Doucecroft School

Doucecroft school has a strong ethos on the preparation for adult life and ensuring that our pupils have the very best opportunities to lead fulfilled adult lives.  

The link below is a presentation for parents explaining the process for Preparing for Adulthood.  

Moving into Adulthood Information for Parents


Jim Ketley-O'Donel (Careers Leader) & Lindsay Hansford (Careers Assistant)

OPEN EVENTS 2023-2024

Colleges run open events at various times throughout the year. These are free and an excellent way to find more about the courses available at a specific college. It is also an opportunity to ask about the type of support your young person could receive.

Although these events are free, you usually need to book a place online first so here are links to the various open events coming up –


West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds

  • Saturday 22nd June 2024 9.30am- 12.30pm

Please select your preferred arrival time on the form. If you're looking for Supported Learning (SEND) courses and would like to visit and meet their team, please fill in the form for Supported Learning (SEND).


Suffolk New College, including Suffolk Rural ( formerly Otley College)


Suffolk One  

New Skill Centre

Please contact New Skill Centre direct to arrange a visit -



Colchester Institute in Colchester

Main campus is in Colchester town centre but they have a smaller campus in Braintree as well.

Chelmsford college

     Wednesday 12th June 2024 | Full-Time, Part-Time & Apprenticeships (6pm to 8.30pm)


USP college (SEEVIC)


Harlow College

·         Wednesday 24 April 2024


Colchester Sixth Form college


Since last updating this section, we have taken some of our Transition Hub pupils to visit Chelmsford College, Colchester Institute (both their Colchester and Braintree campuses) and Suffolk New College’s Rural campus. These visits help our pupils to experience a larger, busier environment as well as finding out about the courses available to them.


Our young people often need more support from parents and carers than those in mainstream which is why it is so important for parents and carers to be well informed about opportunities but also about how their young person’s rights and responsibilities change as they become adults. For this reason, Emma Mitchell, our Family Liaison Officer and myself worked with Barbara Greer from Essex Family to Family Network to arrange a series of workshops for parents using the “Thinking Ahead” guide. The feedback from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive.


Each day, at least one pupil from the Transition Hub is going out on work experience with Wednesdays being particularly busy. We have some new providers – Kingsland Church café in Colchester and Re-Create in Ipswich. Jim and I continue to source new providers and hope to announce more after Easter.


The Spring term has been busy with both National Apprenticeship week and National Careers week falling in this term. National Careers week saw us having visitors to deliver a day on the theme of Renewable Energy and Essex Young Farmers delivered an amazing Farming Day including bringing a combine harvester, various tractors and some lambs into school. The weather was kind to us and all the pupils (and staff!) had a fantastic day.

Since September, more opportunities have opened up for our pupils to gain experiences of workplaces, plus the chance to develop their transferrable skills. I have been joined in careers work by my colleague, Jim, who is helping to source bespoke, individual placements which match pupils’ aspirations.

We recently invited some of our former pupils back to school for a reunion. This gave our current Transition Hub pupils the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about life beyond Doucecroft. It was really inspiring to see how well our former pupils are getting on – we’re very proud of them all!



After October half term, we will start to take Transition Hub pupils on visits to local colleges as carrying on in education is one of the options available to them after Doucecroft.


I have also revised our Careers Policy and Programme, both of which were recently approved by our Governors. There is also a pupil-friendly version of the policy in this section of the website.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions please contact us on [email protected] or [email protected] 

A guide to our careers programme is available here for students

A guide to our careers programme is available here for parents

Students' Destinations Upon Leaving Doucecroft School

Positive Career Outcomes For SEND Students

Responses To Our Consultation With Parents On Our Careers Programme

Responses To Our Consultation With Employers On Our Careers Programme

Our Provider Access Policy can be viewed here

The websites listed below can assist you to explore possibilities for the future with your son/daughter.

Information for all students, parents and carers

National Careers Service website, free to use


Apprenticeship website


Apprenticeship Parents Newsletters - See Post 16 Options for students with SEND sections

July 2021

April 2021

December 2020

November 2020

Government website explaining when students can leave school


Government website which helps students to find traineeships. These, in turn can lead onto an apprenticeship


Useful website explaining how to find an apprenticeship



Tips on finding a good apprenticeship


Good explanation of how apprenticeships are structured


How to get additional help to access work if you have a disability of any kind


This lists all organisations that have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme

Information about financial support for students and their families

Information about financial assistance for students in education

Young people focused site with career information on jobs within the NHS

Free online library of careers related film, news and information

 Information about university courses

Post 16 Child Benefit Information


DOSH Financial Advocacy



Information for Essex students, parents and carers

The local offer from Essex: this is your starting point


Essex Opportunities Portal

A parents guide to services in North East Essex

Click Here To View

Adult Community Learning, supported learning

Colchester Institute

Chelmsford College

Seevic College

Thriftwood College

Writtle University College 

To find out about opportunities to do voluntary work


Independent parent carer forum for the whole of Essex


Specific support aimed at people with autism, from Essex County Council


Local groups in Essex for people with autism


Designed to give you an understanding of your personality and the career areas that you would be best suited to.


Careers and labour market information for Essex

Click Here

Information for Suffolk students, parents and carers 

The Local Offer for Suffolk: this is your starting point

Click Here

Suffolk Parent And Carer Network

 Suffolk New College ( this now includes what used to be Otley College)

West Suffolk College


Suffolk One

Lapwing Education

A quiz to generate a few ideas


Find a job or career in Suffolk based on your specific interests


Suffolk County Council’s Post 16 travel policy


Organisations offering volunteering opportunities within Suffolk



Careers and labour market information for Suffolk

Click Here

Fairview Farm – Care farm just outside Ipswich for 16 to 30 year olds   

Indigo Opportunities – quite a new provision started by a lady who worked for Leading Lives 

Inclusive Opportunities

Only on Facebook and no website. Started by two ladies who worked at the Bridge School, they seem to be offering after school and holiday provision at Stonham Barns

Leaps Suffolk – provides Holiday, Saturday, Out Not In and Residential opportunities for young people in Suffolk.