Leighton College

Rated GOOD by Ofsted in 2016, at The Leighton College we pride ourselves on being small enough to care, but big enough to make a difference.

We still have a few student places open for September 2017 on our Personal Development and Employability courses. Get in touch to come and visit or discuss further

Our vision

for young people with learning disabilities to have the same opportunities as everyone else to fulfil their potential.

Our mission

empowering young people to learn, develop and work together on the path to independence.

Our values

independence, inclusion, individuality, friendship and pride.


What we do at The Leighton College

We are a person-centred three year further education facility teaching independent life skills to bridge the gap between adolescence to adulthood.  We have a two year course in ‘Personal Development’ and a third year course in ‘Employability.’ It is possible for learners to gain direct entry to our year three ‘Employability’ course, complete all three years or years 1 and 2 in ‘Personal Development.’ The courses run for approximately 20 hours per week, following Camden school term dates and support young people with learning disabilities to make informed choices about their future.

Who is the college for?

The courses are designed for young adults aged between 16-25 years with mild to moderate learning difficulties and disabilities.  The College is open to applicants across London.  With a maximum of 20 students across three years we are able to offer a truly person-centred approach. The Leighton College is ideal for any young person who may find it difficult to cope in a larger or mainstream environment.

How The Leighton College works

Our courses will help to build learners’ confidence to speak up for themselves and develop skills for independent living, relationships, work and volunteering. Our lessons are broad and varied and include drama, health and relationships, maths, English, ICT, cookery and art.  Students are also taught how to access community facilities using public transport.

During their time at The Leighton College, learners are offered a rich work experience programme and given help and guidance with progressing on to other colleges, training and work (paid and voluntary).  We offer a strong enrichment programme, including volunteering opportunities in the local community.

The Leighton College: Personal Development

Personal Development is a two year study programme at The Leighton College, supporting young people to develop independence, communication and functional and creative skills.

Leighton Students in a Cookery Class

The study programme will include:

  • English

  • Maths

  • ICT

  • Health and Relationships

  • Shopping and Cooking

  • Access to sport

  • Art

  • Drama

Independence is developed through travel training, accessing the community, understanding how to stay healthy and practical skills.

English, Maths and IT will support students with skills needed in life such as reading important information, communicating and using money.

Opportunities to use communication skills necessary for independence are incorporated into the curriculum through accessing local facilities, confidence-building and on work placement.

Work Placement

There will be an individually tailored programme of work placements. Learners will undertake 2 placements of their choice for up to 6 weeks and participate in group volunteering opportunities.

Students will keep a diary of progress and placement staff will assess acquired skills and knowledge.

We have a good partnership with John Lewis, Oxford Street and they will continue to offer work experience for our students across the store.

Outcomes

Qualifications

Learning outcomes are focused on supporting and improving access to employability.

Archery on Residential Trip

  • Increased skills in English and Maths

  • Increased communication skills

  • Increased peer interaction skills

  • Increased travel and safety skills

  • Increased skills for independent life

Students will achieve the accredited Ascentis Award in Personal Development ranging from Entry Level 2 to Level 1.

Additional Support

  • Named worker and termly reviews

  • Goals included in ILP and monitored

Learners can access Elfrida Rathbone Camden’s other projects including volunteering, campaigning and community participation.

The Leighton College: Employability

Employability is a one year study programme at The Leighton College, supporting young people to develop skills in getting jobs and getting confident in the world of work. The course also supports young people to gain more independence through travel training, understanding how to stay healthy and shopping.

The study programme will include:

  • English

  • Maths

  • ICT for work

  • Work Skills

  • Confidence and Communication for Work

  • Health & Sport

  • Independent Living skills

English, Maths and IT will support students with skills needed at work such as sending emails, CV writing, applying for jobs and using money.

Students will develop other work skills such as team work, communication skills, appropriate dress & hygiene, following instructions, travel skills and confidence building.

Opportunities to use communication skills necessary for independence are incorporated into the curriculum through accessing local facilities, confidence building and on work placement.

Work Placement

There will be an individually tailored programme of work placements. Learners will undertake 2-3 placements of their choice for up to 6 weeks and participate in group volunteering opportunities.

Students will keep a diary of progress and placement staff will assess acquired skills and knowledge.

We have a good partnership with John Lewis, Oxford Street and they will continue to offer work experience for our students across the store.

Outcomes

Learning outcomes are focused on supporting and improving access to employability.

•          Increased skills in English and Maths
•          Increased skills for employment
•          Increased communication skills
•          Increased peer interaction skills
•          Increased travel and safety skills
•          Increased skills for independent life

Qualifications

Students will achieve the accredited Ascentis Award in Skills for Employment, ranging from Entry Level 2 to Level 1.

Additional Support

•          Transition planning in tutorials

•          Goals included in ILP and monitored

Learners can access Elfrida Rathbone Camden’s other projects including  volunteering, campaigning and community participation.

How new students can access the Leighton College

  • Self referrals can be made by completing the Leighton Application Form 2017-2018.

  • To discuss a referral before filling in an application form, call the Leighton College Coordinator Sousan Luqman on 020 7424 1617.

  • Professional referrals may be made via schools, colleges and other training facilities, together with Adult Social Care (LDT).

  • The young people are invited to look around on an initial visit, followed by “taster” sessions. 

Financial help for students

Our Bursary schemes range from £180 to £1,200 per year and are intended to be used to meet costs associated with a young person’s Education Programme at the ERC Leighton College. Examples of things the bursary can be used for include;

·         Books and study material travel to and from Elfrida Rathbone Camden or a work placement. Clothing and equipment to help a student attend a work or volunteering placement or interview.

·         Additional courses to support a student’s learning programme at the Leighton College

Bursaries do not have to be repaid as long as you have a 90% attendance rate. You may also qualify for Free College Meals. For more information please click the link below.

Financial Support for Students – Notes

Financial Support Application Form

To apply for a bursary or free school meals please click above to download and complete the Financial Support form and return by e-mail with supporting evidence to Chris@elfridacamden.org.uk or post to: Chris McAuley, Elfrida Rathbone Camden, 7 Dowdney Close, Kentish Town, NW5 2BP.

Contacting the College

For more information about the Leighton College please contact the College Coordinator Sousan Luqman via email sousan@elfridacamden.org.uk  or call her on:

Tel: 020 7424 1617 or 07887 542403

Leighton College Ofsted Report

The Leighton College was rated as a GOOD SEN further education provider in March 2016. Read the full report here: Leighton Project Ofsted 2016

Download Leighton Education Project leaflets to share

Leighton Project Trifold Leaflet

Leighton Education Easy Read Leaflet

Leighton College Students on Residential

College staff and students went on a 3 day residential trip to Grangewaters Outdoor Centre in Thurrock last year. They had a fantastic time – check out the video below to see and hear about what they got up to. We hope to repeat this on an annual basis where possible.

Location

The College is based at
Elfrida Rathbone Camden
7 Dowdney Close
Kentish Town
London NW5 2BP