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Our History

Catcote Futures is a Specialist FE College for learners aged 19 and beyond, and is a subsidiary company of Hartlepool Aspire Trust (Multi Academy Trust). This provides Catcote Futures quality assurance and enables the sharing of SEND expertise and good practise

Catcote Futures was initially formed in 2002 to meet the needs of 4 Hartlepool learners aged between nineteen and twenty-five with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. We have grown considerably over the years and registered as an SPI (Specialist Post 16 Institution) in 2018. Currently (2021/2022) we have ninety seven adult learners on roll, consisting of thirty four learners following accreditation funded through the ESFA (attending Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and sixty three learners who access specialist learning programmes funded by personal budgets through social and health. The Warren Road Campus is our main site which caters for learners from pre-entry level up to Entry 3. We also have a dedicated Employability pathway ‘STEPS’, located in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre. This comprises of a retail outlet and a separate unit which is the home of our ‘Employment Training Hub’. Here, our learners follow bespoke employability programmes comprising of practical work experience and accreditation ranging from Entry 2 up to Level 2 and Supported Internships.

Today, Catcote Futures is an innovative specialist FE college for learners with moderate to profound and multiple learning difficulties/disabilities, autism, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and complex needs. We provide a vibrant, holistic learning environment delivering independent living, vocational and work related learning programmes, giving real experiences to ensure the best opportunities for successful transition into adult life. Our vision is to be an innovative centre of excellence providing outstanding, personalised education for all learners to fulfil their potential, grow in confidence and, above all, be happy and safe. In March 2020, we received our first Ofsted monitoring visit which was very positive.