Arden College offers both residential and day placements. Residential placements are available for term time only (38 weeks) and the full year (52 weeks). Placements are also available for weekdays only.
Arden College has a variety of accommodation available, from one person flats to shared houses for up to four students. Some homes are suitable with physical disabilities and have accessible rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities.
All residential students have their own bedroom at their home. Students are encouraged to personalise their rooms so that it feels familiar and safe. This can include bringing decorations, games, books and photos from their family home.
Residential students at Arden College share communal areas of the homes, including lounges, kitchens and bathrooms. Students are supported to interact appropriately with peers to develop friendships with other young people in their home.
Residential students take part in an extended curriculum to promote and develop independence in the home and community. This is personalised and supported according to each student’s needs.
In the extended curriculum, students are supported to take responsibility for a range of tasks, including personal care, preparing meals, doing laundry and keeping their home clean and tidy.
Accessing the community
The extended curriculum also includes accessing the community. Students build on work done in the college to interact safely with people they meet and to develop skills to travel more independently, including road safety and accessing public transport.
A wide range of activities
Residential student participate in a wide range of recreational activities both in and out of their homes. This can include cinema visits, pampering sessions, taking part in sports, personal shopping and many other activities, as chosen by the students.
Within each home there is a weekly meeting where students can discuss what activities they would like to do, what meals they would enjoy and other issues related to life within the home. Each student also has a personal key worker who will support the student to maintain contact with their family, and will work with the student to ensure that they are able to participate fully in residential life.
“We enable young people to develop the confidence and skills they need for the next stage of their lives.”
Siobhan Partington, Principal at Arden College