Cloughside College is a secondary (11-19) co-educational school for young people admitted to the two adolescent units situated within the Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, on its Prestwich site.
All of our learners have mental health diagnoses and are referred to Prestwich Hospital for medical, psychiatric care.
Learners who have not reached school leaving age need to attend college as usual so long as they are well enough to do so. Where a learner does not feel well enough to attend lessons, teaching staff will try and engage them with their learning on the ward.
College and Health Service staff work very closely with the aim of providing the best education for our learners, taking into account their mental health needs.
The College consists of two units - Junction 17 and the Gardener Unit. Our two units are very close to each other and the college staff can mix and work on both however the learners cannot.
Our learners come from a very wide geographical area (as near as the local borough up to nationwide locations). Lengths of hospital stays can vary widely so we have a high turnover of students, more so on Junction 17 but also on the Gardener Unit.
Joint working between College and Health staff includes a twice daily handover from and to health staff to facilitate close communication.