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Learning Programmes

Our outstanding educationalists use all their skills to design and deliver an astonishing range of individual programmes, realising students’ individual aspirations and goals.

In 2014 we became accredited as a City and Guilds Approved Centre, delivering and assessing functional skills Maths, English and ICT from entry level 1 through to level 2.

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There are no limits to the learning opportunities we can offer and the prospectus below offers an insight to programmes we’ve run in the past.

Angling
Animal Care
Animation
Construction Trades
Independence Skills 
Horticulture/Conservation
Hair and Beauty
IT and Digital Media
Food skills/Catering
Engineering/Mechanics
Fine Art and Design
Environmental Studies
Equine Studies
Fitness
Functional Skills
Graphic Design
Individual Sport
Journalism
Music and Music Technology
Orienteering
Outdoor Pursuits
Performing Arts
Photography and Film
Radio Presentation
Retail and Business
Sound Technology
Textiles
Woodland Management

Many of the students have Community Based Learning as part of their programme. The students can expect to have 1:1 support and to take part in a diverse range of activities depending on their individual needs. The activities are offered with the individual in mind and form part of our ongoing commitment to developing partnerships which will broaden opportunities for young people with disabilities in the community.

The purpose of these days is for students to work towards achieving various skills which will enable and empower them to become more independent however much support they need and may continue to need in the future. They will be encouraged to start making choices and decisions for themselves for example. They may begin by being out in the community solely with their Learning Mentor, but could progress to meeting with other students to take part in activities as part of a small group, developing their ability to work with others, take turns or make decisions as part of a group.

In all cases activities are chosen to try and extend and develop their range of interests based on the principle that building confidence and self esteem through areas of interest leads to learning and achievement.

The activities could include travelling on public transport, visiting shops and supermarkets, museums and galleries, taking part in various sporting activities including riding, swimming, wall climbing, walking and cycling. If possible some students may engage in some form of work experience with support, one student is currently working three days a week (mostly supported only by shop staff) in a charity shop gaining many work related skills and becoming significantly more independent.

Example of partners we work with:

ActivGardens Chantry Walled Garden Project Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2

This project offers life skills and work experience in a walled garden with extensive greenhouses, a workshop and cottage. Students learn a wide range of gardening and horticultural skills, as well as supporting the development of the business. Students learn basic construction and woodwork skills, for example building raised beds and benches. The Nursery Cottage has a small kitchen where students learn to cook what they grow into healthy meals. It also has quiet rooms for computer work and creative activities. The walled garden is set in 124 acres of parkland, where there are opportunities for conservation work and volunteering, in partnership with the Green Light Trust and Ipswich Borough Council, which has supported the development of the project. Suffolk New College runs horticultural courses on its own part of the site.

Felixstowe Radio
Broadcasting a variety of programmes to residents and to the residents and businesses located in Felixstowe, Harwich, Shotley, Levington, Kesgrave, Kirton, Bucklesham and surrounding areas – a listener base of 50,000 – and also worldwide via the internet.

Green Light Trust
They are a dedicated group of environmental professionals with a passion for what they do. They have many years’ experience in various aspects of environmental education, community outreach, business consultancy, and helping to preserve our natural heritage. During the last year they have shared their enthusiasm with over 400 people.  They delivered 30 courses through 12 tailored programmes over 202 days to young people and adults.  Through their working relationship with Schools, Colleges and Charitable Organisations they are able to continue this valuable work and we aim to expand and develop our calendar of activities in the year ahead.

Klub Equest
Klub Equest offers high quality lessons in a purpose-built ménage or a hack out in the woods. The school caters for all abilities, from those starting out in the equestrian world to the more experienced rider. The riding stables are based in the village of Great Finborough on the Home Farm Estate.  This fabulous rural estate has 17 acres of grazing with access to woodland for beginners to hack out and for adult riders who would prefer a more relaxed ride.

Noise Solution
This social enterprise uses music and technology with people who are disengaged from the mainstream through problems such as mental health, addiction, offending, challenging behaviour or chaotic lifestyles.

Potsford Farm
Potsford Care Farm is a working farm and horse livery yard in rural Suffolk, set up to operate as a care farm. It offers numerous benefits to a variety of individuals who will come to work on the farm as co-farmers, each receiving a tailor-made support package relevant to their needs.
Punch Studios
Punch Studios is a versatile and affordable recording studio situated a stone’s throw from Ipswich town centre in Suffolk.