Statement from Henshaws Specialist College

Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate has confirmed that it has reluctantly suspended attendance for 14 of our 95 students following a review of student safety.

Student numbers have increased in recent years, with 20 new students this year, as the College has developed educational provision to meet the needs of young people with a range of disabilities. This requires a higher number of trained staff to meet the needs of students with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Recruitment for an additional 19 members of staff is currently in process and we hope to have achieved the full number by the New Year.

We have, therefore, taken the hard decision to reduce student numbers temporarily. The families of the students are being supported by Henshaws Specialist College to make alternative arrangements for the students throughout the transition process.

Unfortunately, three of the students will not be able to return to the College because of their individual needs but we hope to welcome the remainder back once the recruitment and training of new staff is complete.

Helen Bramley
Interim Principal


For media enquiries please contact Deirdra Barr, Head of Marketing, on 0300 222 5555 or



We can't do it without you

Henshaws rely on voluntary donations; our work just wouldn’t be possible without people like you. Your support empowers local people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to increase their independence, achieve their dreams, and go beyond expectations.

Donate now