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Our approach

Education and learning contribute to the recovery of our patients. Many have had poor experiences of learning in the past.

Our professional staff help them to learn in ways that meet their particular needs and may lead to awards or qualifications.

Work experience

Many people at St Andrew's take the opportunity to develop their skills as part of their recovery.

Workbridge, at our Northampton site, gives people an opportunity to work as a team, learning and developing work and life skills through a broad range of vocational activities to help them realise their potential in the community. 

People are supported by skilled staff across many workshops to encourage independence, respect, teamwork and trust; building skills, knowledge and self-esteem in a supportive environment. There are also opportunities to gain accredited qualifications and development is supported by regular reviews and feedback.

Later, our Employment Support service supports people to take their skills outside of Workbridge and into meaningful paid or voluntary opportunities.

Workbridge provides work experience in morning and afternoon sessions across: 
• Catering  • Coffee Shop   • Ceramics   • Contracting   • Horticulture  
• Office Skills   • Design and Print   • Woodwork


Adult education

Improving literacy and gaining skills in a variety of subjects - including practical, social, communication, coping and work skills – helps increase self-esteem, confidence and independence. We include education for individuals and groups as part of patient care planning.

Patients, carers and staff all have access to REDS Academy, focusing on Recovery and Every Day Skills. This uniquely inclusive offering aims to increase hope, help all students better manage their mental health and prepare patients for life outside our care. Each course is designed and delivered in partnership with professionals and people with personal experience of mental health challenges. Find out more about REDS Academy.

We also provide opportunities for people to learn technical and life skills through vocational work placements. Many patients also take volunteering opportunities to develop social, work and other skills on site and in the community.

St Andrew's College

St Andrew's College is a specialist school within our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Northampton.  The College provides education sessions for around 100 students at our purpose built independent college within FitzRoy House. The College was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2016.

Each young person’s needs are assessed and each then follows an individually planned programme, often leading to recognised qualifications. The broad, balanced curriculum includes English, mathematics, science, IT, physical education, art and design, PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) and the TEACCH programme for young people with autism.

We provide online resources and the opportunity to learn in an interactive and engaging way. Our National Examination Centre status gives young people access to a range of examinations, including GCSEs, entry level certificates, the computer literacy and IT awards CLAiT and CLAiT.

We also offer entry level adult literacy and numeracy, sports leader awards and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.