Our philosophy

Becoming an adult, experiencing life changes, planning for the future and acquiring skills and knowledge for independence is a vital time in any young person's life. When that person also has complex needs requiring social, educational and health support, it becomes a time of complex planning, exploration and agreeing future directions and pathways.

Recognising that people with learning disabilities may take longer to learn and make their transition into adult life, the Hesley Group have extended their services to meet the new regulatory entitlements of young adults up to 25 years of age and can now offer places within its Independent Specialist College provision.

Ultimately the over arching goal for all the people using the college provision is to develop increasing independence in preparation for the next step they take.

Hesley Group Independent Specialist Colleges actively promote joint working with partners/stakeholders in order to provide coherent pathways for the individual as they progress towards:

• community and supported living
• living back in the home area
• being near to family and friends

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How do we make it work?

• We have the staffing expertise and specialist knowledge
• We have a sound curriculum that is tailored to meet each individual’s needs
• We have strong learning pathways that are recognised by partners/stakeholders
• We have strong partnerships and joint working relationships to enhance the breadth and depth of individual learning programmes/work related learning opportunities
• We’re committed to person-centred planning and seek to always ensure the person’s needs are at the heart of everything we do


Our courses and programmes put the person at the centre of their learning and cover a wide range of experiences, from vocational courses to independent living.

The driving force behind every programme is the person’s pathway and associated individual needs, aspirations, abilities and talents.

We provide the best learning experiences for the young adult because we deliver:

• Varied environments, which provide a balance between challenge and support
• Activities where people are encouraged to develop the skills they need
• Specialist expertise in supporting learning through our strong multi-disciplinary team
• Highly personalised programmes, equipping the person with the skills they need for adult life
• High quality adult living accommodation that supports development of life-skills
• Continuous assessment and recognition of progress
• Internal and external quality assurance and monitoring systems
• Courses/learning experiences linked to external accreditation including ASDAN/OCN