The Croydon College Group has been accredited the Epilepsy Friendly status by national charity Young Epilepsy due to their ongoing improvements with supporting students living with the condition.

Staff at Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon University Centre have taken it upon themselves to learn more about the effects that life in further and higher education can have on young people with epilepsy. They have done so by enrolling in Young Epilepsy’s ‘Epilepsy Friendly’ scheme which provides free epilepsy training and resources for colleges and universities across the UK.

Epilepsy can have devastating effects on young people in further and higher education; Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy has a high occurrence in this age range. Stress, alcohol, tiredness, lack of sleep, dehydration, forgetting to take medication can all be contributing factors.

Vicky Chainey, Director of Student Support Services at the Croydon College Group, said: “We are delighted to be recognised as an Epilepsy Friendly organisation.

“Epilepsy is often misunderstood and so there can be confusion when it comes to support in education. We wanted to assure young people, and their families, that we are committed to understanding their individual needs and providing the support that enables them to attend Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College or Croydon University Centre.

“By making some small provisions we have the opportunity to make a big difference, providing an environment that will promote a positive educational experience..”

Matt Sims, Chief Executive Officer at Croydon BID, said: “Epilepsy is not a barrier. It’s not a barrier to learning. It’s not a barrier to success. It’s something millions of people cope with every single day.

“As somebody who has had epilepsy for more than 20 years, Croydon College should be congratulated for their approach to mental health, including epilepsy, and the forward steps they are taking to ensure their staff and students are not just aware but can support their peers.”

Young Epilepsy is the national charity working exclusively on behalf of children and young people with epilepsy. They are a leading provider of specialist health and education services and offer support, information resources, training for professionals and also campaign to improve access to, and quality of, health and education services.

For more information about additional learning support available at the Croydon College group  email the ALS team:

Information for schools

Croydon College Group offers a wide range of activities to provide support to schools, parents, carers and students with post-16 decisions. Through activities both at the college and onsite at local schools, the diverse range of courses on offer at Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon University Centre is explored.

Information is provided on the various opportunities available for both vocational and academic pathways. This, combined with the wide range of apprenticeships, delivered by the World of Work team, provides an important resource for post-16 options. 

Contact the team at or phone us on 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676 for more information.

Let’s work together:

Assemblies and Presentations

Delivered at your school and providing either a general overview of courses available or tailored specifically to the needs and interests of the student year group in attendance. Focus subjects could include apprenticeships, applying to universities, T Levels or sector-specific subjects.

Career Events & Options Evenings

Virtual or in-person we welcome the opportunity to support your events and engage with students and parents. Our team can also be available to attend application and interview workshops also GCSE results day. 

Onsite Taster Sessions

Engaging and interactive sessions with specialist lecturers in areas including criminology, fashion and textiles, media studies, music performance, photography, science and much more. Sessions can be held on-site at our colleges or at your school. Please enquire about specific subjects.

Campus Tours

Your students can tour our campuses, chat with members of the teams and explore our range of departments and facilities. Building your own tour, allows you to choose the areas your students are keen to view the most, and with a large course offering, this ensures they get the most out of their visit and enough time to ask any questions they may have.

The Programme can also help to support evidence of careers activity provision in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Croydon Colleges Group is always pleased to build strong relationships with local schools and sixth forms and produce a newsletter to keep schools and sixth forms up to date with the exciting work of School  Partnership Programme

To discuss your requirements further or to be added to the mailing list, please contact: or call 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676.


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