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'Student care is exceptional,' say parents. The framework for supporting the students to do and be their best is both positive and clear. The college ethos is Achieve, Believe, Succeed'.  For their D of E awards the students, including many who are wheelchair users, went canoeing (there’s that ‘why not?’ mindset again) and following some successful fundraising they had a marvellous, memorable time...

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Head of college since 2014, Mrs Joanne Rees-Proud. Joanne has worked at the college since it opened originally as a Personal Tutor. Joanne returned from maternity leave in April 2017 and is back in position as Head of College. Joanne has worked in further education and supporting young people with disabilities for over 15 years. Hedleys College is an active member of NATSPEC and works hard to break down stereotypes and work on national projects which bring recognition of our students achievements. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of College

Since 2014, Ms Joanne Rees-Proud. She has worked in specialist education since graduating in 2003, beginning her career as a support assistant. She joined Hedleys College when it opened in 2006.


All prospective students will have a high level of need and an Education Heath and Care Plan (EHCP) to demonstrate that a specialist college is the most suitable provision to meet these educational needs. A long, detailed and protracted assessment process, 12-15 months is probably the reality, so seek help well in advance to guide you through the mire. Start with a visit, either on an individual tour or go along on an open day, and then there will be an initial assessment day with feedback given. Once in agreement, it’s down to LA paperwork and a final decision from them before...

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Special Education Needs

Students will have profound, severe or moderate learning difficulties which may include complex multiple needs such as physical disabilities, complex communication needs, social and emotional and mental health difficulties, and sensory impairments. The College is appropriate for a wide range of young people and provides education for those students with complex disabilities, social emotional and mental health difficulties, autism, visually impaired, deaf, sensory difficulties, and moderate learning difficulties, physical and medical needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder 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
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges Y
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Y
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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