We have high expectations for our learners. Our curriculum is broad and challenging and builds on our students’ existing skills and experiences. You will follow a personalised study programme to support the goals in your Education, Health and Care Plan. We will help you to take steps towards what you’d like to do after college.

Student in horticulture learning to grow and harvest salad to sell as part of his study programme

Preparing for adulthood

Our study programmes are normally for 16-25 year olds who are school leavers usually from special school or enhanced mainstream school. We deliver learning at our specialist setting in Harrogate to enable every student to progress into a fulfilling adult life.

We offer a range of pathways to promote independence and enable students to make lifelong friendships.  Each pathway can be tailored to meet individual needs.

  1. Supported Internship
  2. Employability
  3. Independence
  4. Personal and Social Development
  5. Sensory
  6. Autism Education

Our study programmes

Student Sarah smiling at the camera

Supported Internship

For young adults who, with support, would be ready to take part in the world of work.

Alfie at his art exhibition


For students who would like to progress in into work or further
education but need additional support.

Student having fun in the sensory integration room


For students who would like to move towards a more independent future

Student Andrew smiling

Personal and Social Development

For young people who would like to develop their social awareness, communication and skills for life and work.

Student using equipment in our sensory room


For young adults with severe learning disabilities or profound and complex needs.

Student Liam in the kitchen

Autism Education

A specialist programme for young people who are autistic delivered by our dedicated autism team.

Next Steps Programme

Transition support and continued learning for young people at Henshaws.


Our prospectus

Take a look at our prospectus to find out more about Henshaws Specialist College.

Supporting you to achieve throughout your programme

Core skills and qualifications

All students will work towards an appropriate level of English, communication, maths and employability skills as part of their programme. This can include relevant qualifications such as Functional Skills, Employability units or sector -specific certificates such as Food Hygiene.

Health, care and wellbeing

Learning about personal safety and appropriate relationships is embedded throughout our curriculum. We will promote your health and wellbeing through a range of curriculum topics and therapy-led sessions including relaxation.

Assessment and progression

In your first half term at college, we will help you prepare for learning by carrying out a thorough baseline assessment. We expect you to meet your in-year education, health and care goals so we will regularly monitor your progress through team meetings, formal reviews and tutorials.

We will enable you to reduce your reliance on support and become more independent. Working closely with our transitions team, your tutor will help you plan for your future and support you to access independent careers advice where appropriate.

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