Recognition for Henshaws Specialist College from the DfE


We are delighted that the fantastic work of Henshaws Specialist College has been recognised by Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills. In a weekly update from the Department for Education (DfE) she wrote about the fantastic work happening at the College. This includes the different ways that the College is supporting students and staff through this challenging period.

Gillian Keegan

Gillian Keegan MP said:

This week, I was delighted to hear about the work happening at Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate. They are a residential and day college for children with a range of disabilities including profound and multiple learning difficulties and autism, and many of their students rely on routine and familiarity to be confident in their day-to-day lives, something which is of course a challenge at the moment.

The college is doing some fantastic work to offer support to their students both on campus and those that are at home. It has been filming its own online resources, such as tai-chi and relaxation techniques, so that students learning at home have the reassurance of seeing familiar faces doing familiar things.

Adrian Sugden, Principal at Henshaws, said: “We have stepped up our provision for families of our students who need additional support, many of our students find the lack of college routine challenging. It’s been brilliant to get the feedback from parents for the innovations we are putting in place and the difference they are making, and for our amazing staff who are making it all happen.”

The college has also put in place a number of well-being measures to support and engage staff. From marked-out walks for exercise, to large posters highlighting parent feedback and even setting up an ‘essentials shop’ on campus for basics, the college is showing how they value their staff through this difficult period.

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