Gordon has praised the Blackpool staff at Beaumont College – an education centre for students between the ages of 19 and 25 with a broad range of physical and/or learning difficulties.
He was taken around by Laura Spencer – the Lead Tutor for the past six years at the Highfield Road campus, one of four sites Beaumont have in the North West. Gordon was introduced to the 21 students, all of whom come from Blackpool and have an individual timetable tailored to their specific needs. The students attend from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30am to 3.00pm and are supported by the 17 members of staff.
Gordon said: “I was really struck by the dedication of Laura and the other tutors at Beaumont. It is a challenging job but the passion and hard work from her and other colleagues shone through. I could see from the smiles on the students faces that they enjoy the curriculum and other activities they do there.
“When I was there, some of the students performed a dance routine, which they had choreographed themselves. Laura told me dance, music and other interactive forms of learning were a big part of the curriculum at Beaumont. This particularly helps with their interaction skills when some go onto do work placements. One of these was Koby who has really gained confidence from his time here and has also been getting experience working in a charity shop.”
“Laura told me that the college works closely with Blackpool Council’s Transition team, but also local schools such as Highfurlong and Woodlands, who work with younger students. I was pleased to hear this is happening. These partnerships are vital for the students so they have a smooth transition through the various stages of their education and have the opportunities to succeed when they complete their studies.”
Last year, the college which was previously run by the national disability charity Scope, was transferred over to Saletum Healthcare and its Ambito Care and Education division.