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Finding Post 16 settings – schools, colleges, universities

When a young person with SEND  turns 16 they have a number of options including staying on at school, staying on at sixth form or going to college. For young people with SEND including those with an EHC Plan, possible post-16 opportunities should start to be considered during their Transition Review.

Staying on at school

Some schools in Slough provide education for young people with SEND who are post 16 and have appropriate support arrangements.

In Slough, Arbour Vale School, a special school, has a further education department where young people can continue their learning until Year 14, when they reach 19 years.

Other mainstream secondary schools in Slough have sixth forms. Each school will have their own entry criteria and admissions procedures.  

Staying on at school is not for everyone so the child / young person needs to think carefully and make sure it’s right for them.  

Going to a local college

Going to a local college

The alternative to staying on at school is going to the local college.

Further Education colleges generally offer a wide range of vocational and academic courses. They provide support for students with additional needs including specialist teaching support, one to one support if required, lifts/ramps and specialist equipment.

Many students will attend mainstream courses with extra support, whilst others will choose more specialist courses to meet their individual needs. These courses will aim to increase independence and confidence and will usually provide basic educational support specifically focused on the development of independent living skills.

The young person can explore different options and take into account their views and aspirations for the future. Encourage your son or daughter to visit their local colleges and investigate which one can meet their individual needs, goals and aspirations.Young people must be in education or in some form of training until they are 18 years old. There are different options which may be considered.

Going to a post 16 education school provision eg sixth form

Going to a college
In Slough and surrounding boroughs the following colleges support young people with special educational needs and disability.

Supported Learning

Young people must now be in education or in some form of training until they are 18 years old. There are some different options which can be considered.

Going to a post 16 education school provision eg sixth form (further education)
Some schools in Slough provide education for young people with SEND who are post 16 and have appropriate support arrangements.

Going to a college
In Slough and surrounding boroughs the following colleges support young people with special educational needs and disability.

Thinking about Higher Education, Universities

As with colleges, each university will have its own support for special needs and disabilities. This should be provided in the university prospectus. If you have a disability, mental health condition or learning difficulty, it is a good idea to contact course providers to discuss what you might need as early as possible – even before sending your application.
For more information on university courses, visit the UCAS website

Check list of questions for course providers
Here are a few things to check with the course providers you are interested in:

  • Does the support available meet your individual needs?
  • How does the course provider currently support other students with a similar impairment?
  • Can anyone help with applications for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)?
  • Will you need to provide proof of your disability – if so, what is required?
  • If you find it hard to talk to the course provider, can you nominate someone else on your behalf?

Find a disability officer
To find the disability officer at the university you wish to enroll at, or the nearest disability officer to your home address, go to the DSA-QAG website.

The Disability Rights UK Guide for Disabled Students provides information on accessibility, choosing courses, support and finance.

Financial support
Higher education students can apply for a Disabled Students Allowance.