Pathways To Independence
This course is a blend of accredited and non-accredited vocational education
Welcome to Pathways at Loreto
The Work Experience Quality Standard is a national accreditation which provides external quality assurance for high quality work experience and employability programmes.
For the 3rd year running The Pathways Employability programme was awarded the Gold Standard for outstanding work placements in 2018.
The Pathways Department has given me so much confidence. We are a community, like a family
Our campus is secure and safe and is shared by learners of all abilities. This inclusive environment means that learners with disabilities and/or learning difficulties can develop confidence and independence through their day-to-day college activities.
Loreto is Manchester’s only purpose built sixth form college. Our state-of-the-art facilities are based on a spacious, green and leafy, nine-acre university style campus with mature gardens. There is every opportunity to study and learn; there is also plenty of space for learners to relax and enjoy life at Loreto.
Loreto’s ‘Outstanding’ reputation
Loreto College has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. It also has the rare distinction of receiving the prestigious “Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education”. This award was presented by Her Majesty the Queen in the presence of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, to our previous Principal, Ann Clynch, at Buckingham Palace.
The college is committed to fulfilling the requirements of the Department of Education’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice (2104) and works closely with Local Authorities to ensure the needs of young people with Education, Health and Care Plans are met in college. We also work closely with external agencies to meet the needs of young people as appropriate. These include: Speech and Language therapists, Social Workers, Clinical and Educational Psychologists, and Physiotherapists.
Pathways to Independence Transition Programme
Moving on from school to college is a big step for all young people, particularly for those with learning disabilities. That is why the Pathways Department arranges a thorough and individualised transition programme to ensure that this process is as seamless as possible. Our Transition Programme includes:
- Meetings with the learner, parents/carers, school staff and external agencies, to establish a close liaison and a partnership approach
- School or specialist provider observations
- Attending school review meetings and multi-agency meetings
- Planning a personalised programme with the learner
- Familiarisation days and taster sessions at Loreto College
- Specialist support
- Open days for parents and learners to attend Loreto College
- Initial Needs Assessments to gather full information
The transition programme is arranged and agreed on an individual basis with each school, specialist provider or external organisation. It is our experience that a well-planned transition plays a significant role in learners being able to access Loreto College and the Pathways Programme successfully.
We also support learners to transition out of College upon completion of the Pathways Course on to the next phase of their development.