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Learning at Orpheus

Learning at Orpheus

Learning at Orpheus

We are a specialist independent college for young disabled adults aged between 18 and 25 who have a physical and/or learning disability. We offer a transition programme that supports students who are motivated by the arts to gain independent living skills. We support young people to understand the responsibilities of adulthood and empower them to take control of key decisions and choices in their lives.

We offer a diverse programme throughout the academic year. The learning day at Orpheus runs Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. There are four hours of structured sessions each day, as well as support for self-directed learning and personal tutorials as appropriate.

Our programme consists of a 30 week timetable and eight intensive arts weeks. We offer a range of sessions including: Drama, Music and Visual Arts, Planning for the Future, Work Experience, Independence Skills, Dance, Film Making, Podcasting and Music Technology. Our aim is for students to build up their knowledge and gain confidence. New skills are taught that can be immediately applied to everyday life. Class sizes are small and 1:1 support is provided where needed.

Orpheus meets Ofsted requirements because study programmes are personalised to meet a student’s individual aspirations and learning aims.  At the heart of our study programmes are core subjects such as functional skills and a combination of accredited and non-accredited specialist subjects.  We provide support with personal development, behaviour and welfare subjects and blend these with work experience and additional activities dependent on assessment and needs.  We believe our study programmes develop the skills, attitudes and confidence that support progression.

Our focus is on the Preparing for Adulthood pathways of employment, independent living, community inclusion and health and we use these to ensure a successful transition into adulthood is achieved.

You can find our latest Ofsted report here.