Uplands Educational Trust

Helping young people with special educational needs to help themselves

About UET

Uplands Educational Trust is committed to meeting the needs of disabled young people and their families. The Uplands Educational Trust (UET) will meet the needs of complex learners aged between 11 and 25 years living in Swindon and the surrounding areas, and will provide unique, exceptional and innovative Learning, Working and Living provisions.

 Horizons College

Horizons College is an exciting and unique provision within the Uplands Educational Trust. Horizons College is a specialist facility for young adults aged 16-25 who have severe or profound multiple learning difficulties and / or complex needs

The College provides a holistic learning programme for young people which is challenging, relevant and fun to support individual progression and preparation for adulthood.  It is specifically aimed at learners with a range of learning and physical disabilities including those with complex medical and therapeutic needs and/or sensory processing difficulties.  Some may have additional complex social and behavioural related needs.

In order to meet this wide range of needs learners require a specialist provision including: purposely designed accommodation, access to a range of expert and multi-agency support such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists, visually and hearing impaired specialists.

Follow the link to view the Horizons College website to find out more

Uplands Charity Shops

The Uplands Educational Trust successfully run a chain of Charity shops across Swindon. Our charity shops have been extremely successful and have provided the young people with opportunities and work experience in areas of retail, customer service and catering. In addition to providing real community inclusion and breaking down barriers towards disabled young people the experience gained prepares the young people for supported work placements. The young people are also developing effective work related learning pathways and accreditation and their contributions are greatly valued and recognised.

UET Farm

The UET Farm provision is based in Leigh a few miles outside of Swindon. It offers young people the chance to engage and interact with livestock and learn life skills in health and safety, environmental care, life processes and horticulture.

The farm provision offers a variety of activities for young people with special educational needs including complex learning difficulties. Young people have the opportunity to interact with their peers and the staff while taking part in practical hands on experiences.


The Community Enterprise Centre in Atworth Close, Penhill supports both the local Penhill Community and young people in Swindon with learning difficulties and/or complex needs. The aim of the CEC is to provide life changing opportunities for young people by developing independent living and working skills, with a key focus on social enterprise and vocational learning leading to employment. 


The Living Skills Centre, Maryfield  has undergone a complete renovation to provide specially adapted residential accommodation for 12 young people who will have the opportunity to develop their independent living skills. Maryfield provides a vibrant and caring community where independent living and learning skills are developed to ensure that young people reach their full potential.