Four students from Rotherham are receiving a specialist education at our college thanks to their local authority.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) recognised the need for the students to have a specialist college education when they left their secondary schools.

Our Executive Principal, Alexis Johnson, said: "We are really pleased to be building a relationship with the team at Rotherham Council.

“The students who have joined us are settling in well and already growing in confidence in this specialist environment. We have three full time students and one accessing our services one day a week from mainstream education. These students join eight others from the town already learning with us.

“ Communication Specialist College Doncaster (CSCD) provides a tailored education and life skills support to students who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have communication difficulties, including autism.

“Bethany, Thomas, Amy and Ellie have joined us from different schools, and all have very different needs. The benefit to these students and their families of having a place at CSCD is that we have all the support they need on site.

“We are the only college I’m aware of that has an audiologist working onsite four days a week, we have a new occupational therapist who recently joined us and have grown our team of speech and language therapists, employed by the Trust, to work with the students.

“As well as the specialist education these students receive, we also have a dedicated team who work with them to ensure they are able to fulfil their potential in the world or work. Our team helps to find work experience placements and supports both the student and the organisation through the process, giving them the skills, they need to find employment when their education is complete.

 “It is great to work with the Commissioning Team at RMBC to support these students. Our provision is fantastic and our dedication to working with local authorities to support students from across the region is stronger than ever as we celebrate our 190th year.

“We are looking forward to building on relationships and developing new ones that see more students able to develop their education in a specialist setting.”