age of 19, unless students have an Education Health & Care Plan in which case there are no fees up until the age of 25.
Entry requirements are a love for all things outdoors!