Cambian Dilston College - Hexham

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Cambian Dilston College is an independent specialist provider of further education in North East England, offering day and up to 52-week residential placements for young people aged 16 – 25 years with a learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and complex needs.

Our person-centred approach provides students with individualised learning programmes developed to effectively match their needs, personal decisions and aspirations, be the focus on daily living skills, vocational qualifications or independent living. Our students gain important life skills and meaningful qualifications, evidencing our commitment to enabling increased choice, control and independence.

Our range of multidisciplinary therapies is delivered by a highly skilled and passionate team who work together to provide a holistic care environment.  Whilst with us, we encourage our students to develop and pursue their interests and provide them with the support they need to consistently achieve their personal best. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Hilary Purvis
Contact Position
Admissions and Marketing
01434 632692 01434 632692
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Where to go

Cambian Dilston College
Dilston Hall
NE45 5RJ
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Cambian Dilston College is situated in Northumberland close to the towns of Hexham and Corbridge, within easy reach of the city of Newcastle. It is situted in 9 acres of park, woodland and gardens, and also incudes a ruined castle and 17th Century Chapel.


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Learner profile

  • moderate to severe learning disabilities
  • autism spectrum conditions
  • down’s syndrome
  • developmental disorders
  • communication difficulties
  • challenging behaviour
  • a broad range of complex needs including medical needs

We offer a wide range of specialist interventions, tailored approaches and proactive options for learning, providing a total communication environment.


There is the opportunity for all learners to participate in a full and active curriculum including flexible routes to accredited qualifications from pre-entry to Level1.

The launch of our new study programmes offers three distinct routes to learning:

  • skills for work
  • skills for independence
  • skills for communication and wellbeing

There are five strands of curriculum:

  • physical wellbeing
  • emotional wellbeing
  • citizenship
  • functional skills
  • preparation for transition

All study programme pathways and curriculum areas are holistically underpinned by the RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement) principles.

Vocational and practical learning opportunities:

  • hospitality and catering
  • Forest School
  • John Muir Awards
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • horticulture and environmental studies
  • music and drama
  • arts – inc pottery
  • Functional Skills – English, Maths and ICT
  • community sports
  • community access

Work experience

As part of their course, learners are offered the opportunity to access work experience, supported by a dedicated job coach. Work experience placements continue throughout the year allowing learners time to prepare and settle into their placements, apply their class based learning into the work environment and build meaningful, person-centred employment experiences.




Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
16 -19 Years
19 - 25 Years

Page last reviewed: 04/03/2021


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