Leighton College

With a maximum of 20 student places a year, we are currently open to applications for our Personal Development and Employability courses for young people aged 16-25 with mild to moderate learning disabilities. We are based in Kentish Town, North London. Get in touch to arrange a visit and find out more.

What we do at The Leighton College

We are a person-centred, SEND further education provision for young people with special educational needs. We deliver two courses, the Personal Development course (two years) and the Employability course (one year).

Who is the college for?

Young adults aged between 16-25 years from all London boroughs with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Leighton College is ideal for young people who may find it difficult to cope in a larger or mainstream environment with special educational needs.

How The Leighton College works

Our courses build students’ confidence in communication, develop skills for independent living, and prepare them for employment. The courses include lessons in Maths, English, Cookery, Drama, Sports and Art.  Community learning is integral to the course where students are able to access local facilities and receive support in learning to use public transport.

Leighton College offers a rich work experience programme and prides itself on its partnerships with top employers such as John Lewis, Melia Hotels and NoNo Foods, to name but a few. Through these placements students are introduced to real work-place environments and training.

Leighton College Ofsted Report

The Leighton College was rated as a GOOD SEN further education provider in March 2016. Read the full report here: Leighton Project Ofsted 2016

The Leighton College: Personal Development

Personal Development is a two year study programme supporting students to develop independent living skills, communication, functional literacy/numeracy and creative skills.

The course aims to prepare students to live independently in the future and to play a full part in the community.

The Leighton College: Employability Course

Leighton Students in a Cookery Class

The Employability course is a one-year study programme supporting students to develop skills in getting jobs and gain confidence in the workplace. The study programme supports students with skills needed at work such as CV writing, IT skills and sending emails, applying for jobs and money management.

The course also supports students to develop independent travel skills and maintain good mental and physical. Students are given guidance on dress and hygiene, following instructions and use of appropriate communication in the work place.

Work Placements

The Leighton College provides and individually tailored programme of work placements. Learners undertake 2-3 placements for up to 6 weeks and participate in group volunteering opportunities.

Students keep a diary of progress and College staff assess acquired skills and knowledge.

We have an extremely strong range of partnership with employers in the community including John Lewis, Oxford Street, Arup Engineering and the Boma Garden Centre who offer work experience for our students.


Students  study to achieve the Ascentis Award in Life Skills and Skills for Employment, and Ascentis certificates in English and Mathematics. Students can also achieve an Arts Award certificate.

Leighton College Student Residential


Making a Referral

  • Self referrals can be made by completing the Leighton Application Form 2019-2020.

  • To discuss a referral before filling in an application form, call the Leighton College Programme Manager, Sousan Luqman, on 020 7424 1617.

  • Professional referrals may be made via schools, colleges and other training facilities, together with Adult Social Care (LDT).

  • The young people are invited to look around on an initial visit, followed by “taster” sessions. 

Financial help for students

Our Bursary schemes range from £180 to £1,200 per year and are intended to be used to meet costs associated with a young person’s Education Programme at the ERC Leighton College. Examples of things the bursary can be used for include;

·         Books and study material travel to and from Elfrida Rathbone Camden or a work placement. Clothing and equipment to help a student attend a work or volunteering placement or interview.

·         Additional courses to support a student’s learning programme at the Leighton College

Bursaries do not have to be repaid as long as you have a 90% attendance rate. You may also qualify for Free College Meals. For more information please contact our finance manager, Chris McAuley at Chris@elfridacamden.org.uk or on 02074241621.

Contact: For more information about the Leighton College please contact the Education Manager Sousan Luqman via email sousan@elfridacamden.org.uk  or 0207424 1617. 

Download Leighton College leaflets

Leighton College Flyer

Leighton College Easy Read Leaflet


Elfrida Rathbone Camden
7 Dowdney Close
Kentish Town


At the Leighton College we pride ourselves on being small enough to care, but big enough to make a difference.

Our vision for young people with learning disabilities to have the same opportunities as everyone else to fulfil their potential.

Our mission empowering young people to learn, develop and work together on the path to independence.

Our values independence, inclusion, individuality, friendship and pride.