Our Approach To Learning
ESPA College prepares young people to become confident, mature, independent and autonomous in all aspects of their life. It offers a positive transition from school and prepares people for their future life, well-being and work.
All of our College sites are situated in quiet suburbs on the periphery of the city centres of Newcastle and Sunderland giving easy access to many local amenities and integrated learning opportunities.
As we support learners across the autism spectrum each College site is specifically tailored to meet the needs of learners with similar abilities and need.
Learners are supported to achieve academic and vocational qualifications ranging from Entry Level to ‘A’ Level.
Residential sites provide a youthful homely environment that ensures learners gain more independent living skills and enjoy an extended curriculum with the support of experienced and qualified Residential Learning Support Workers.
We can offer a range of residential accommodation to meet the varied needs and requirements of the learners. These include a CQC-registered Halls of Residence in Newcastle Some learners who require very specific and specialised living accommodation can be offered placements within our transition house or other CQC-registered provision.
The College offers each learner a bespoke, innovative and creative curriculum. All of our planned activities and learning sessions are designed to be engaging, enjoyable, individualised and challenging. Teaching and learning occurs in a variety of settings, many of which are community based. Work experience, employability skills, enterprise and the promotion of independence feature highly within our study programmes.
Our College teams are supported by a highly experienced Multi-Disciplinary Team whose input significantly improves learner outcomes. Learners also have access to our Counselling Team providing individualised support and guidance to enable them to overcome some of their personal challenges.
The learner’s time at ESPA College ends with a magnificent celebration at their graduation ceremony. This annual end of year, high profile event showcases the skills and confidence gained by learners and allows family and friends to celebrate together.