Our approach

Education and learning contribute to the recovery of our patients. Many have had poor experiences of learning in the past.

Our professional staff help them to learn in ways that meet their particular needs and may lead to awards or qualifications.

Work experience

Many people at St Andrew's take the opportunity to develop work and life skills as part of their recovery.

Workbridge, at our Northampton site, gives people an opportunity to work as a team, gaining technical skills and life skills to help them to realise their potential in the community.

Service users are mentored by skilled staff across many work activities to encourage independence, respect, teamwork and trust; building skills, knowledge and self-esteem in a supportive environment.

Later, our team supports them when they are looking for jobs, completing applications and preparing for and attending interviews.

Workbridge provides work experience in morning and afternoon sessions across: 
• Catering  • Coffee Shop   • Ceramics   • Contracting   • Horticulture  
• Office Skills   • Design and Print   • Woodwork


Adult education

Improving literacy and gaining skills in a variety of subjects - including practical, social, communication, coping and work skills – helps increase self-esteem, confidence and independence. We include education for individuals and groups as part of patient care planning.

We also provide opportunities for people to learn technical and life skills through vocational work placements. Many patients also take volunteering opportunities to develop social, work and other skills on site and in the community.

St Andrew's College

St Andrew's College is a specialist school within our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Northampton.  The College provides education sessions for around 100 students at our purpose built independent college within FitzRoy House.

Each young person’s needs are assessed and each then follows an individually planned programme, which may lead to recognised qualifications. The curriculum is broad and balanced. It includes English, mathematics, science, IT, physical education, art and design, PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) and the TEACCH programme for young people with autism.

A specially developed intranet provides online resources and the opportunity to learn in an interactive and engaging way. Our National Examination Centre status gives young people access to a range of examinations, including GCSEs, entry level certificates, the computer literacy and IT awards CLAiT and CLAiT Plus, entry level adult literacy and numeracy, sports leader awards and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.