Weston Bay is a residential training centre for students on the autism spectrum.
This pioneering development is the first of its kind in the UK and has already received plaudits from students, parents and the Government.
Weston Bay is recognised as a crucial facility by students, parents, professionals and agencies in North Somerset, and from across the South West. It is conveniently situated on Weston-super-Mare’s sea-front, between the College’s Knightstone and Loxton Campuses.
It has eight bedrooms and three flats, allowing students to get used to living away from home by managing household tasks like cooking, washing, ironing and cleaning, in addition to developing their social skills.
The length of stay ranges from one night to three months, depending on individual requirements. Students may undertake several residential stays throughout their time at the College.
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What we offer
Support with independent living and progression
Weston Bay provides support to students with independent living, employability, accessing the community, study skills and travelling alone.
All young people who access Weston Bay are Weston College students on College courses, so their individual needs will be negotiated with the College staff and specialist teams.
Extra-curricular activity programme
In addition to their College course, students on the autism spectrum are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Each month the students work with staff to organise a programme of social activities, offered over seven-days a week.
The emphasis is on developing their social skills in a relaxed and fun environment.
Who can stay at Weston Bay?
Weston Bay provides bespoke individual support to learners on the autism spectrum between the ages of 16 and 25.
Learners aged over 18 have the opportunity to make use of the residential setting which consists of four self-contained flats for students wishing to stay for longer periods of time, and a further 10 bedsits for shorter stays.
The length of time a student stays is determined on an individual basis. Students aged under 18 will be able to participate in the day time training activities.
“Going to Weston Bay has helped me to understand the challenges of independent living and how to overcome them, whilst also showing me how to develop friendships and meet new people.”