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Sandy Lane Centre 

At APTCOO we believe everyone should have the same opportunity to succeed in life and through providing an accessible, alternative and flexible route tailored to their individual needs, we aim to increase aspiration throughout the local community. We believe we are here to give families and young people a voice in shaping their future and prepare them in every sense for a fulfilled adulthood.


Our flexible Post-16 curriculum enables young people to make those choices about their education and future, with our support and tools to succeed. Young people can expect developmental, individual learning plans that are created with them to incorporate their interests, needs and future aspirations, so every young person has a skills passport and self-confidence for a successful future.  


Everything we do is underpinned by preparing for adulthood, helping learners work towards their life ambitions. The Sandy Lane Centre is based in Mansfield. We prepare our learners for all aspects of adulthood and working life, from future work and community life to independent and healthy living.


We have developed a variety of innovative models of learning designed to engage any person, at any level, to develop a range of skills and attributes that will underpin their future success in education, work and life.  This is often facilitated through ​project-based learning which explores an individual's strengths, abilities, aspirations and life goals. It gives a focus and purpose, as well as exploring those hidden, untapped talents.

The aim of all pathways, with the effect of developing the characteristics of self-worth, discipline, personal initiative and conscientiousness that accompanies greater independence and self-determination to maximise employability. 


APTCOO pathways include vocational and employability and meet current Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) and Education and Health Care outcomes:

  • Further higher education and or employment

  • Independence and independent living

  • Community inclusion and friendships

  • Maintaining good health

Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) Support

All pathways leading to post-16 provision will be underpinned with dedicated to CIAG support from our tutors this is to ensure that:

  • Pathways match the needs and career aspirations of the learners

  • The learners progress and achievements are planned, monitored and celebrated

  • Learners receive timely support, information, advice and guidance throughout, including impartial and independent advice

  • Transition planning starts at 14-plus is effective by enabling learners to agree and reach their personal choices

  • Parents/families are involved in the transition planning at all stages

  • Parents/families are signposted to a range external agencies for independent support, information, advice and guidance

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