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Ruskin Mill College - day and residential education and care in Gloucestershire and the South West for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEN)

Ruskin Mill College is situated in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire in a 140 acre beautiful wooded valley catering for over 100 students, providing a safe and healthy environment.

We believe education and care is a journey not a race… we provide a patient, understanding, supportive and respectful environment for all students.

Our students range from 16 - 25 and are either residential or day students with complex behaviour and learning difficulties. These can include autistic spectrum disorders, epilepsy, dyspraxia, Asperger’s, speech, communication difficulties and mental health issues.



To get in touch to find out how we can support your needs call 01453 837 502 and ask for Assessment and Admissions, or email us here:

You can also download:

• Our current Prospectus here

• Our Application form and Admissions Policy here


Since 1986, hundreds of students have benefited from the college's innovative Practical Skills Therapeutic Education program that gives the students an opportunity to learn through doing real life purposeful activities that enhance their intellectual, emotional and physical health.

We offer a wide range of therapeutic activities including a biodynamic farm, two market gardens, one of the oldest trout farms in the country, as well as traditional crafts such as glass work, green woodwork, iron forge, arts and drama.



Each Student is supported by an Education & Learning Coordinator and together they create a personal development plan. This includes functional skills (maths and English), which is embedded into each session.

Based on the Individual Student Journey Plan, Ruskin Mill also offers a series of accredited and tracks non-accredited learning, using the RARPA framework.


Work Experience and Wellbeing

Ruskin Mill College have a team of experts who will assist in the student transitioning into adulthood with work experience opportunities, overseeing the first steps of supported and independent living.

It is Ruskin Mill College's aim to increase the student's level of self-esteem and confidence enabling the young person to become more independent, communicate effectively, manage their health and wellbeing, and ultimately integrate into and contribute to society.


Ruskin Mill College is part of Ruskin Mill Trust

Ruskin Mill Trust is a leading independent provider of specialist care and education for young people and adults with learning and complex co-morbid needs including autism / ASD, Asperger syndrome, behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, mental health problems, self-harm, epilepsy, dyspraxia and other special educational needs (SEN).

We welcome applications from throughout the UK.

Currently working with a large number of local authorities, the Trust has been providing specialist Education, Health & Care for young people for over 25 years. Our pioneering method of ‘Practical Skills Therapeutic Education’ is recognised internationally and has helped transform the lives of hundreds of young people.



Ofsted Rating and Reports

To view our latest Education report please click here.


Ruskin Mill Trust has worked with the following Local Authorities -
each links to their respective Special Educational Needs (SEN) section:

Barnet Council Haringey Council Reading Borough Council
Barnsley Council Hertfordshire County Council Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Bath and NE Somerset Council Hounslow Council Salford City Council
Birmingham City Council Kent County Council Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Bracknell Forest Council Kingston-Upon-Thames Borough Council Sheffield City Council
Bristol City Council Lambeth Council Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Bromley Council Leeds City Council Somerset County Council
Buckinghamshire County Council Leicester City Council South Gloucestershire Council
Calderdale Council Leicestershire County Council St Helens Council
Cambridgeshire County Council Lewisham Council Staffordshire County Council
Cardiff Council Lincolnshire County Council Suffolk County Council
Central Bedfordshire Council London Borough of Hillingdon Surrey County Council
Cheshire West & Chester London Borough of Redbridge Swindon Borough Counci
Cornwall Council London Borough of Richmond Telford & Wrekin Council
Derby City Council Luton Borough Council Torbay Council
Derbyshire County Council Medway Council Tower Hamlets Council
Devon County Council Norfolk County Council Trafford Council
Doncaster Council North Lincolnshire Council Walsall Council
Dorset County Council North Somerset Council Warwickshire County Council
Dudley Council Northamptonshire County Council West Sussex County Council
Ealing Council Northumberland County Council Wiltshire Council
East Sussex County Council Oxfordshire County Council Wokingham Borough Council
Essex County Council Pembrokeshire County Council Wolverhampton City Council
Gloucestershire County Council Peterborough City Council Worcestershire County Council
Greenwich Council Powys  County Council  
Hampshire County Council    



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