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Cambian Dilston College - Hexham

Cambian Dilston College is a specialist provider of further education situated near Hexham, North East England, for young people between the ages of 16 - 25 years old, with a learning disability, autism spectrum conditions and complex needs.

 Educational placements are day or residential. Residential placements are offered as weekly, termly or up to 52 weeks. Most learning programmes are for 2 years, with an additional year available where appropriate. Short breaks and outreach placements are also available.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lee McDonough
Contact Position
Learner Admissions Officer
01434 632692
College webpage

Where to go

Cambian Dilston College
Dilston Hall
NE45 5RJ

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.

Other Details


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Please enquire


Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals can be made directly via our website:

Alternatively call or email:

T:0800 138 1184

Other notes

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.


When leaving us in July 2017:

  • 75% of students moved on to Independent Supported Living*
  • 92% of students achieved FE placements*
  • 95% of students achieved higher qualifications in Functional Skills**
  • 83% of students improved their independence skills
  • 85% of students improved their communication skills
  • 100% of parents feel the college is safe


  • 18% increase in Functional Skills achievement compare to last academic year
  • 8% increase in ISL achievement compared to last academic year

*Of those who have this as their goal.  **Of those who were entered

We are committed to providing positive transition planning to enable a meaningful destination post placement.














Local Offer

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

Page last reviewed: 24/08/2020