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Principal: Angie Iversen
Age range: 16-25
Local Authority: Sheffield
Local Offer: Download the Local Offer document
Policies: View Ruskin Mill Trust’s policies and procedures

Visiting the college safely during Covid-19:

We have implemented the following safety measures to allow prospective students and/or their parents or carers to visit the site safely. Site visits will give you the opportunity to see the various classrooms and workshops, as well as safely meet our tutors.

2m social distancing where possibleMaximum numbers in any one room limited to a bubble of 6 (excluding dining areas / canteens)
Out-of-hours visits available when the sites will be quieterThorough cleaning of areas before and after visits
Sanitising stations around each siteAdmissions staff will wear a face-covering, and ask that visitors do the same if possible for the duration of the site tour
Promotion of thorough hand-washing by staff and visitorsVirtual meetings with the provision available
Staff will check to see if track and trace form has been returned already, if not they will ask the family to complete before the tourTravel letters provided for those coming into or out of higher-tier areas if needed

Take a virtual tour of Freeman College

Freeman College is an independent specialist college educating young people with complex behaviour and learning difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions.

We offer a student-centred approach to holistic development through the Integrated Learning for Living & Work (ILLW) programme where a vast range of accredited courses and qualifications are on offer from pre-entry level to GCSE.

We provide residential and day provision for ages 16-25 and accept applications all year round.

Housed in a beautiful former cutlery works, the College draws upon the rich history of the area and harnesses the therapeutic nature of a craft and land based curriculum. Workshop sessions such as metallurgy, forging, jewellery, textiles, and the arts.

Our ‘seed to table’ approach offers students the opportunity to experience working directly with the land at High Riggs Market Garden, growing fresh, biodynamic produce which is then enjoyed at college, in our onsite Fusion café social enterprise and bakery, as well as residentially.

Speak to our admissions team today by emailing them at or calling 0330 055 2653

Safeguarding at Freeman College

Freeman College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and staff and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support students and staff at school.  

Any concerns are passed to the members of staff who are part of our school safeguarding team, led by our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Ewan Keefe.

More information including our Safeguarding Policy can be found on our dedicated safeguarding page here 

What our students say:

“My independent skills have improved but my main issue has been feeling part of a community where people have your best interest at heart and here I can feel safe. At Freeman the staff are relaxed, friendly and interact with students far more than in mainstream.”

Ed, student at freeman college

What our parents say:

“We’ve seen so many changes in our son over the past three years. He’s now better able to understand instructions, think for himself, make decisions and show more empathy for others… He’s been able to step out of his comfort zone and do things like perform on stage, travel by himself and finding a work placement in a shop.”

A parent of one of our third year students

Call 0330 055 2653 or email Admissions today to discuss a placement.

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