The Pathway Centre

Croydon Pathway’s is a specialist provision based at The Pathway Centre at Coulsdon College and The Waddon Pathways Centre (based at the youth centre) with a social community element included as part of the programme.

The Pathway Centre is for young adults with complex and severe difficulties. This may include young people who have significant learning difficulties, autism, health and medical needs, physical difficulties including visual and hearing impairments, and associated behaviours resulting from these needs. Every student is recognised and respected as unique and special. We place each young person’s individual needs and goals at the centre.  It is this approach that underpins our curriculum; developed to ensure students are given opportunities to develop their communication, learning and independence, in a safe and inclusive environment.

At the Pathway Centre the focus is on developing vocational skills, including numeracy and literacy, arts and music. Where suitable, the course offers opportunities for mainstream integration with a focus on social interaction and development of life skills.

At The Waddon Centre the focus is on social and life skills development. There is also provision for taking part in supported activities in the local community, such as swimming, the gym, a community allotment and supported work placements.

The team at the Pathway Centre is headed up by an experienced and skilled leader who has worked with young people with special educational needs for many years. The teachers have all undertaken specialist training to work with students who have complex needs. In addition, each of the class groups have learning support staff.

All young people will be part of a small and nurturing group, some young people will require 1:1 support. The Coulsdon campus also benefits from support provided by a speech and language therapist and occupational therapist, implemented as part of the daily curriculum.

The team at The Waddon Centre is led by an experienced practitioner who has managed the provision for many years. His skillset is working with young people with complex needs and the excellent provision focuses on the development of life skills and social interaction. The centre is supported by a number of professionally qualified workers who have received specialist training and have many years of experience within SEND. 

Staff are skilled in communicating using augmentative and alternative communication techniques. Croydon Sensory Support Service also offers specialist teaching support for the young people who have hearing or vision needs. Specialist teachers will provide advice and support to the wider Pathway’s team to ensure the best resources are in place for these students.

To hear from one of our student’s about their time at the Pathway Centre, watch the video below.

To find out more about our Supported Education course and to apply, please click here.

To view our Pathway Centre Brochure, please click here.



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