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  • Cambian Lufton College
    BA22 8ST
  • Head: Sophia Cursons
  • T 01935 403120
  • E [email protected]
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 16 to 25 with needs including moderate to severe learning difficulties; autism spectrum disorder; developmental disorders; and emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Somerset
  • Pupils: 26
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Fees: On request
  • Open days: Visitor days available on request
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

We were told the story of one young student who loved cleaning cars so much (and was so good at it) that the college let him clean all the minibuses. His dedication and hard work led him on to cleaning coaches, and now he has landed his perfect job – cleaning aeroplanes at Bristol Airport. All students are encouraged and supported to express their views on the things that are important to them. Their input shapes college life here. The difference between the two campuses is immediately obvious. The main one is…

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of College

Head of College since 2021, Sophia Cursons


Initially by application, followed by assessment with an overnight stay for prospective boarders. Enrolment can take place at any time and once a student referral is made, the college provides a fast and free assessment response followed by regular updates. One parent confirmed, ‘Entrance process was really good. Lufton kept us totally informed all the way. A lot of care and consideration taken about our feelings as new parents to the college. Handing over our precious cargo was completely understood and reassured.’

The student pathway is decided on the assessment before entry, but in the first six weeks further assessments are made to ensure the correct decision has been made. Most students are currently on three-year courses but some newer pupils are only...

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Special Education Needs

Cambian Lufton College is a specialist provider of further education, offering day and up to 52-week residential placements for young people aged 16 to 25 with a learning disability and complex needs. The college’s person-centred approach ensures that learners have personalised study programmes and a moving-on curriculum, developed to effectively match their needs, personal decisions and future aspirations.

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

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