Welcome Specialist Independent College & Alternative Education Provider in Dorset, Sefton & Liverpool

Our intention is to provide everyone with the skills, knowledge and experiences to:

  • Be independent & resilient
  •  Grow into education, employment or meaningful activity
  • Live healthily & sustainably

  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships
  •  Grow socially & contribute positively to communities & local economies
  • Be safe
Ofsted Rated Good

We are delighted to announce that on the 14th September 2021 Ofsted arrived at our centres to carry out a full inspection and have graded us as a GOOD Provider. This means that we have been consistently GOOD since our first inspection in 2008!

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Our Programmes

We work with young adults aged between 16 & 30 with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and with young adults who are 16-18 who require an alternative education provision to mainstream school or college.

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Helping Parents & Carers

For many parents and carers of young people with special educational needs, the mainstream education system can be something of a minefield. We work in partnership with you to create a specific education plan for your young person.

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Work Experience

We work with a wide variety of employers to meet the careers aspirations of our learners and the needs of the employers in the local job market. We’re always looking out for enthusiastic employers and businesses who might be able to offer work experience.

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#SayYEStoSEN Campaign

We are encouraging business leaders to take on Special Educational Needs (SEN) students for work experience. #SayYEStoSEN aims to change attitudes towards employing people with SEN. Learn more by clicking the link below.

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Learn About SWRAC

Our head office is based in a Georgian manor house in Dorset with campuses throughout Dorset (Bournemouth, Wimborne, & Dorchester) and also in Sefton & Liverpool in Merseyside . All of our staff are DBS checked and we are rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED. Find out more about us using the link below.

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We are committed to the Safeguarding of our learners. We recognise that Safeguarding is not just about responding to specific allegations, but we also have a duty to ensure the suitability of persons who work with learners who could potentially be vulnerable individuals.

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Have a Safeguarding Concern?

If you have any problems or concerns during your time at SWRAC you can report it to us anonymously and we will get it sorted.
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