The extended Curriculum brings together all aspects of the curriculum including: Leisure and recreation, providing a wide variety of formal and informal learning experiences.
A great deal of learning takes place outside the formal College day of 9:00 to 4:00 and affords opportunities for teaching and learning to be reinforced and achievements acknowledged.
Here at Oakwood during the evenings and weekends, learners can take part in a variety of activities on and off the College site. These activities include sport and fitness, cooking, art and craft, dance and music, general leisure activities such as trips to the local Pub, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and many others.
Through participation in their own individual programmes, some learners will enter further training, education or employment. For others the goal may be to live as independently as possible, participating in and contributing to their local community, whilst all learners can gain social skills and confidence they need to succeed in the next phases of their lives.
Support and Student Care:
Each student on arriving at Oakwood Court College is allocated a Keyworker and a Personal Tutor who together have responsibility for individually monitoring well-being and progress. The Personal Tutor and Keyworker ensure that the student is able to express their preferences and communicate their choice. The students can develop their own advocacy skills through the Student Council where they have the opportunity to present individual and shared wishes or concerns through elected representatives.
A dedicated Personal and Social Support Tutor coordinates all student support services. The generous staff to student ratio allows a high level of care and individual attention. Counselling and other community based specialist services are utilised to meet particular needs.
Regular conferences take place to review each student’s progress and identify a student’s future objectives. During the final year transition reviews are held to ensure next step planning and progression are arranged for the student’s onward journey.
Social Skills and Independency Development: From their first day at College, students are gradually introduced to the concept of independency. Through close supervision and appropriate levels of encouragement and support, a devised independence plan is implemented. This inclusion of personal care, self-respect and the development of daily living skills prepares the student for independence within their own residency.
Students are expected to plan, purchase and prepare a number of their meals each week with the level of staff support decreasing as competence and confidence increases. The percentage of self- prepared meals will vary according to the student’s capability. It is worth noting that the majority of students accomplish this level of independence during their stay at the College. The flexible nature of our residential facilities enables students to progress safely through to independency at a rate suited to their needs and capability whilst catering for individual interests.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 January 2011 )