At St Elizabeth’s College, each young person will have the opportunity to live and learn in a fully inclusive, safe and nurturing environment where differences are acknowledged, respected and valued – where abilities are recognised and achievement is celebrated. We respect and support learners of all faiths and learners with no faith or beliefs.
We are committed to supporting our learners to develop an understanding, through the demonstration of our behaviours and action, of our Christian and British Values. Our Catholic ethos is evident throughout College life, embedded into the curriculum and delivered through many of our lessons and experiences.
Learners’ spiritual wellbeing plays an important role in our holistic approach to learning, with opportunities to explore further: during reflection time, by attending acts of worship and joining in with a range of activities, should they wish.
The College actively takes part in termly and annual inclusive events such as: fundraising for charities including CAFOD, St. Elizabeth’s Day, Marie Therese Day and a number of special days and seasons in the liturgical calendar. These are opportunities to learn and celebrate the origin an history of St. Elizabeth’s. We also recognise and learn about special feasts, traditions and celebrations relating to other faiths. This helps us further embed and enhance our Catholic ethos of respect and love for one another.
Welcome from Head of College, Teresa Glynn:
"Welcome to St Elizabeth’s Independent Specialist College! Our College provides unique learning and work opportunities for learners aged 19-25 through a three year placement, although shorter placements can be arranged, for example one or two years. Learners can attend as day learners or within our supported living setting. Provision is individualised, person centred and of the highest standard. We pride ourselves in our specialised education, care, health and therapy which progresses young people to prepare for adulthood in an holistic way. We hold Open Days in October, November and January (see Events for more information), and would encourage you to attend so you have first hand experience of St Elizabeth’s. We look forward to hearing from you!"
St Elizabeth's College is an independent, specialised learning environment for young people aged 19-25 with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities, including those with epilepsy and other complex needs.
The College provides learners with a safe and fulfilling learning and living environment, in which they can benefit from being part of a wider, caring community here in Much Hadham. Throughout their three-year placement, we are committed to enabling and supporting young people to live their lives to the full, and strive for their greatest potential.
The College offers a programme of development over a three-year period, which develops learners’ independent living skills; provides extensive work-related learning and work experience opportunities; and focuses on relevant English, mathematics and ICT skills. We offer a wide range of vocational and work placements, as well as regular trips to the local community to take part in social and leisure activities through long established community links. The College works under external accreditation which underpins the curriculum, but does not drive it. Our aim is to enable each learner to achieve their individual goals and potential.
An integral part of St Elizabeth’s, the College benefits from access to our outstanding Health and Therapy services, including specialist nursing provision both during the day and at night. Learners can be day students or can live in our suite of fully accessible bungalows with full-time staff support.
Transition planning is a central part of the College programme, with our staff proactively supporting our learners’ aspirations to move on to a range of supported living arrangements and to realise their dreams for a fulfilling life, which may include work placements, further learning and leisure activities.
Rated Good, with Outstanding elements in our most recent OFSTED inspection, St Elizabeth’s College is proud to offer specialist support that really focuses on the individual needs of each learner. It is a unique environment, where learners feel safe, valued and able to express themselves, and where they can develop at a pace that suits their goals.
All of our Learners are eligible to apply for a 'TOTUM' card in association with NUS extra. TOTUM is an all new NUS student discount card and supercharged app designed to benefit students, their unions and global brands - offering amazing discounts with over 200 UK organisations and 42,000 worldwide destinations. To apply for a discount card, please visit https://cards.nusextra.co.uk . Learners that order a card will need to have their card delivered to St Elizabeth's College in order to collect.