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Specialist College Knowledge Village

Work Experience Placements (video)

Find out about how we support Henshaws College students to take part in work experience placements.

January Open Day

Join us for an Open Day at College. Meet our team and enjoy a tour of the campus.

Flora's story (video)

In this video we hear from Sally, David and their daughter Flora about how Henshaws College has helped Flora. They discuss the therapies and activities that have helped her become her own person.

November Open Day

Join us for our next Open Day at College. Meet our team and enjoy a tour of the campus.

College students shine bright at All Stars event (blog)

Our All Stars event was held virtually, with students pre-recording their fabulous talents before we all watched them. Here are some of the ways that students explored their creativity and showmanship.

Celebrating college graduation with some very special awards (blog)

This year we held a virtual graduation ceremony. We celebrated students who are leaving us and handed out some very special awards.

Mindfulness - A song by Marnie (video)

Marnie, a Henshaws College student, has put together this wonderful song about the importance of mindfulness and staying relaxed. Enjoy!

Roisin and Celine's Story (video)

Roisin is a second year student at Henshaws College. Listen to Roisin and her mum Celine talk about why Henshaws was the right fit for them.

Pictorial tours

Book a one on one virtual consultation with our Transitions team who will show you round using pictures

Celebrating Learning Disability Week 2021 (video)

The theme for Learning Disability Week 2021 is celebrating art and creativity!

Our family's journey with Henshaws (blog)

This blog is written by Karen, mum to William and Annabel who have both attended Henshaws Specialist College. She shares her family's story.

YNYER Colleges Together

We’re proud to be part of York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) Colleges Together, a partnership of further education colleges.

Meet Lara, student parliament superstar! (blog)

Lara is a student at Henshaws Specialist College with a huge passion for politics. She's one of eighteen students who make up our Student Parliament. Here she tells us more about herself.

A day in the life of Henshaws College Student Liaison Officer (blog)

In this blog, we meet Beth, our wonderful Student Liaison Officer at Henshaws College

Diagnosing autism in a child with a visual impairment (blog)

A child born with congenital blindness is 30 times more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our blog discusses the issues with its diagnosis.

How we would change the world by Henshaws College students (blog)

This Red Nose Day, we asked some of our supported internship students to share ideas for how they would change the world for the better.

Mindfulness activities for children with a visual impairment (blog)

Mindfulness is a practice where you use your senses to physically engage in the world around you. We've put together some useful activities to support visually impaired children.

Starting college - A mum's perspective (blog)

This blog is written by Kate, mum to Tess. It shares their experience of joining Henshaws Specialist College.

Jessica's virtual learning journey (case study)

Jessica is a student at Henshaws Specialist College, this is her virtual learning journey during the Covid-19 pandemic.

My Makaton Mission (blog)

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. Let Carl explain more...

Group tours

Register your interest in attending one of our group tours and be guided round the campus by our transitions team.

2021 Virtual Open Days

Book your place on a virtual open day, and see if Henshaws College is right for you.

Top tips for a vision friendly accessible classroom (eBook)

Much of what is presented within a classroom is visual. For children with a visual impairment to participate fully and learn independently, it is vital to make some adaptations to the environment and resources.

A day in the life of an Enabler at Henshaws Specialist College (blog)

Kirsty works with students as an enabler here at Henshaws Specialist College. Here she tells us what it's been like working at college through the coronavirus pandemic

Alfie's amazing artwork (blog)

Alfie is a student here at Henshaws Specialist College who has a real talent for art. For his latest project he has been looking at how computerised speech outputs create patterns. He tells us all about it in his blog.

My Covid Story, by Henshaws College students (blog)

Some of our students share their stories about how they have felt through the Covid-19 pandemic. They share the highs and the lows of living through this unusual time.

A day in the life of Henshaws Specialist College Receptionist (blog)

What's it like working on the main desk at a busy College? Craig, our receptionist at Henshaws Specialist College tells us more.

Award winning Aimee shares her SEND teaching passion (blog)

We catch up with Aimee who won a Pearson Teaching Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education and is the programme leader for our specialist autism team.

Improving learning through sensory integration therapy (blog)

We find out how sensory integration therapy allows students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to access their educational curriculum.

Meet Andrew, his beaming smile and zest for life! (blog)

Andrew, a student at Henshaws Specialist College, is one of just over 100 people in the world to have been diagnosed with PACS1 syndrome. Linda, Andrew’s mum, shares his story.

Achieving goals with assistive technology (blog)

Expertise in assistive technology at our Specialist College plays a big part in our student’s success.

Alfie's "Ways of seeing" art exhibition (blog)

What does the world look like if you have a visual impairment or disability?  Let Alfie, a student at our Specialist College, show you through his award winning art.

Covid-19 and autism: A mum's perspective (blog)

How does the Coronavirus crisis affect someone with severe autism? Kate Simpson shares the story of her daughter Tess, who attends our Specialist College.

Holly shares her story (blog)

Holly, a Henshaws Specialist College student, shares her story in this blog.

Student William becomes a storyteller (blog)

William is a student at our Specialist College in Harrogate. By working to develop his communication and IT skills William has created and written an original story and used stop animation to make his film "Olivia goes to a party."

Henshaws students show they’ve Got Talent (blog)

The final of the 5th annual Henshaws Got Talent competition took place on Friday 23rd March 2018. The competition is a chance for students at our Specialist College in Harrogate to share their varied talents with the College community.

"We have had the joy of knowing Max loves going to College and taking part as a key player, rather than a mere spectator." (Blog)

Max is in her final year at our specialist college and is based in The Starting Point, a dedicated setting for students on the autistic spectrum. Max's mum, Brigitte, shares her story.

Jake helps Team GB to European swimming success (blog)

We caught up with student and swimmer Jake after his recent trip to France where he represented Great Britain at the DSISO European Championships which took place from the 28th October to 4th November 2017.

Preparing young people with learning disabilities for work (blog)

A team of Job Coaches at Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate work with our supported internship students, all of whom have a learning disability, to enhance their employability skills.

Employability students win National Young Enterprise Award (blog)

As part of their employability programme students at Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate, Yorkshire, formed a Young Enterprise group. Read more about it here!

Supported Internship success for student Jake (blog)

Our Specialist College in Harrogate is celebrating after a student taking part in the new Supported Internship programme succeeded in finding a job.

How assistive technology is helping Mary find her voice (blog)

Read Mary's story about how assistive technology has meant she can vastly increase her vocabulary!

Autism shopping strategies - should more shops adopt the quiet hour? (blog)

Aimee Jackson, Autism Programme Leader at Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate shares her advice on shopping strategies for people with autism.

Sharing the sofa with grandma for the first time - Karina's story (blog)

Karina is 21 and she graduated from Henshaws College in July 2015. During her time at College, staff supported Karina to learn to stand and walk. Her mum shares her story here.

College has really helped me on my journey (blog)

Rachael graduated from Henshaws College in July 2014. She now runs her own business from home selling arts and crafts products including “Happiness Kits” which she creates herself.

My mum and dad are proud of me & impressed with my confidence (blog)

We held an uplifting graduation ceremony at Henshaws College last month to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students. As part of the ceremony, former student Nathan Hill came back to talk about his life after College.

It’s about reopening doors that our students thought were closed (blog)

Lee is a physiotherapist at Henshaws College in Harrogate. As today is National Disability Awareness Day, He would like to share with you an insight into his role as part of the Disability Support Service team at Henshaws

Henshaws Student Council: A voice for all students (blog)

We have a very active student council at College who represent the voices of all our students. Watch their video here!

Innovative new technology for autistic learners (blog)

We spoke to Mike Thrussell, Assistive Technologist at Henshaws College, who explained how Henshaws is supporting autistic learners through an innovative new project

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