What we offer

Elfrida Rathbone Camden Statement for use of Education and Skills Funding Agency 16 to 19 Tuition Fund for the 2021 to 2022 academic year

We will provide additional support for students to evidence their learning for their qualifications. For a number of our learners this is not something that can be done in a group setting due to the range of support needs associated with their learning disability, our students have.  For this reason, we will provide additional 1-1 or 1-2 tuition sessions to be able to invest time in individualising approaches and teaching those individuals how to use a variety of tools that will assist them in creating documents, either handwritten, word-processed, pictorial, software aided and/ or using adaptive equipment.

Students will receive support and assistance in learning to use different approaches in addition to their regular lessons. This additional time will enable them to further participate successfully in the main lessons.

This will be fundamental in developing core English and Maths skills and assisting them into putting new concepts and knowledge into communicable words contributing to their progression to independence.

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.

Arts Award:
Engaging in creative ats provides further opportunity for learners to not only express themselves using a variety of means, but also supports social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Our learners can experiment with a range of materials and mediums to build fine and gross motor skills, develop communication methods and teamwork and problem solve during both group and individual projects.  

Learners will gain Discover and Explore Arts Award in recognising and celebrating achievement, accredited by Trinity College London. www.artsaward.org.uk 

Digital Skills
Having digital skills has become increasingly fundamental as the world becomes more technology driven. Included in our courses is a strengths based digital skills programme that supports learning from absolute novice to more advanced learners.  Learners will begin their learning programme from their current ability. 

Employability Course

The Employability Course is a one-year study programme supporting students to develop the skills needed to gain employment such as CV writing, IT skills, applying for jobs and interview techniques.

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The course supports students to develop independent travel skills, money management and maintaining good mental and physical health. Students are given guidance on how to present a positive image to prospective employers such as; how to dress and present themselves appropriately for employment.

Leighton College is working towards the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance: 
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance 
1. A stable careers programme 
2. Learning from career and labour market information 
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil 
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 
5. Encounters with employers and employees 
6. Experiences of workplaces 
7. Encounters with further and higher education 
8. Personal guidance 

As described in the Government’s latest publication “Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers” January 2018. 

Work Placements

We have a good range of ongoing partnerships with employers in the community and beyond, including John Lewis at Oxford Street, ARUP Engineering, Scope, NoNo Foods and Boma Garden Centre.

Students undertake 2-3 placements for up to 6 weeks per academic year and students are supported by our staff while at their placements.

As well as experiencing a wide variety of different work activities, to help them explore future work possibilities, we aim to support each student in finding placements which connect with their individual strengths and interests.  

We are always open to partnering with new work placement partners either on an ongoing basis or to organising taster visits to different workplaces. Interested businesses are encouraged to contact us via malcolm@elfridacamden.org.uk to discuss possibilities further. 


Students achieve the Ascentis Award in Life Skills and Skills for Employment, Ascentis Awards in English and Mathematics Skills and an Arts Award certificate.

Leighton College Student Residential

FLIP Student Magazine

FLIP magazine is a spectacular and insightful magazine created solely by the students who share their wisdom, advice, struggles and experiences on topics ranging from relationships to game reviews.  Click on the picture to view the debut edition online!

Click the picture of click here to see the magazine online https://www.flipsnack.com/LeightonCollegeZine/1-fv1nqcj9d.html

The Leighton Cafe

The Leighton Café is an in-house cafe delivered by Leighton College students as part of their Employability programme. They are given the opportunity to plan the menu, prepare snacks and drinks, serve customers and manage the cash desk. The cafe is a supported environment where students are able to develop their skills and increase their confidence before embarking into a mainstream work placement. The café is open to the public every Thursday 11.45am-12.45pm at 7 Dowdney Close. All are welcome to visit us but it would be great if you could call beforehand to let know you are coming – 020 7424 1601