This autism residential school is situated in a urban, lively but safe enviroment within walking distance of Southport town centre, easily accessible by public transport (both train and bus).
The number of students has changed over the last few years. The college can admit up to 70 residential and day learners.
Education for a day and residential students is conducted in 6 small homes.
Arden College is fully accessible and the residential homes have varying levels of accessibility to support a variety of needs. Other areas used for teaching are also accessible including the college run Café in Southport.
The Philosophy of this high functioning autism schools uk:
The aim of Arden College, as a part of the Priory Group, is creating a safe, secure and independent living environment where young adults have a sense of belonging within their group and a sense of ownership for their home. This boarding schools for high functioning autism wishes to enable young people to develop the confidence and skills they need for the next stage of their live which may be conducted or in supported living or independent living within the community. The focus is to ensure that learners are prepared for independent adult life as much as is possible.
Contact and cooperation with parents
There are formal reviews of progress as well as informal arrangements that keep parents informed as to progress and any emerging issues.
Starting at Arden College
After starting at college the student will undertake a baseline assessment during the first term and at this stage any changes to support and curriculum will be discussed with both parents and Local Authorities before the implementation of any changes.
Support for students
Learners are also given individual support and guidance either through ongoing help from staff, or if identified as an additional need through external agencies such as community nurses, speech and language therapy, psychologist, advocacy or specified others. Expert specialist advice is sought where necessary and strategies are agreed for learners with more complex needs. This boarding schools for high functioning autism develops individual communication strategies for learners to ensure that they can be effectively supported to maximise their potential in all settings and to develop independence and participation. There is regular contact with families to give an overview of progress and areas of changing need.
Developing communication skills
This boarding schools for high functioning autism has a specific emphasis on developing and promoting communication skills. This focus is consistent throughout the college and residential settings. All learners have a communication assessment by a highly experienced speech and language therapist. This assessment leads to a range of outcomes as appropriate for each individual:
• Specific teaching and learning strategies to promote participation and interaction
• Accredited course(s) focusing on communication skills
• A communication profile
• Individual programmes designed by the SLT and carried out, on a block basis, by a speech and language therapy assistant. These programmes can have arrange of aims depending on the need of the individual learner i.e. inclusive communication skills, Signing, Sentence processing abilities, Listening skills, Verbal reasoning skills, Alternative and augmentative communication skills (both low and high tech)
Supporting young people into adulthood
The aspiration for learners would be to reach their full potential to live and work as independently as possible in the future. Gaining the appropriate skills to achieve this is a pivotal part of the students programme. Although student’s access formal taught lessons, it is the parallel, real life learning through living experiences reinforced in the community setting that makes a vital contribution to the progress and achievements of the students.
Students develop and practise their skills in a wide range of local workplaces including shops, cafés and community gardens. They gain skills in teamwork, following instructions, meeting and providing services for unfamiliar people and specific job skills.
What after leaving Arden College?
Young people on leaving Arden progress onto a variety of pathways, including residential, the world of work and Further Education and training. The college ensures through review that each of these pathways is progressed if and when appropriate. The college has demonstrated positive outcomes for its leavers over several years.
Services offered at this boarding schools for high functioning autism
• Individually tailored programmes for education, social and personal development
• Intensive therapeutic programmes and communication strategies
• A range of nationally accredited qualifications
• Continued and ongoing support with learning and life skills
• Support to develop vocational skills and provide real work experience
• Safe, supportive and independent living environment
• Personalised care pathways tailored to individual needs
• Psychiatric and clinical psychological support where necessary
• Access to occupational therapy
• Speech and language therapy
• Access to a community nurse when required
deliver lasting outcomes that change lives:
A Priory education delivers lasting value, helping young people to achieve outstanding outcomes and reach their potential. In 2015:
98.4% of leavers successfully moved onto employment, education, training and/or planned onward residential care pathways
94% of students gained one or more GSCE at A* - G at sites where students were entered for GCSEs
and at Arden College
100% of young people are engaged in age appropriate independence programmes
100% of residential young people are taking part in clubs or social groups in the community
100% of young people are accessing programmes related to the management of personal finances
Students are motivated to perform in public f.e. the college rock band performed at the "Party in the Park" event and at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Southport is a large Victorian seaside town (population of 90 336) in Merseyside, England. It lies on the west coast of Lancashire, on the Irish Sea coast (region: North West; county: Merseyside; historically: Lancashire). The town is 16.7 miles (26.9 km) north of Liverpool and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) south-west of Preston.
distance to the Liverpool airport: 48 min (49,3 km) via M57
distance to the Manchester airport: 1h 3min (82,4 km) via M62
distance to London: 4 h 21 min (380 km) via M6 and M4
Southport has a maritime climate like most of the UK and rarely sees substantial snowfall and temperatures rarely fall below −5 °C (23 °F). But in contrast to the rest of western UK, Southport generally has moderate precipitation.
Southport was founded in 1792. The town grew quickly in the 19th century as a seaside resort (e.g. due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal) and today remains still one of the most popular holiday destination on the coast of UK.
Southport Pier with its Southport Pier Tramway - the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isle
and Lord Street - an elegant tree-lined shopping street (once home of Napoleon III of France).
Southport Model Railway Village - model railway in a 1.5-acre miniature landscaped setting with countryside, a village and a town.
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