Thornbeck College

Thornbeck College is an Independent Specialist College providing personalised programmes to autistic and neurodivergent individuals

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodivergent people to fulfil their potential in life.

Our Sensory Programme is an individualised programme of study for 16 to 25 year olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), who want to develop their social communication skills and ability to self-regulate their sensory processing.

On the sensory programme learners will develop strategies to overcome barriers to learning. Each learner has a key tutor who works with them, their circle of support and relevant external agencies to plan and review their progress towards their personal goals and aspirations at regular intervals. An extended assessment and on-going transition planning will ensure the provision is appropriate for each learner’s needs. Learners may progress into an adult day programme or independent/supported living after college.

A personalised timetable could include:

  • Independent living skills
  • Community participation 
  • Activities and experiences that promote health and well-being
  • Participation in social enterprise activities
  • Activities to support the regulation of emotional well-being and sensory needs using person centred approaches 
  • Pre-entry literacy and numeracy
  • Opportunities to develop social communication skills using person centred approaches
Entry Requirements

Learners must have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). To apply your Local Authority will need to consult with Thornbeck College. We offer a pre-entry assessment before learners join college. All learners are considered on an individual basis and matched to a programme that is best placed to meet their needs, support their outcomes and move them towards their aspirations.

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