Many students from New Siblands School go on to continue their education at local colleges once they have left school. Most mainstream colleges have courses aimed at students with high support needs, with a good degree of support available across the college both within classrooms, and across the less structured parts of the day such as arrival, break and lunch, and the end of the day.
Locally, City of Bristol College runs the Horizons and Focus courses: http://www.cityofbristol.ac.uk/courses/skills-for-work-life-further-study/vocational-life-skills/horizons/
To discuss learning support across the college sites contact firstname.lastname@example.org
At SGS College Filton/Stroud there are courses such as Passport to Independence and Gateway to College: http://www.sgscol.ac.uk/CourseDetail.aspx?Campus=filton&Department=access-to-college-education-filton&Course=Passport-to-Independent-Living
Most colleges further afield will run similar supportive courses, for example at City of Bath College there is Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) – contact Sally.Eaton@cityofbathcollege.ac.uk
and Foundation Studies at Wiltshire College and Weston College: https://www.weston.ac.uk/supporting-you/learning-support https://www.weston.ac.uk/why-choose-us/campuses-and-facilities/weston-bay
Many local colleges now offer Project Search courses and internships, aimed at more focused routes to the workplace: http://www.cityofbristol.ac.uk/courses/skills-for-work-life-further-study/vocational-life-skills/project-search/ https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/product/project-search
These courses would be expected to meet the support needs of the vast majority of students. For those students however with exceptional or highly complex needs there are more specialist college providers available, which can be explored via the www.natspec.org.uk site. Funding would only be agreed if the Local Authority was satisfied that a local college provider was unable to meet the support needs and outcomes detailed in a young person’s Education Health and Care Plan.
Although defined as ‘full-time’ many college courses will run for 3-4 days a week which means it is possible for young people to take part in other activities alongside their college courses. Equally, there are plenty of options that can be explored instead of attending college courses, as the main focus of their week.