NEW Post 16 – Opening Autumn 2019
The Springhallow Post 16 is located at Redwood College which is approximately 2.5 miles North West of the main school site. There is an exclusive Centre for the students but at the heart of Redwood College, to encourage inclusive learning so students feel a part of the wider college community. The address is 485 Greenford Road, Greenford, UB6 8SR
The maximum capacity will be 30 students. However in the first year we will aim for 10 for September 2019, increasing to 20 in September 2020 and reaching the full capacity by September 2021.
Currently, the main Springhallow Post 16 building has 4 large rooms. Three will be designated for teaching spaces (one per pathway) and the fourth will be used as a student common room, to eat and relax in. This room will be nominated as a quiet space with basic Kitchen facilities for staff and students to enjoy. There is also a smaller room which will be used for 1:1 teaching and therapy. There are 3 Male toilets and 2 females as well as 1 staff toilet. Shower facilities are available in the main college building only.
On the Redwood College site, there is a staff room which will be shared with Dynamic Training. There will also be a very large student common room which will have a more ‘active’ presence as this will be shared by all service users. There will be a fully fitted kitchen and a partition to add flexibility to the space by separating the two rooms into a formal meeting area. Within the main college building there are many teaching spaces used by Dynamic Training and at times will be used by Springhallow students too.
Dynamic Training was established in 2009 and is a dedicated training company in the South East of England working and trusted by large and small to medium enterprises in both the public and private sectors. They support learners with various needs to gain confidence in the workplace whether that is through apprenticeships, Supported Internships or training programmes using the ‘My Career’ framework.
They have a team of dedicated staff that are passionate about Education at Post 16 level and making meaningful opportunities for all. They also have a 14-16 programme called ‘My Future’. We will be working on their ‘My Choices’ programme so please visit their website for further information at https://www.dynamictraining.org.uk/redwood-college/
The current aim is to have 10 students and 6 staff in the first year, increasing to 20 students and 9 in the second and finally 30 students, 11 staff. However, we will be reviewing this each year based on the needs of each learner and taking guidance of the students support plans from their EHCP.
As the name suggests, the Post 16 is for students who are at the end of Year 11 and who are ready to transfer to a Post-16 placement so aged 15/16 years old. As it is a three-year course, students will stay until the end of year 14, unless special considerations are made for students to stay for one or three years. Depending on availability, we may consider year 12 students.
There are three available ‘Pathways’ based on the students ability, not age. More information on each pathway can be found under the ‘Pathway’ tab on the website. However in summary:
Pathway 1: Working towards Functional Skills in English and Maths Level 1 and 2 with a higher level of Independence but may require some support
Pathway 2: Working towards Functional Skills English and Maths Entry 1, 2 and 3 with a medium level of independence requiring support
Pathway 3: Working at Pre Entry Level with a focus on Life skills and Independence with a higher level of support required
We offer students a bespoke curriculum with the main focus on Employability as students will be working with Dynamic Training to help support their transition into employment. These qualifications will include:
❖ Edexcel/AQA Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT (Entry Levels 1, 2, 3 and Level 1,2)
❖ BTEC Home Cooking (Level 1 and 2)
❖ Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze)
❖ Food Hygiene awareness
❖ Manual Handling
❖ First Aid
All students across all three pathways will embed life skills throughout the curriculum. This will offer students the chance to learn and practise skills that they need for independent living depending on their current abilities.
Topics covered can include things like: using money, telling time, personal hygiene, health & fitness, cooking and travel training. Part of the work is done in class but regular trips into the local community give students the opportunity to practise these skills in real life situations.
Some students where appropriate are encouraged to use a mobile phone to aid with independence and organisation outside the classroom, especially when travelling independently. The Post 16 will have a mobile phone so students can contact us when required to do so.
Yes, depending on the student’s needs (as detailed on their EHC plans) we will offer therapy either 1:1 or small group work. This may include the Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist as well as Educational Psychologist for example.
During the term the therapist will assess new and existing students and will be expected to write reports reflecting their work to be included in their annual review meetings. As well as supporting students with their needs, the therapists will recommend strategies for staff to implement in class so relevant training will be carried out.
This is a 5 day programme so students will be expected to attend Monday to Friday across the school calendar year based on three terms – Autumn, Spring and Summer. We strive for 100% attendance; however we appreciate that students may be unwell or have special circumstances that may affect their attendance. Please avoid any medical or dentist appointments within the term time or day. However if this is unpreventable, please contact Katie with plenty of notice.
To note, Dynamic Training is different so students are on a rolling programme so their time in the college maybe different. Please contact staff or check the website if you are unsure. Springhallow Post 16 Students working with Dynamic will be for up to one day per week and across the three year programme may complete their week by attending working placements for a percentage of their working week.
Please come and visit Redwood College! Here you will experience that we are a very unique setting. Although we have a range of facilities on offer, the provision itself is smaller than your average ‘college setting’, which makes it ideal for any student with Autism to experience but in a calmer environment. The maximum capacity of learners at one time will be approximately 50 (Springhallow Post 16 and Dynamic learners).
It can however take some time to get to know your way around any new place, therefore we will be offering advice and supportive strategies to aid this change.
Some students joining the Post 16 will have little or no experience of travelling independently. We would strongly encourage parents to contact their local council to arrange continued transport or take part in a travel training scheme. We will run weekly travel training sessions, whereby staff fully supports students to various locations to develop their confidence. We insist that students that travel independently should carry a mobile phone so they can be contacted at any time. This too can reassure parents, the students and the staff and help develop their confidence.
Travel Training is part of the Life Skills course that we offer, once a week. Students who are not independent or confident travellers are identified and, if assessed as ready, are offered individual training on agreed routes. Students are given lots of opportunities to travel independently on short, medium and longer journeys to develop their skills and confidence. However, students in Pathway 3 will develop their confidence on various methods of transportation on different journeys with support at all times. The aim is to develop their confidence away from the classroom.
Students can stay in the Post 16 for up to three years depending on their age on joining. However, students who are able to ‘move on’ after two years – or even one – are encouraged to do so. Staff will make recommendations based on the young person’s progress. All major recommendations about the young person’s future will be discussed at an Annual Review/Transfer Review.
There are many areas for the students to relax in. Some areas are shared with other learners from Dynamic Training; however some are exclusive to Springhallow students only. This includes teaching classrooms, common areas, outside spaces and kitchen facilities. In both common rooms students can relax on the comfortable sofas, bean bags and café style chairs. There will be games, magazines and a TV available to enjoy.
Unfortunately there are no catering facilities onsite that sell food and drink items. Therefore for most students they are encouraged to bring a packed lunch and can store food in the available fridges or in the lockers provided. Once students are fully independent and they have demonstrated they are responsible and safe, they are allowed offsite to go to the promenade of shops nearby or the service station opposite. Parents will be notified to allow permission. if the demand increases for onsite food, we can explore external catering companies to sell food at lunch times.
We will open in the Autumn Term 2019, however we will be hosting opportunities to come and visit beforehand (please refer to the news and events page on the website). Once open, visits to the provision are always welcome.
Please contact Katie Morley if you would like to visit on 020 8998 2700. We will also be happy to answer any questions you might have over the phone and we can send you a copy of our latest prospectus or you can download our prospectus here and view it immediately.
Applications are made to the SEN Team at Ealing Local Education Authority and not through the school. You must aim to apply by the last day in March to be considered for entry the following September. However due to the provision being new, we are happy to discuss potential students at any time.
The young person will be assessed and we may also arrange to visit the student at their current school (non Springhallow students) or class to observe their current environment and their learning needs. Where possible, information is gathered from teachers, parents and reports.
Places are offered to those students who meet the entry criteria through the Local Authority.
All students will aim to use the three year programme to prepare themselves onto the wider world. By collaborating with Dynamic Training, staff will support students to experience the expectations outside of the classroom. They may start with a short work experience which will hopefully develop into more meaningful placements. Students will work with their own Vocational Profile which will be bespoke to them and tailored to their skills, interests and goals and will be encouraged to meaningful and realistic.
Springhallow Post 16 is an extension of the current main school which has a great reputation for specialising with students with Autism. The Post 16 department will offer students with Autism a curriculum specifically aimed at promoting independence, resilience and life skills whilst continuing to work towards qualifications in English, Maths and ICT. It is a “stepping stone” between school and college and/or supported employment which will enable students to reach their own full potential.
If your child is not quite ready to transition onto College/supported employment or not independent enough to take on the challenges these environments bring, we can support them over a three-year period to make these adjustments. Being in a new environment unfamiliar to them, but being supported by staff that are trained to meet the needs of students with Autism, we are confident we can offer a range of options to students across the spectrum.
We have dedicated staff to support students with a range of needs and interests across all three pathways and we are using Dynamic Training to offer subject specific staff with a career focus to deliver the high quality teaching each student deserves.