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Berkshire College of Agriculture
BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture) is situated 4 miles from Maidenhead town centre. It provides a wide range of practical and academic courses. The Foundation department caters for around 100 students with learning disabilities ranging from those with higher needs in Entry 1 classes to those attending ‘Steps', which is a Level 1 programme for young people who are not quite ready to join the Vocational courses. Students with extra needs are supported to join courses at higher academic levels where appropriate. One to one and classroom support is provided by the ALS department.
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Where to go
- Hall Place
- SL6 6QR
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The Foundation department provides courses for learners with a wide range of disabilities including autistic spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and those who are not yet ready to join vocational courses in our other areas such as Animal Care, Horticulture, Motor Vehicle, Health and Social Care etc. Students come from a wide geographical area covered by our college bus service.
BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture) is situated 4 miles from Maidenhead town centre. It provides a wide range of practical and academic courses. The Foundation department caters for around 100 students with learning disabilities ranging from our Entry 1 courses for those requiring more support to the ‘Steps to Successful Employment’, which is a Level 1 programme for young people who are not quite ready to join the Vocational courses. Students with extra needs are supported to join courses at higher academic levels where appropriate. One to one and classroom support is provided by the ALS department.
- Contact Name
- Colin Symons & Emma de Goede
- Contact Telephone
- 01628 827444
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
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Students in the Foundation department are taught in small classes, with a learning coach to support them. The curriculum is varied, including opportunities to work outdoors with the animals and in the countryside, as well as IT, personal development, life skills and functional skills. Students have individual programmes, working towards agreed targets.
Staff know the students well and are able to respond to any failure to thrive or changes in behaviour. Tutorials are recorded and parents or carers will be involved at the earliest opportunity where there is cause for concern. Tutors contribute to PEP meetings for looked after children.
Students contribute to their target setting in their tutorials, there are parents’ evenings once or twice a year which give opportunities to discuss progress with the tutor. Parents are encouraged to keep in contact either by phone or email if they have particular concerns.
All students in the college are expected to fill in questionnaires about their views on the college, and to take part in focus groups.
Support in College is given according to information from students' EHC plans or transition plans. This can range from a shared learning coach, to individual support. Classes are small and structured and staff understand that some students struggle to be in the classroom. Programmes can be adapted to meet individual needs. Students are included in all aspects of college life and share the facilities such as canteens, common rooms and outdoor areas with the rest of the college.
All courses include ‘enrichment’ which broadens the experience of the students. The college has a team of ‘Student Development Officers’ (SDOs) who organise sporting and social activities across the college. All the courses will include some trips and visits.
Personal Social Development is a part of the curriculum in Foundation. Where tutors are concerned about the wellbeing of the students they can refer them to the welfare officer who can support them to get the help they need. This could be in conjunction with families and other agencies where appropriate. The SDOs are always available to listen to students and support them if they have worries about anything inside or outside college, including bullying.
Teachers and learning coaches are kept up to date through training and attending conferences. There are regular observations to ensure that standards are kept high.
Young people wishing to enrol on a course at BCA can come to an Open Day or arrange a personal visit. They will be interviewed and if offered a place, will be encouraged to attend a taster day. A transition programme of further visits will be arranged to suit the young person.
When it is time to move on, students are supported in their next step, either to another course at BCA or signposted to another college, employment or another agency.
College website: www.bca.ac.uk
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