Patient education

"Students’ achievement is outstanding because the college leadership places great emphasis on gaining qualifications and attaining skills. Lessons are tailored very carefully to students’ precise needs across a wide range of relevant subjects."

Education review, Ofsted inspector

Education and learning contribute to the recovery of our patients.

Many have had poor experiences of learning in the past and our professional staff help them to learn in ways that meet their particular needs and may lead to awards or qualifications.

Improving literacy and gaining skills in a variety of subjects - including practical, social, communication, coping and work skills - can help increase patients' self-esteem, confidence and independence. This may also help rehabilitation. Education for individuals and groups is part of patient care planning and our Workbridge Work and Social Programme build on this by providing supported opportunities for people to learn technical and life skills through vocational work placements. We also offer volunteering that can further help develop social, work and other skills on site and in the community.


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St Andrew’s College

Based in the Adolescent Service in Northampton, we provide education sessions for around 100 students at our on site independent college. Here, young people’s needs are assessed and each one then follows an individually planned programme, which may lead to recognised qualifications.

The curriculum is broad and balanced. It 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. To support learning, we have developed a risk-managed intranet, which provides 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 Plus, entry level adult literacy and numeracy, sports leader awards and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

The latest exam results for Lowther can be viewed here. The lasted exam results for Malcolm Arnold House can be viewed here.


Our recovery approach

All patients have individual care plans and these include a range of sessions and activities. Patients may choose new opportunities to learn and improve skills as part of their recovery. These may include learning sets through our Patient Experience and Recovery Centre services. For instance, patients may become recovery forum representatives or take on 'train the trainer' and co-facilitator roles to help and inspire other patients in their recovery, recruit and train staff and influence how our services are delivered.


Adult education

Our Adult Education Service provides important opportunities for our patients to explore new areas of interest as part of their care programme, gaining new skills and building confidence. In many cases they can achieve recognised qualifications while at St Andrew's.