Students having a conversation in Darley Lodge
Students having a conversation in Darley Lodge

Residential Provision

The residential unit has been graded "Outstanding" by Ofsted in May 2017 and May 2022.

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Our residential provision provides a comfortable and supported living element  of College life in which we promote independence, embrace individuality and encourage a range of enrichment activities and opportunities for all. With a total communication ethos and person centred values, we aim to ensure that our students have a sense of belonging and are able to develop friendships, skills and interests which they can continue to pursue into the future.

Within residence, a team of staff ensure students can relax in the comfort of their lodges, or get involved in activities which are run during the evenings and weekends. For example:

  • Wii competitions
  • Craft Nights
  • Inter-lodge bake offs
  • Pool competitions
  • Discussion Evenings
  • Trips to local attractions

Living on campus

Rights & Responsibilities

  • Benefits
  • Access to work
  • Employability
  • Disability Discrimination Act awareness
  • Access to Information

Personal Development

  • Being healthy
  • Staying safe
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Making a positive contribution
  • Achieving social and economic wellbeing

Social and Leisure Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Keeping safe
  • Assertiveness
  • Anger management

Daily Living Skills

  • Personal presentation
  • Cooking and hygiene
  • Time management
  • Money management
  • Shopping
  • Laundry

Health and Lifestyle

  • Drug and substance awareness
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Free access to on-site fitness and leisure facilities
  • Sexual health, information and guidance
  • Self awareness

Support Service

  • Communication support
  • Awareness of specialist support services
  • On-site support, information and guidance centre
  • Mediation
  • Equality and Diversity guidance


Support on campus


  • Promoting learner safety
  • Networks established with parents and external agencies
  • Integrated supported living environment
  • Age and ability appropriate accommodation
  • Outreach provision


Life on campus


  • Extensive range of on-site accommodation
  • Allocation based on developmental requirements
  • Independent training facilities
  • Chapel
  • Prayer room
  • 24 hour staffing
  • Nominated key workers

Food and Drink

  • Hot and cold healthy choices
  • Cultural and religious needs catered for
  • A variety of snacks available at all times
  • Provision of water dispensers
  • Cooking facilities available in all accommodation