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  • Cambian Wing College
    126 Richmond Park Road
    Bournemouth
    BH8 8TH
  • Head: Lois Sellwood
  • T 01202 635630
  • F 01202 635631
  • W www.cambiangroup.com
  • A special independent college for pupils aged from 16 to 25 with Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Bournemouth
  • Pupils: 45 (36 boys, 9 girls); 29 boarders
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: Usually paid by LA and EFA
  • Open days: On request
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: Southlands School

What says..

Psychology is a popular course: ‘Often they are aware something is not right, and they do a fair bit of research on their own, so psychology is interesting for them, it puts their experience into context, without the emphasis on them as an individual,’ says college. ICT is also popular, with students taking a variety of qualifications in programming, digital skills, animation. One of college’s favourite success stories is the pupil who ‘was in the top 10 of tricky students’ but has now applied for a teaching assistant post at the college...

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Head teacher

Since April 2017, Lois Sellwood, previously head of department and director of the inclusive learning curriculum at South Downs College. She has a PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University and a masters from Southampton in teaching those with specific learning disabilities. She has been a learning support team leader and teaching standards manager at City College Southampton as well as supporting colleagues in sixth form colleges across the south east on SEN learning.

Academic matters

The college’s specialism is in Asperger’s and high functioning autism, but a lot of the students have an additional diagnosis, typically learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Pupils work at entry level 2 upwards (entry level 1 not a barrier in the case of a spiky profile) through to A levels.

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Special Education Needs

Diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism or autistic spectrum condition. May have associated needs including mental health needs, ADHD, OCD and behavioural difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges Y
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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