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For many of the young people, joining Oakwood Court College will be the first time they have lived away from home. Change can bring its own challenges both for the learner and their family. Oakwood believes that transition planning is the key to a successful college placement.

The first stage to finding the right college placement is to visit. At Oakwood we welcome potential students, their families and supporting professionals to visit and spend time at the college to better understand exactly what it can offer.

The dedicated Transitions Manager works closely with new students, their families and professionals to ensure that all essential information is shared ahead of the start of term and that the transition into further education is a really positive experience.

Where appropriate potential students will be offered a three day residential

assessment at the college, attending classes with additional support if required, staying at Oakwood, meeting with their peers and joining in with activities. This time allows the staffing team to understand the needs of the student and the level of support they will require to enjoy their time at college and flourish. Some young people may benefit from a more flexible assessment approach with visits over an extended period and at a speed appropriate to their needs.

There are lots of details to be sorted out ahead of the start of term and lots of questions to be asked and answered. During the summer break all new students will receive a welcome pack full of information about the college and the Transitions Manager is on hand to answer any queries direct from students or their family.

At Oakwood Court we pride ourselves on our flexibility and working together to develop the ideal college placement for every new student.