If you've been unable to go to college before, Oaklands can help. We offer courses that will help you get on in life, or get ready for work. So why not start your journey with Oaklands today!

Our Springfield provision is based in a new purpose built facility, offering a safe environment for those more vulnerable students, accessed through a swipe card system. This, along with an integrated provision shared within the main stream facilities, enables us to further enhance the high quality of education that we deliver. We have access to a purpose built skills kitchen, along with excellent personal care facilities.

Our staff have many years of experience. You will find that you are well supported by friendly and approachable staff and will thrive in the learning environment at Oaklands. Springfield continues to be diverse in its delivery, affording all students a highly individualised programme, including therapeutic support from a Speech and Language Therapist, Holistic Therapist and two Nurses.

Our programmes include:

  • Supported Learning - Young Persons Course
  • Foundation Learning
  • Focus
  • Encounters
  • Core Skills

Level: Pre-Entry
Duration:Two to three years (subject to review)

Courses are for young adults from 19-22 who have either a profound and complex or severe learning difficulty or disability and who may require additional medical support in order to access the curriculum. This also includes young people whose needs may fall within the Autistic Spectrum and who may have associated communication difficulties and require behavioural support. Courses are intended for students who need a supportive programme in a setting which offers high levels of staff support before possibly moving on to another Entry Level programme.

Young Persons Programme

Within the Young Persons programme we will work with you to develop a learning plan that helps you move towards your hopes and wishes. Where appropriate, you will be fully involved in all aspects of the target- setting process and in developing a plan that enables you to reach your destination. The Young Persons Programme includes practical-based activities, within real life settings and access to blended learning opportunities such as Multi skills.

The Young Persons Programme could include: travel training, learning how to plan, budget and shop for yourself, practical activities, learning to cook for yourself and others, playing team sports and going on a residential holiday, learning about money, running a tuck shop, and learning how to use a computer and interactive whiteboard. There may also be the possibility of doing some supported work experience.

Access to Multi-skills, RDA horse-riding and Animal Care, Enterprise Scheme and Recycling projects are possible.

Foundation Learning

The Foundation programme will enable you to develop your independence and communication skills, using a variety of assistive technology.

The Foundation Programme could include learning how to plan, budget and shop for yourself, learning to cook for yourself and others, swimming, interactive media, drama and interactive stories, horse riding, art and craft, sports and gym access within our new facilities.

Focus Programme

Focus, for students whose needs fall within the Autistic Spectrum, will support you to engage with an individual session plan with the emphasis on developing communication and social skills. All students within this group receive 1-1 support upon receipt of adequate funding.

The Focus provision develops your learning programme based on generic routines, accommodating a TEACH approach where appropriate. The programme includes community access, shopping, cooking, art, music, IT, projects, underpinned by Intensive Interaction approaches.

Encounters and Core Skills

Encounters and Core Skills students predominantly require 1-1 support. Your programme will be delivered through sensory means and support you to develop communication strategies at a suitable level, basic independence and functional skills.

Encounters and Core Skills programme is developed around auditory and sensory experiences delivered through sensory storytelling and drama, art, music, community access, cookery and hydrotherapy for those for whom it is relevant.

Are you ready to find out more?

Come along to one of our St Albans and Welwyn Garden City open evenings to find out more and arrange a visit call 01727 737000.

Please note that visits to Springfield are available on an individual basis and are not part of the open evenings. Please contact Kerry Lowe on 01727 737000 to arrange and appointment.