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  • Cambian Lufton College
    BA22 8ST
  • Head: Jonathan James
  • T 01935 403120
  • E
  • W www.cambiangro…id/106/id/162/
  • A special independent school for boys and girls 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: 110; sixth formers: 110
  • 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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Since 2007, Jonathan James. Originally from Cardiff but brought up in Bristol and Bath, where he qualified to teach business and management. It was at Tribal Education, Bristol where he was drawn into teaching students with learning disabilities. He then headed up several learning disability departments before joining Lufton. Father of a teenage son, Jonathan is well liked by his staff and has built up a strong ethos of ‘don’t just protect, prepare,’ preparing students for life after college in the real world. If this means taking them to nightclubs, they’ll do it. Equally, if it means keeping two cows on campus, they’ll do it. In 2015, Ofsted named the college as a good practice example for their effective individualised curriculum. Things Jonathan would like to improve? Make the site more easily accessible for...

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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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