Who we are

Henshaws Specialist College is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We offer around 80 places to students aged 16 – 25 with special educational needs and disabilities. This includes our residential offering which allows young people to join us from across the UK.

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Who we support

At Henshaws College, we support young people aged 16 to 25 years with a wide range of disabilities and complex needs including:

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    Sensory Impairments

    Supporting those with sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste or spatial awareness impairments

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    Autistic Spectrum Condition

    Empowering those lacking in social communication and interaction, or restricted and repetitive behaviours or interests

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    Physical Disabilities

    Enabling those with physical disabilities to overcome challenges and go beyond expectations

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    Healthcare Needs

    Providing professional and expert healthcare advice, assistance and care

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    Moderate to severe learning difficulties

    Building confidence for those living with moderate to severe learning difficulties

  • Profound and multiple learning disabilities

    Providing a source of independence for those living with profound and multiple learning disabilities

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Parents of Henshaws Students

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“For us, the importance of getting Tess into our chosen setting of Henshaws was not just about the beginning of September. This was the beginning of her adult future. This college was able to offer us longevity, security, and a pathway to independence.”

Kate S Mum to Tess

Our Charity

We’re proud to be part of the northern charity Henshaws who have been supporting people living with sight loss and a range of disabilities for over 180 years.

The aims of the charity are to help reduce social isolation and increase independence. Empowering disabled people to go beyond expectations and achieve their ambitions.

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Learn how to get involved

From fundraising events to volunteering, there are plenty of ways to give to make a difference at Henshaws

Accreditations & Awards