SEND provision to open at Peaks Campus

10th May 2024

  • The Sheffield College is launching a new post-16 provision for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) at its Peaks Campus, which is currently being refurbished.

    The new provision, which is due to open in September 2024, will be aimed at students with SEND whose support needs cost at least £6,000 per year. These students will usually have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. However, those without an EHC plan can still apply and will be assessed by one of the college’s EHCP Coordinators.

    Students will be able to choose from a range of courses, which will be aimed at different abilities. All will focus on preparing young people for adulthood by helping them develop their life skills and employability skills. Most students will be working on pre-entry or level one programmes, with some working towards a Functional Skill or GCSE qualification where appropriate.

    It is envisaged that students will progress onto a range of opportunities, such as provision at the Hillsborough Campus, mainstream study programmes, or supported work.

    We have been working closely with the college to ensure that the new provision meets the needs of local families. This has included feedback from parents that the traditional college offer of three days per week is insufficient for many young people with SEND. We are pleased that from September 2024 onwards, all students on SEND-specific programmes at Peaks and at Hillsborough will receive four days of provision per week. There will be an optional fifth day of activities focussed on the further development of employability skills required for supported work.

    For more information, please see our Q&A page or email: (Academy Director) (Head of SEND) (Head of Student Experience)