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
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
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
Our programmes include:
- Supported Learning - Young Persons Course
- Foundation Learning
- Core Skills
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
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.
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 programme will enable you to develop your independence and
communication skills, using a variety of assistive technology.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.