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Ambitious College

We are London’s first specialist day college for children and young people with complex autism. At Ambitious College we offer young people specialist education and support and provide the vocational and community-based opportunities they need to make a successful transition to an active life in their community, including partnerships with local employers and services.

0ur co-located approach enables us to extend our curriculum significantly and offer learners a wide range of mainstream vocational learning, social opportunities and work experience.

Our learners are at the heart of everything we do and their curriculum is highly personalised to help them achieve their goals. Within the curriculum we embed functional literacy and numeracy, positive behaviour support, communication skills development and ICT skills development.

We’re here to support young people with autism to achieve the life they want. To do this we follow the four pathways developed by Preparing for Adulthood:

  • Vocational Learning
  • Independent Living
  • Better Health
  • Friends, Relationships and Community

Learners, where there is an assessed need for it, have one to one support provided.

The learner is at the centre of their study programme. Where possible they set and agree their own learning targets or this is done involving their circles of support. There are monthly and annual learner reviews of progress that are set up and facilitated with the full input of the learner and to which parents and any other relevant parties attend to review and reset goals.

The curriculum is delivered by our very skilled and friendly staff. Staff are trained in a variety of communication methods including PECS, and Makaton. They also communicate in print and use iPads and assistive technologies where appropriate.

Our curriculum is delivered through a transdisciplinary team consisting of:

  • Qualified Teacher(s): plan and deliver sessions around the four Preparing for Adulthood pathways
  • Speech and Language Therapist(s): support learners to develop their communication and social interaction skills
  • Occupational Therapist(s): help learners to manage sensory issues and develop functional life skills
  • Behavioural Analyst(s): work with learners to overcome behavioural issues which could create barriers to learning
  • Employment specialist(s): support learners to develop vocational skills and access work experience
  • Learning and Behaviour Specialist(s): work with learners to access their person-centred curriculum and mainstream and community provision

We know with the right support and opportunities, children and young people with autism can learn, thrive and achieve. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ambitious College

Where to go

The Pears Campus at College of North East London (CONEL)
Tottenham Green Centre
Town Hall Approach Road
N15 4RU

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 9:30 - 16:00 Term Time only (40 weeks)
Time of day

Other Details


Cost by arrangement


Referral required
Record last reviewed on 31/08/2016
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