Education for all

St Andrew's College has been designed specifically for the needs of the young people in our care. Located in the heart of FitzRoy House, the College enables young people from our mental illness and developmental disability services to continue their education whilst receiving specialist mental health treatment. 

Last year over 135 young people studied at St Andrew's College. Over 450 qualifications, including GCSEs and AQA Unit Awards, were taken with 45% of students achieving a pass grade.

Subjects at the college follow the national curriculum and facilities include:

  • Teaching rooms
  • IT Pods
  • Science lab
  • Library
  • Art rooms

There is also a specialist TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic Children with Communication Handicaps) programme and environment for young people with our Neurodevelopmental/developmental pathways.

With extra-curriculum activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh award, St Andrew's College is able to offer something for everyone.

One of the benefits of having an on-site Ofsted college and specialist teaching team, means that as well as having a variety of nationally accredited qualifications, young people also have the opportunity to study a broader range of subjects. These include business studies, sport studies, work-related learning and the Duke of Edinburgh award.


Outstanding education

Ofsted have twice judged St Andrew's College as 'Outstanding' in 2013 and 2016.

As an existing and well established College, we are proud to be regulated by Ofsted to delivery the very highest levels of teaching for our young people, many of whom having challenging behaviours and find it difficult to engage.

"Students make exceptionally strong progress from their starting points because the quality of teaching and learning is outstanding."

- Ofsted, 2016


Individual education

The College adopts a personalised approach to its teaching. Individual educational programmes are developed for each young person, based on their needs and as part of their overall care plan. The aim to to help each young person reach their full potential through education.

''Senior leaders and staff have an excellent understanding of how to motivate and inspire students who experience significant personal barriers to successful learning.''

''Students' confidence and trust in the college staff contribute strongly to their outstanding personal development, including their behaviour, and their ability to make positive choices about their future.''

- Ofsted, 2016

“Thank you for all the support you have given me during my time here at St Andrew’s. You have always done your best to help me progress in education, even when my motivation levels were so low, and you believed in me. You even helped me through my exams which is a major accomplishment and I am so, so thankful for.''

- Former student

“With grateful thanks and appreciation for all the support you gave to S whilst she was at FitzRoy. We were amazed that she managed to take 3 x GCSEs and was very engaged in education – in no small part due to all your efforts and encouragement.”

- Parent