Beechwood College is a residential college for students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition.
Beechwood College offers inspirational education for young people with ASC, with a flexible range of placements. The majority of students take up fifty-two week placements, although thirty-eight week, term-time only are available. Beechwood College is also able to accept day students that attend College within the term time period. Other variations in placement type can be negotiated as we are always willing to respond to the needs of individual students and their families.
- Course Start Dates:
Flexible – students can be at Beechwood College at any time of the year. The academic year starts in September.
- Course Length per Year in weeks:
Formal education is 38 weeks, but there is a 24/7 waking curriculum throughout the year.
- Maximum Student Numbers:
57 residents and 10 day students.
- Age Range:
General Description of College:
Beechwood College offers inspirational education for young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). Our vision and philosophy is based upon the principles of TEACCH, PECS and Makaton.
Our unique twenty-four hour learning environment supports students to:
* increase communication
* build imagination and creativity
* develop social confidence and skills
* enhance sensory integration
At Beechwood College we know that every young adult has potential. We aim to unlock that potential by delivering individual programmes of study that are based around a clear assessment of each student’s primary needs.
We provide twenty-four hour, seven days-a-week care and support for every residential student in every aspect of their daily lives.
Beechwood College is unique in that it has its own highly skilled team of clinicians working in close partnership with the residential and education teams in order to meet the physical and emotional health needs of each student.
- a range of vocational courses with opportunities for accreditation.
- 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
- a programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
- opportunities to experience real work situations
- opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
- opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
- opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
- opportunities to take part in a range of enterprise activities
- opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
- expertise in working with students with autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
- expertise in working with students with epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
- expertise in working with students with multi-sensory impairment
- expertise in working with students with communication difficulties
- in-house speech and language therapy
- in-house physiotherapy
- in-house psychology services
- an occupational therapy programme
- residential provision extending beyond the academic year