The College is a specialist centre for Liverpool City Region-based students (16+) with learning disabilities and levels of vulnerability that require them to undertake their further education in a supportive environment.
It is a partnership between Sefton Local Authority and Hugh Baird College and provides education and life-enhancing skills development for students who could not access further education in a mainstream environment.
The majority of our students progressed to Thornton from the main SEN schools in Sefton and we work closely with these schools to ensure that we get to know the students before they start at the College. The staff are all experienced, specialist teachers and support teams and we provide a welcoming, supportive and adult environment. At Thornton College, the intention is that all students have a sense of belonging in a challenging and forward-thinking setting.
What will I learn?
At Thornton College, we actively promote student self-confidence through participation in timetabled classes and a variety of extra-curricular activities. We have excellent facilities: a multimedia room, a horticulture area, a kitchen, a small hall for indoor sports and drama and even a small apartment which will help you learn to live as independently as possible. Your classes will include:
- Maths for everyday life – including managing money, time and measuring
- Reading, Speaking, Writing and Listening
- Home Management
- Everyday Living Skills – including being out-and-about in the community
- Work Skills
And these are all individually tailored to help you achieve a qualification in Life Skills.
All students will stay at Thornton for between 1 and 3 years – depending on their needs – and you will have the chance to enjoy supported work placements and visits to other colleges, if this is a possible opportunity that might suit you when you leave.
What support will I get?
We recognise that all of our students learn in different ways and our classes and teaching reflect this through delivering imaginative and innovative lessons.
The teaching staff work closely with our experienced and qualified support teams. All our classes have timetabled support workers and the team of Care Assistants are also there to help with any social and personal care support that you need. From application, we work with your school so that all your support needs will be met at Thornton and we work alongside other support agencies to make sure that will be happy and progress at the College.
What days of the week will I attend?
You will have a similar week to your school and attend Monday to Friday from 9 – 3.30pm. A typical day will be:
- 8.50am: Arrival at College
- 9 – 12pm: Morning lessons (with a break at 10.30 – 10.50)
- 12 – 12.45pm: Lunch
- 12.45 – 1.30pm: Enrichment Activities
- 1.30 – 3.30pm: Afternoon lessons (with a break from 2.30 – 2.45)
- 3.30pm: Home time!
How do I apply?
In the first instance, all potential students are referred to Thornton by agreement with their school. If you think Thornton is for you, please speak to your head of year or head teacher at your school. They will discuss possible opportunities and help you to complete the application form.