Education and Services for People with Autism


Name Education and Services for People with Autism
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 November 2016
Address 6-7 the Cloisters, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, SR2 7BD
Phone Number 01915165080
Type Independent Specialist College
Age Range unknown
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Number of Pupils unknown

Information about the provider

ESPA College, opened in 1995, is part of Education and Services for People with Autism, a limited company with charitable status. The college provides education and specialist support for day and residential students who have autism spectrum disorder, aged 16 to 25 years, from the local region and nationally. There are currently 41 day and eight residential students. The college is based across four sites, with two halls of residence. At 8% of students are of minority ethnic heritage and 88% are male.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Trustees and the leadership team ensure sound financial management and take strong and decisive action that improves the quality of the service for students. Good teaching, learning and assessment develop students’ skills very well and they attain relevant qualifications which prepare them for their next steps in education or training, and in achieving greater independence. Staff have high expectations of students, who make good progress from their starting points. Highly skilled and trained staff support improvements in students’ behaviour effectively and this enables them to participate well in learning at college and in wider community settings. Students’ complex needs are met very effectively by the wide range of flexible and individualised vocational programmes both at ESPA and at local further education colleges. Students are protected well from the potential dangers of radicalisation and extremism as a result of the highly effective practice in the individualised approach to risk assessment. Students’ social and personal skills are significantly improved by participating in good-quality enrichment activities which help to prepare them well for life in modern Britain.