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Furness College

Furness College is a large FE college based in South Cumbria. Merged with Barrow 6th Form College in 2016; the college provides education from Entry Level to Higher Education including a range of apprenticeships.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Andrew Wren
Contact Position
01229 825017
Furness College

Where to go

Furness College
LA14 2PJ

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

The college accepts online applications. 

Other notes

Furness College is based in the centre of Barrow in Furness, we are a post 16 provider and offer full and part time Further Education along with a range of Higher Education courses and Apprenticeships. 

We provide education and support for learners with SEND and additional needs.

Local Offer


The College offers a wide range of courses that can be accessed by learners with additional needs.

From September 2022 the College will offer Supported Internships in partnership with DFN Project Search and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. This programme will be for young people aged 18-24 with an EHCP that aspire to employment. The programme will run from Furness General Hospital and give young people the opportunity to develop employment skills, real work experience and the chance to secure employment at the end of the programme. completing 3 rotations within the hospital alongside a programme of classroom learning will help to develop communication, team work and work ready skills. A jobs coach will support learners to develop skills needed for employment. For more information see our website . 

Our Skills for Working Life programme for young people with SEND is an entry level course and offers progression opportunities to our FE courses and internships and is ideal for those young people who need more specialist learning support to develop their skills. The course helps young people with SEND to develop their independence, learn new skills and prepare for their next steps. 

Contact Name
Natasha Kenny - EHCP Lead
Contact Telephone
01229 825017
Contact Email
SEN Information
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood(16+)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

The college attend relevant meetings at partner schools to ensure a smooth transition process for learners with additional needs.  At application most students meet with a member of staff who will discuss any learning needs and previous support.  

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

The college designs study programmes to meet the academic/social needs of learners. We have experienced Mentors and Learning Support Assistants who work one to one and in class to support learning.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Each student has an individual study programme that is designed to meet their academic and support needs. Bespoke timetabling can be arranged in certain circumstances.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

During the application and enrolment process, information from home is key to helping young people with SEND cope in their new environment. We recognise that this is a stressful time for both parent/carer and students.

Staff working with SEND learners maintain contact with parents/carers. There are the usual opportunities such as parents evening.

As a setting we make regular assessments of student progress throughout the academic year.


What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

We have a strong pastoral programme in place that helps prepare young people for life beyond college. An experienced Inclusion team help to provide support for young people including providing personal care where required. 

As a post 16 provider we work closely with our young people to develop their employability skills ready for their next steps, this includes behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

The college works with specialist providers when required, for example Occupational Therapists. We provide supported internships in partnership with local organisations and employers.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Students with SEND or additional needs are supported by Inclusion staff to attend external events and trips.

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

The college is fully accessible.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

The Inclusion team attend EHCP reviews and TAC meetings in the terms prior to enrolment to learn about out prospective students and their support needs.

Our student services team provide extensive information, advice and guidance about careers and next steps. Frequent events and external visitors support this work. We also work closely with Inspira to provide IAG.

Information sharing with other organisations is in line with confidentiality and GDPR guidance.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

We value the support of parents in the decision making process, however as a post 16 provider our goal is to prepare young people for education, employment or training and as such we work with students to develop their skills, independence and decision making. It is important learners are involved in the decisions about their progression.

Last updated: 28/02/2022
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