We’re surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside on the outskirts of Harrogate, with local shops and community facilities nearby. You’ll have access to some of the best facilities in the country right here on campus. Our facilities are designed to offer you a safe and accessible environment where you can develop transferable skills for independence and employability.

Sports and Fitness Centre

Our modern Sports and Fitness Centre offers a safe and accessible environment where we will support you to achieve your own exercise goals whilst having fun. We’ll work with you to develop your own targets, whether it is for weight loss, building up your strength, or increasing your range of movement.

Swimming pool facilities at Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate

Our fantastic and modern sports facilities include:

  • 12.5m swimming pool
  • hydrotherapy pool
  • multigym
  • sports hall
  • steam and sauna rooms.
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A student using the gantry hoist to access the rowing machine in the multigym

Making exercise accessible for you

We will help you to access our sports and fitness sessions. Our gantry hoist systems support students with complex physical disabilities to stand and walk, allowing them to access a wide range of equipment. Our swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool are accessible through a combination of ramp access and overhead hoists. We also have two assisted changing rooms.

Three ways you can get involved

  • get fit with your friends at our evening gym club sessions
  • take part in boccia, kurling and trampolining in our sports hall
  • represent your team in swimming and athletics competitions.

Media and IT Centre

Our state-of-the-art Media and IT Centre was purpose-built with you in mind. It provides a flexible working environment and is home to our IT suite, work centre, commercial print service and recording studios.

Working in an IT session in our accessible IT suite

IT suite

Inside our accessible IT suite, you’ll find all the resources and support that you need to access technology in the way which suits you best. You can set the rise and fall desks and touch screen monitors to the height and distance which is most comfortable for you.

These facilities are available for you to use in your own time during the evenings and at weekends. Our Assistive Technology team will work with you and people close to you to identify and respond to your individual needs. We will also set up your own personal devices such as tablets on the College Wifi network.

Pricing cards to sell in the work centre

Work Centre

Our work centre is a large spacious teaching area where many of our enterprise and employability activities take place. It houses our commercial print service, where students process real orders for homes and businesses. This is just one of the enterprise activities available on campus which give students the chance to try out real work and gain employability skills before moving on to external work placements.

Inside Henshaws Media and IT Centre recording studios

Recording studios

In our two soundproofed recording studios, you can learn how to record audio, produce podcasts and edit music. Our high quality recording equipment is designed to be fully accessible, with rise and fall desks and a modified mixing desk. The studios provide an exciting and fun environment to support your independence through social communication including turn taking, directing others and group work.

Our other accessible facilities on campus include:

Quiet room in The Starting Point

Sensory spaces

Our sensory room provides a safe and stimulating environment for students with more complex needs to learn. We also have a sensory garden that is accessible all year round.

Training kitchens

Develop your skills for independent living with the help of our specialist equipment including talking microwaves and rise and fall workstations. You can join our weekly hospitality enterprise to make and deliver lunches around College, or prepare healthy snacks to serve at our smoothie station.

Mobility training area

Practice travelling safely with our Therapy, Educational and Sensory Support team. We have our own pelican crossing, bus stop and tactile training area on campus to help you become a more confident traveller. Learn the routes to local community facilities including shops, the library and train station.

Activity room

Our large activity room is equipped with a gantry hoist system so students who are essential wheelchair users can access our dance, disco and activity classes. We also run regular evening and weekend activities including cinema nights, language evenings and social clubs.


We also have a range of accessible accommodation on site for our residential students including houses and an independent flat.

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