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Farleigh Further Education College Frome is special school for autism UK, provides both day and 24 hour residential care for up to 90 students aged 16-25 with autistic spectrum disorders, pervasive development disorder, Asperger's  syndrome and associated complex needs including behavioural difficulties.

This autistic residential school has five residential houses in the community each with its own identity, working ethos and dedicated team of staff. This provides learners with the opportunity to experience independent living in a range of different settings. 

Individual programmes of support are designed either as day or 38 week placements for up to three years.

The main  goal of  this best autistic school in UK is to ensure that learners are prepared for independent adult life, feel empowered to make choices and optimise their independent living skills.

For this aim the College offers: 

-An aspirational provision focused upon a positive understanding of autistic spectrum conditions
-One to three year intensive learning and independence programmes 
-Access to mainstream further education through individualised tailored academic and vocational courses
-Clearly defined goals for education and therapy
-An opportunity for a work experience placement
-Preparation for employment, higher education and independence
-On site programmes including GCSEs, A -Levels and vocational courses for some of students who are not ready to attend mainstream college


This special school for autism UK provides the range of courses (more than 150 courses) for students through partnership agreements with local mainstream colleges. The college offers: GCSEs, A-Levels, Pre-entry vocational courses, NVQ Level 3, BTEC National Diplomas, RARPA – evidence based progression qualifications.
Students have previously studied a broad spectrum of subjects, including: English, Maths, Science, History, Japanese, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Art, Photography, ICT Certificate in Digital Appliances, Spanish, French.

This special boarding school for autistic child as educational establishment is inspected on a regular basis by Ofsted (a government department - Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills). This school is rated “outstanding” (on a four-point scale: outstanding, good, satisfactory, inadequate). 

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Some History

Farleigh Further Education College in Frome was established in 2000 as an independent specialist residential college with Asperger Syndrome and associated conditions.

Farleigh Further Education College is run by the Priory Group. 

The Priory Group was established in 1980. The group is the UK's leading independent  provider of mental health care facilities and operates at more than 500 sites in the United Kingdom and includes among them: rehabilitation and recovery centres; mental healthcare hospitals and clinics; specialist schools and colleges; supported residential facilities and homes; care homes for older people. At the Priory Group there are treated over 70 different conditions through a nationwide network of over 275 facilities. 
Priory Group is organised into three divisions – healthcare, education and children’s services, and adult care services – which together support the needs of more than 30,000 people every year. 

Farleigh Further Education College being part of the Priory Group: division education and children’s services, has access to additional healthcare and supported living services where needed. 

The range of facilities available ensures that every young person receives a smooth and planned transition from primary education all the way through to further education, university, employment and independent living, as appropriate for each individual.

About the school

  • Long description:
    The college offers provision through three main strands of delivery:

    • In house academic programme – including functional skills, GCSE and A level courses
    • Support in local mainstream further education colleges including, A level and BTEC courses
    • Vocational and work based learning in the local community

    Services offered:

    • Individually tailored programmes for education, including in house provision, support at local
    mainstream further education colleges or in a realistic working environment
    • Safe, secure and independent living environment
    • Strong links with local employers to provide an extensive work experience programme for learners
    • Support in developing strategies to assist with anxieties
    • Continued and ongoing encouragement with independence and social skills
    • A positive environment to bring about positive change

    Holistic approach:

    • Individualised pathways tailored to individual needs
    • Behavioural therapy
    • Psychological intervention where needed
    • Access to occupational therapy, speech and
    language therapy, art therapy and counselling

    Admissions criteria:

    • Aged between 16 and 25 years old
    • A diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders or evidence of behaviours which are in accordance
    with such a diagnosis, such as social and communication difficulties
    • Associated complex needs

    Positive outcomes:

    • We offer ongoing support, learning and independence skills within a person centred
    framework to maximise individual potential
    • Individual plans and programmes are adjusted as required to ensure that each learner is challenged to progress at speeds and levels that are appropriate for them
    • All learners undertake a programme relating to the management of personal finances, designed to better equip them for their future independence
    • The desired outcome for all learners is increased independence including further or higher education and independent living

  • Dorm facilities:

    This autism boarding school is able to offer a range of residential accommodation options for students, split across five sites which are all well-integrated within the local community.

    Sandusky Mews

    Sandusky Mews comprises four modern semi-detached houses, each with:

    Accommodation for five students in a combination of shared and single rooms
    Communal lounge
    Dining room
    Its own secluded grounds
    Students often move between the four houses, building friendship and sharing in social activities in the communal lounges, for example watching DVDs and playing computer games.

    North Parade

    North Parade comprises:

    Accommodation for up to 22 students, mostly in single rooms
    Large communal lounge where students watch TV, play computer games and socialise
    Large dining room
    Two self-catering kitchens where students can cook for themselves
    Garden area with raised beds where students can grow their own vegetables
    Therapy rooms
    The Learning Centre

    Ashleigh Grove

    Ashleigh Grove comprises a pair of semi-detached houses. Located in Trowbridge, it is within easy walking distance of one of our mainstream partner colleges, Wiltshire College and comprises:

    Accommodation for up to five students
    Shared facilities
    A shared conservatory joins the houses so students can move easily between them

    Delta Close

    Delta Close is a small modern terraced house on a housing estate. Often used by students who are confident in their independence skills, residents usually do most of their own cooking and other domestic tasks. Delta Close comprises:

    Three bedrooms
    Shared facilities

    Tallowood and Maple

    Tallowood and Maple are two modern detached residences, best suited to more independent students who are able to do most of their own cooking and other domestic tasks. Located near the centre of the small market town of Shepton Mallet, these homes are an ideal choice for students who attend Strode College in Street.


    Six single bedrooms
    Shared facilities


    Eight single bedrooms
    Shared facilities

Academic life

  • Course languages offered:

Interests & Activities

  • Languages & Humanities Courses
    • Foreign Languages Courses
      French, Spanish
  • Special needs catered for
    Asperger's Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Behavioural disorders, Emotional, social and mental health needs, Learning difficulties, Learning disabilities

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Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Farleigh Further Education College: Frome, Somerset, UK | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

Frome is a town  (a population of 26,203) and civil parish in eastern Somerset, England. Located at the eastern end of the Mendip Hillls, the town is built on uneven high ground, and centres on the River Frome. The town is approximately 13 miles (21 km) south of Bath, 43 miles (69 km) east of the county town, Taunton and 107 miles (172 km) west of London.


Specialises in: * Autism including Asperger's Syndrome, *Learning disabilities (boys and girls aged 15-19 years) , North Parade, Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom, Postcode - BA11 2AB

Phone - +44 20 30 269 440
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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