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Has won an Association of Colleges beacon award for its provision for students with special needs - eg creating a sports unit so a disabled student could complete his course by playing boccia in a wheelchair. Feels more like a university campus than a school. The young people we met value the adult atmosphere and cite mutual respect between staff and students. ‘We call our teachers by their first names and we can email them whenever we like,’ one told us. Some felt they had outgrown their…

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Alton College is an open access, co-educational Sixth Form College for students aged 16 - 19. The latest Ofsted inspection in November 2009 awarded Grade 1 'Outstanding' in all five areas for the second consecutive inspection. The College attracts students from a wide area and from both state and independent schools. It has a modern and university-style campus, informative website and excellent advice and guidance for all students. ...Read more

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Since April 2016, Sara Russell, previously vice principal (curriculum).

Academic matters

Offers a very broad range of qualifications to a diverse group of students - anything from Oxbridge to GCSE retakes. The majority of sixth form students study A levels with some following vocational courses. Also educates disabled students from nearby Treloar College.

Excellent range of academic subjects on offer - several young people we met were studying combinations you might expect in any independent school sixth form. Achieves pass rates well above the national average. In 2017, at A level 23 per cent A*/A, 51 per cent A*-B. Lots of opportunity to mix and match as also offers A levels in less mainstream subjects such as dance, health and social care, music technology and photography. Some students choose to combine BTec diplomas...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

At Alton College we offer a wide range of provision to support students with additional learning needs, embodying a strong spirit of inclusion. In a recent Ofsted inspection support for students was highlighted as 'Outstanding'. We have specialist staff that provide 1 to 1 support for students with Dyslexia, and have good access to other specialists for advice (e.g. sensory impairment /physical disability) whenever needed. Our provision includes: a discrete programme for students with moderate learning difficulties; a range of supported level 1 and 2 vocational courses; specialist support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties at any level but especially at Advanced level of study; and subject specific support provided in all curriculum areas. We have a unique partnership arrangement with Treloar College (a neighbouring specialist FE College for students with Physical Disabilities). In June 2004 the two colleges were jointly awarded an Association of Colleges Beacon Award (sponsored by Mencap and RNIB) for Inclusive Learning. We currently have in the region of 30 'Treloar students' mostly taking Advanced level qualifications with us through this long standing partnership. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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