The Edith Borthwick School

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College Phase overview

Welcome to College Phase


The College Phase at The Edith Borthwick School takes students from years 10 – 14, and students can stay at the school until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19. We cater for learners with a wide range of different needs and have developed experienced staff teams to cope with specialist needs, for example a dedicated Autism base, and a class for those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, fully equipped with specialist equipment. We work closely with School Phase to ensure each learner’s transition to the College Phase is straightforward and successful.




Our aim is to give learners the skills to live as independently as possible in their adult life, and learning is focused on developing Functional / Key skills and life skills. Life is not classroom based, so neither is our learning. We reinforce breadth of learning in all settings to ensure transference of skills and progression, and there is an emphasis on supporting students to develop their own independence and self-confidence. As students progress through the College Phase, activities become increasingly community based so that skills can be reinforced in a real world setting.  Many students will also take part in college links and appropriate work placements to further develop their learning. In each academic year, learners will be offered a range of residential trips, subject to the right opportunities and support resources being available.


We always try to personalise curriculums to support individual student goals and support needs.


Learners are supported to behave as young adults and we expect responsibility and good behaviour in return. We promote an environment of respect and good citizenship; British Values and the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of our learners are implicit at all times.


Tutor groups are decided according to support needs and social mix, not necessarily by the age of the students. Group sizes are small, usually up to 12 students, and staffed according to student need.




All students in years 10 – 14 will be part of a tutor group base where they always start and end the day, but throughout the day some may move around with different students to classes and community activities suitable to their individual needs and curriculums. More complex students will remain with peers in their tutor group for most of the day, but will access different activities, both in school and in the community, depending on their particular abilities and needs. Each tutor group has a class teacher who is the key contact point for any issues arising. Home/school books are used for sharing information and to tell you about upcoming activities.


Students have access to a Breakfast Club in morning tutor time until 9.30 a.m., at lunch or break times students may spend time in the Common Room, the Café or outside in the playground. Most students will have lockers for their belongings; these are lockable and students will take responsibility for their own key wherever possible.


Most classes run a ‘bank’ where student money is held safely until it is needed for the regular community activities and external links.  Parents / carers will be advised of dates and costs via the home / school book.


Students in the College Phase will continue to have the same access to Family Key Workers throughout their time at the school. There is a dedicated Safeguarding Manager who provides behaviour support across the phase, staff training in de-escalation, and health and safety advice. We also have a Transitions and Student Systems Manager who supports parents/carers as learners move on from school, and can provide holistic support with logistics and other student systems such as Transport, Bursary awards, Travel Training etc.