The Caldecott Foundation

Vocational Learning Centre

The Vocational Learning Centre was the main element of our Centenary appeal. This was introduced to provide the kind of work based training that is relevant for today’s job market, but in a fully supportive environment with the further social and emotional skills that are a key element of our provision.
Academic attainment is very low amongst our young people and so these more practically- based qualifications are important to giving students access to a much wider range of training and employment opportunities in the future. However, unlike other vocational training establishments, we are able to focus strongly on achieving minimum GCSE qualifications in Maths and English – all taught in very small groups with substantial individual input.


We offer a new programme of vocational training courses, from BTEC entry level to BTEC level 2 for 14 to 19 year olds, these courses are:

  • Building and Construction
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance
  • Land Based Studies

Funds have been raised through our Centenary Appeal to build a specially designed Vocational Learning Centre at our school in Smeeth, near Ashford. There is a second site, nearer Ashford town centre that will provide Motor Vehicle Maintenance training.
Along with the vocational elements these courses have to offer, our experience of working with young people who have learning difficulties means that we are also well equipped to provide support for functional literacy and numeracy.

External Students

We can offer placements to non-residential students but with small groups and a high ratio of staff to students, places are limited.

For more information on courses and availability, please call 01303 815664 or email

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