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Relaxed atmosphere – ‘having no uniform breaks down a lot of barriers’ - and definitely more akin to a university than a school. As such, not suitable for young people who thrive on firm boundaries or who are immature. Every student has a double period to pursue the likes of debating club, chess, Spanish club etc. ‘Extracurricular has always been good here, but it used to exist in a kind of scattergun way, making it inaccessible to many people, so we have integrated it into the school day.’

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What the school says...

We aim to instil a love of learning in our students and prepare them for life beyond college. We take time to understand what motivates them and believe that all students should be encouraged to excel.

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Since 2014, Mark Love BEd PGCLME (50s). Educated at Bristol Polytechnic and Sheffield Hallam University. Twenty-six years’ experience of working in post-16 education sector, the majority with independent sector organisations. Taught A level economics, business and accounting and spent seven years as principal of Abbey College before becoming principal of CATS College London.

‘I came into teaching to make a difference,’ he says, and when you meet him, you’re left in no doubt that this ethos has stuck with him – he celebrates example after example of young people’s successes (often against the odds) in his conversations. ‘Managing the college is not just business for him – he is genuinely caring, a really good man,’ one parent said. ‘He’s really friendly, supportive and encouraging – you can knock on is door...

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Special Education Needs

The College has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who liaises with external professionals to secure support for students as required.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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