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Arden College

Welcome to Arden College

Arden College is situated in the heart of Southport, a vibrant and cultured town on the west coast of Lancashire. The college makes the most of its location, with a lot of the extended curriculum being located in vocational settings within the community.

As a specialist day and residential college for students aged 16-25 years with learning difficulties and disabilities and/or behavioural and social difficulties, Arden College provides individual programmes of support either as 38 or 52 week placements for up to three years.

The college has designed its curriculum to develop, and support, the communication skills that are fundamental to effective learning. The student cohort has changed over the last few years and the number of learners presenting complex support needs has increased. Many students have significant communication issues which could impact on their opportunity to take part in a meaningful programme of study. It is recognised that the expectation for these students rely on different routes and outcomes if the college is truly going to meet their needs.

With a dedicated team of staff, we provide every young person with a personalised programme of education, care, leisure, life skills and training to enable them to live as independently as possible and make their own life choices. The college also offers a wide range of work experience placements which may also lead to paid or voluntary work opportunities.

Mark Musselle, Principal at Arden College

“Gaining the appropriate skills to live and work as independently as possible is a pivotal part of the student’s programme. Although the individual’s access formal taught lessons, real life learning through living experiences, reinforced in the residential setting, makes a vital contribution to the progress and achievements of the students.”

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