College case study: Jessica

Jessica’s time at Langdon College

Jessica joined Langdon College in 2015. Initially, Jessica found it quite challenging to engage with the curriculum and often spent her time out of her timetabled sessions receiving lots of 1-1 support from staff.  Jessica has a diagnosis of Autism, Global Development delay, mental health difficulties and complex learning needs and attends Langdon College due to the small class sizes, high levels of support and individualised curriculum. 

Jessica has worked extremely hard with support from her family and staff from College to be in a position where this academic year she is making excellent progress. Jessica is now engaged in all aspects of her college experience, taking part in sessions such as Preparing for Independence, Work Skills, Team Enterprise, Enrichment, Drama, Music and Art.

Jessica loves horses and last term she took part in work experience at an Equine Stables which provides horses for therapy. Through this Jessica worked really hard on managing her emotions and dealing with anxiety in a positive way. This helped Jessica deal with her anger issues and has given her strategies to use in everyday situations. This has enabled Jessica to access new exciting work experience opportunities this year at college, such as a ceramics course where she is learning to make items that she will sell in the shop.

Jessica loves cooking and is always baking treats for the staff and students when she is not in college. Her skills allow her to act as a mentor to the newer students in the cooking sessions in college, where she is often the ‘Head Chef’ on her table. These skills will equip her for the future as later this year Jessica is moving into supported living within the local community, this is a huge step for a young person who has come a long way.