Additional learning support

If you have or think you may have a medical condition, physical or sensory impairment, learning differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum Condition or any other learning needs, our Additional Support Team can help you. Our dynamic team have been recognised for the exceptional support available to students by the British Dyslexia Association and the Association of Colleges. If you're a current student looking for help or advice, visit us in the Skills Development Centre in BG06 (Queens Drive) & P100 (North Star). For prospective students and parents you can email

We can provide:

  • 1:1 specialist teaching
  • Access to shared in class support, following assessment, software programmes, such as DocPlus, and the accessibility options with Microsoft Office 365
  • Specialist equipment, such as Soundfield System for students who experience hearing loss
  • Specialist Learning Support Tutors who are able to assess for Access to Examination Arrangements (special exam arrangements)
  • Mentors for students with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition, Mental Health needs or if you have an Education, Health & Care plan.

Autistic Spectrum Condition

We have a Baseroom with Pod Chairs, bean bags, puzzles, games and a kitchenette. You will also have access to Mentor.

Mental Health

If you experience significant anxiety or mental health diagnosis which impacts on your life most days, then we have a Wellbeing team and a room which is open from 10am until 2pm, this provides a safe, quieter space to retreat to during breaks at college. The Wellbeing team are someone that you can talk to, they can signpost you to other support services within the college such as the College Counselling team and/or refer on to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)


For our wheelchair users, the building is fully accessible.

We have a fully equipped medical room for students who require Personal Care. If you require personal care please speak with the Disabled Children’s team as you will need a Personal Budget which will enable you to bring in a Personal Care Assistant when you need them.

If you are worried about starting college we run a Meet & Greet day, usually the 3rd Wednesday in June, it is an opportunity to meet with Support Staff, Progress Coaches (Personal Tutors) and teaching staff. Get to know other students who will be joining us and tour the building to become familiar with the college lay-out and where your classrooms might be. Also, we have a Transition Project which is usually the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday before the GCSE exam results day which is always on a Thursday.