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Havant and South Downs College – South Downs Campus

About our College
Havant and South Downs College is a large Further Education College that offers a range of full-time and part-time courses that are both academic and vocational in nature. These range from pre-entry to Higher education courses. The college also offers apprenticeships and a number of pupils from local schools aged 14-16 attend part-time vocational courses. Class sizes vary but an expected average would be 18 learners per group for courses outside of discrete provision.  The College’s Academic Learning Support(ALS)  can be found by clicking here
‘Foundations for Learning’ provision
We offer targeted Foundation Learning courses to students on a part/time and full/time basis, with group sizes ranging between 5-16 per group. This provision comprises accredited courses for 16-19 year olds with a variety of support needs, including those with specific learning difficulties and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Some learners undertaking these courses have progressed from the special schools sector.
In addition, we have courses for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) which take place both at the college and in community venues in the local area.  Many learners progress on to higher level provision and/or employment. We also offer the Supported Internship programme for learners in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), with qualified Job Coaches to support.

Where the service is provided: 
Havant and South Downs College has two main sites located in Havant and Waterlooville. Off-site provision is also delivered in community settings within the Portsmouth, Havant and Waterlooville areas.

What the organisation provides – types of interventions and support:
Access arrangements for exams – assessments by specialist staff
Access to an Educational Psychologist
An Additional Learning Support Lead team, including a dedicated Lead for students with an EHCP
In-class learning support – small groups and I to I support, including during break and lunchtimes if necessary and for personal care (hoist facilities are available on both Havant and South Downs sites), to develop the students’ independence and study skills
Supervised specialist transport drop-off and pick-up support
Out-of-class support – small group literacy, numeracy and study skills support with qualified teachers. 1 to 1 support with specialist teachers is also available. Teachers’ specialisms include:
Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Speech and Language, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment and mobility difficulties
Access to a qualified Health and Well-being team including 2 registered general nurses and a specialist student adviser for emotional difficulties
Assistive technology, software and equipment to support learning
A breakfast and lunch club room with food and drink making facilities (South Downs site)
A fully equipped Sensory room (South Downs site)

Eligibility Criteria:
All potential students will be considered according to the admissions criteria and all reasonable adjustments are made to support special educational needs and disabilities. Additional Learning Support staff interview all students with a specific referral (EHCP, school, self, teacher or parent) to assess the needs of the student and to provide appropriate support. Learners with health and/or medical needs are assessed by a specialist Health and Well-being team who are based on both sites.

Quality standards and expected outcomes for children and young people and their families accessing your service:
All students receiving support are expected to achieve to their fullest potential, with an overall goal of becoming confident, independent learners. All students are set academic and personal targets which are reviewed regularly by a range of staff to ensure that support is appropriate and effective. Overall outcomes are monitored through retention and success rates and positive destination data.

How and who to make a complaint to:
Director for Inclusive Learning – Dan Beale. Tel: 023 9387 9999, extension 4464.

Tel: 023 9387 9999, extension 4464.

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