CONEL to open autism centre

Tue 22 September 2015, 5:07 pm

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is to open a campus for its Ambitious College, in partnership with Ambitious about Autism, for people who suffer from the condition.

The facility is the only one in London to specialise in preparing people with the condition for adult life, in areas such as employment, independent living, health and community and participation.

The Pears Campus will be located at CONEL’s Tottenham Centre.

Andy Forbes, principal of CONEL, said: "As a highly successful vocational further education college, we are dedicated to giving the best possible education and training to all students and helping them overcome any barriers they face. 

“Above all, we want to be as ambitious as Ambitious About Autism and we aim to create an autism-confident environment for all our learners.”

Skills such as communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT are part of the college’s specialised curriculum. 

Jolanta Lasota, chief executive of Ambitious about Autism, said: "With fewer than one in four young people with autism accessing any form of education or training beyond school, specialist, local provision is more vital than ever before. 

“Every young person has the right to access the education they need to have a promising future.”

CONEL also celebrated its exam results last month, with 42% of CONEL students achieving A* - C grades in their English GCSEs, a more than 10% improvement on last year’s result of 31%.