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Application & Transition

Our Foundation learning team caters for students with moderate learning difficulties and a range of disabilities.

The Willerby Grove Campus is fully accessible but the Houghall Campus may be a challenging environment for those with limited mobility. However, transitional visits are recommended to ensure it is accessible for the individual.

Our service covers learners aged 14 and over. Provision for 14-16 year olds is provided by the ‘Transitional Development Team’. This service gives unique, bespoke provision to help young people who are unable to remain in the school environment. Intense support is given around behaviour, responsibility, social & emotional management.

Learners and families should contact Student Services on either 0191 518 8222 (Peterlee) or 0191 375 4700 (Houghall) to arrange preliminary discussions. Visits can be arranged to look at the sites and discuss programmes and courses. We encourage early application for all courses.

The College has an applications procedure, on receipt of an application form you will be guaranteed an interview and an opportunity to discuss your needs & aspirations. Following this you may be offered opportunities to participate in Summer Schools and Taster Sessions & other events to help you move from school into the College environment.

College works in partnership with the young person, parents & carers and local authorities to determine whether the College can meet your needs & aspirations.

Any decisions made will follow full and open discussion with the learner, parents, carers and will be communicated in appropriate language.