Education and Training Options
There are lots of options for Post-16 education and training. Some of the options are: school 6th forms (both available in mainstream and special schools); Further Education (FE) colleges; 16-19 academies; special post-16 institutions; and vocational learning and training providers. The range of available study programmes is broad and includes AS/A-levels, vocational BTEC qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships, supported internships and bespoke packages of learning.
There are various colleges and 6th forms within the local area and they offer a range of academic and vocational courses which support young people towards independence and employment and which build on their skills and interests.
If you are thinking of going to college make sure you look on their website to find out if they offer a course of interest, and arrange a visit on one of their open days are so you can look around, meet the staff, and learn more about the setting before making a decision. If you might struggle with a busy open day or have access needs, you can contact the college or 6th form and they might be able to support you to visit at a quieter time.
Local Colleges and 6th Forms
The following colleges and further education settings are locally available in City of Westminster (WCC), Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), and of London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF):
City of Westminster College:
A Vocational FE College offering over 200 courses on a wide range of subjects, as well as a specialist Learning Difficulties and Disabilities programme at the Madia Vale campus. More information on the website, link below.
Address: Paddington Green Campus, 25 Paddington Green, London, W2 1NB
Tel: 020 7723 8826
College Park School (WCC):
Local Authority Maintained Special School in Westminster and part of the Federation of Westminster Special School. The school caters for pupils aged between 4 and 19 with autism and complex learning needs within the moderate to severe range. More information on the website, link below. EHC plan required.
Address: Garway Road, London, W2 4PH
Tel: 0207 221 3454
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (LBHF):
The college offers a range of courses including: Inclusive Learning programmes for individuals with SEND aged 16-25; Level 1/Level 2 Vocational Studies in a range of Industry Sectors; Level 2 BTEC courses; GCSE Improvement packages; Level 3 AS and A2 courses; Level 3 BTEC courses. More information on the website, link below.
Address: Gliddon Road, London, W14 9BL
Tel: 020 8741 1688
Westminster Kingsway College (WCC):
Further Education College with multiple centres across London offering a wide range of courses and provision for 16-24 year old students with dedicated courses for students with learning disabilities and difficulties. More information on the website, link below.
Kennet West Skills Centre - Vocational skills centre for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. EHC plan required.
Address: (Mulitple locations including Kings Cross and Kennet West Skills Centre)
Tel: 0870 060 9801
Kensington and Chelsea College (RBKC):
A Further Education College offering a wide range of courses and qualifications on offer to suit all skills levels at both the Kensington Centre and the Chelsea Centre. More information on the website, link below.
Address: Wornington Road, W10 5QQ
Tel: 020 7573 3600
Queensmill School (LBHF):
Students must have an Education, Health, Care (EHC) Plan and must be working at below their age-related expectations. Post-16 at Queensmill is available at: Q4 Fulham College Boys, Q5 Fulham Cross Girls, Q6 Queensmill College for Post-19. More information on the website, link below. EHC plan required.
1 Askham Road, London, W12 0NW
Tel: 020 7384 2330
St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College (RBKC):
Offering A Level and vocational BTEC courses ranging from Level 1-Level 3. Learning and pastoral support available. More information on the website, link below.
St. Charles Square, London, W10 6EY
Tel: 020 8968 7755
Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) (WCC):
A range of courses for adult learners, including courses for learners with disabilities and learning difficulties. More information on the website, link below.
Address: 215-219, Lisson Grove, London, NW8 8LW
Tel: 020 7641 7360
William Morris Sixth Form (LBHF):
Inclusive comprehensive 6th Form with integrated SEND support. Courses range from Foundation Learning at Level 1 - to BTEC and A Level courses at Level 3.
Address: St. Dunstans Road, London, W6 8RB
Tel: 020 8748 6969
Course levels range from Entry Level-Level 3 with access to additional support for students with learning needs.
Chelsea Centre - Hortensia Road, London, SW10 0QS
North Kensington Centre - Wornington Road, London, W10 5QQ
Tel: 020 7450 1889
To find other local Post-16 settings and more information, please go to the Local Offer's Further Education and Colleges page by clicking here.
Apprenticeships, Traineeships & Supported Internships
There are many different types of Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Supported Internships aimed at various levels and open to young people with SEN. Many colleges offer a variety of programmes, there are also programmes linked with employers which help you to train for a career and may lead to paid employment. For more information please see the Westminster Further Education webpage.
If you would like more information about Apprenticeships, you can find available Apprenticeship programmes in your area using the Government website page on Apprenticeships, which you can see by clicking here.
There are lots of professionals who can help you to consider all of your options. Contact Eleanor (Children and Young Person's Officer) for advice and guidance on Post-16 options. Westminser also has a 'SEND Employment Pathways Coordinator' who can help you to think about your options for further education.
Get in touch with Eleanor for more information: email@example.com / 020 7641 5355.
Transition to Post-16
The video below outlines the special educational needs support available for students in Post-16 Education. Watch the video for more information -
Transition to Post-16 with an EHC plan
Apart from when an EHC plan is first issued, the move between phases of education is the most common time that parents, carers or young people have to think about what school or college should be named in the EHC plan.
There should always be an annual review of the EHC plan before a transfer to a new phase of education.
Regulation 18 of the SEN Regs requires that the EHC plan must be reviewed and amended before 31st March if the transfer is from secondary school to a post-16 institution. This generally means the Local Authority should start the annual review process in the autumn term of the year before the child/young person is due to move setting. For more information please click here to see IPSEA's advice for moving to a new phase of education. For advice on SEN Support in Post-16, see IPSEA's advice page on SEN Support by clicking here.
The website Natspec is a useful website for finding a college which has specialist provision for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
In addition, the following link can be helpful to find a school in your area: Find a school
The Preparing for Adulthood website has lots of advice and guidance for Post-16 for both young people and families.