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Nurture is a specially designed two-year course for students with complex learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Nurture Centre student in the sensory room

Nurture is highly personalised for each student, with a curriculum based around communication, social interaction, independence and wellbeing.

It is a pre-vocational programme aimed at supporting young people to transition from school to adult life. Students will learn positive choice-making to increase and enhance quality of life outcomes. Students will learn positive choice-making skills to increase and enhance quality of life outcomes.

Sessions teach and promote the use of assistive technology where appropriate for the student

We are able to offer this programme as a day or residential placement.


Nurture student playing boccia
Nurture student playing boccia

Students in our Nurture Programme are fully supported by a wider team of therapists: Occupational Therapy; Speech and Language Therapy; and Physiotherapy.

This support may be in a 1:1 session, or embedded into group learning activities. Strategies and exercises are then embedded into all learning activities in the timetable by highly trained support staff.


Students have access to a wide range of environments to
support their learning within the Nurture Centre and, the wider college
and community including:

  • Sensory room
  • Hydrotherapy pool and swimming
  • Sports hall and gym
  • Derwen commercial outlets, including a cafe and restaurant
  • Outdoor learning centre and woodland
  • Student Union

Care and Independence

Students’ care and independence needs are central to our curriculum approach in Nurture including personal care, eating, drinking and medication supporting them to have control and independence in these areas of their lives.

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How to Apply

Further information can be provided by the Admissions Team on:

Tel: 01691 661234 or Email:

Should funding be granted, we will assign a start date for your young person at the earliest time feasible. However, we will also determine a date that ensures that their specific needs can be met appropriately. Please note that this may be later than the published start date for all new students.

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