Why choose Connect at Southport College?
Next step for education and supported living
Both of our Connect courses are designed to give students the confidence and skills to progress on to one of our vocational courses at the next level or move towards independent living.
Starting College can seem like a very daunting experience for many students on our Connect courses so we take great care in ensuring that the transition from school to College goes as smoothly as possible. We offer group and individual orientation visits and taster days that take place before students come to College full-time in September. These visits help to introduce students to the College at their own pace and are tailor made to suit them.
- Students are generally involved in lots of volunteering activities such as fruit and veg cooperatives, local charity shops, residential homes and respite units and many other community projects.
- Students have a structured, consistent timetable and are at college for 4 days per week 9.30am- 4.00pm from September to June and our holidays follow the same pattern as local schools. There is no May half-term for students.
- There is dedicated classroom space for the Connect courses with specialist resources and equipment. We offer extensive support in the form of group support, 1:1 support as well as lunchtime and break supervision.
- We are developing a partnership with a local company; Learning Rooms to enable students on Connect programmes to have a 5 day programme.
- The College has been delivering courses for young people with LDD for over 10 years.
- As a College we are redeveloping our courses in line with the Government’s latest curriculum initiatives.
What we do works
By offering the necessary support and guidance needed to help them to succeed, we ensure many of our students who start on our Connect courses progress through College to higher level courses or even onto employment.