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Waltham Forest College


Each of use feels better, does better when we are doing something we like in a place where we feel relaxed and supported. This is what we strive for at Waltham Forest College so each of our students gains that confidence. Ofsted says “Learners feel and are very safe” and “Learners enjoy their learning and take part with enthusiasm.”

We want each of our students to develop their own skills, independence and confidence. It is important to us that each person chooses the right course for them. Ofsted says about our High Needs provision that “Learners make good progress and develop the skills required to become increasingly independent and are enabled to meet their vocational aspirations.”

For us at the College it is important that you know and tell us what your interests are and what you might want to do in your life. We will work with you to ensure you have an enriched learning time at the College. We are passionate about preparing our students for work and what to expect at work. We also offer job and careers advice as part of your learning here. Ofsted says “Learners on study programmes are well prepared for employment.”

At the College there are many extra leisure and recreational activities for you to take part in. These include sports activities, cooking, horticulture and volunteering. We know these activities are fun but they are also important as they build confidence, team work skills and leadership skills.

We are proud of our students, their outcomes and achievements and will continue to work with all students now and in the future.

If you wish to know more please visit us on one of our Open Days, I will be there and I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the College.

Description - SEN Provision

We run Supported Learning Programmes for students with learning difficulties and individual needs. These range from Pre-Entry to Entry Level 3.

All students study English, maths, ICT and Creative Arts. We are keen for students to be involved in the community and students take part in different projects, for example growing their own flowers and vegetables, conservation, up-cycling or volunteering.

The College has recently opened a new Independent Living Area which is used to train some students in looking after themselves and to prepare them for independent or supported independent living.

We are keen to help students progress to employment pathways. Many students work in the College’s Retail Shop during their time here. We also work with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to provide opportunities for work training and work experience. Several students have gone on either into some form of employment, further study or supported internships. This year we are piloting a Cycle Maintenance project where students take additional qualifications in Cycle Mechanics with a view to employment in that field.

Description - Mainstream vocational courses

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty and require academic support, we can provide additional help. We can deliver either 1:1, group, in class or out of class support depending upon your need. Reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure that people with disabilities or learning difficulties are not disadvantaged. A range of services are available e.g. communicators, dyslexia and mental health specialists and mentoring. The College’s premises are accessible for people with mobility disabilities.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Penny Wycherley
Contact Position
020 8501 8000
Fax: 020 8501 8001

Where to go

Waltham Forest College
707, Forest Road
E17 4JB

Local Offer


If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty and need support for a course, we can provide additional help. This may include support in class or in individual sessions, signers, communicators or support staff may be provided where necessary. Reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that people with disabilities are not disadvantaged.
A range of support services is available to meet specific needs and nearly all of the College is accessible for people with mobility disabilities.

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