Staff at a dedicated college for school leavers with complex needs have been praised for their hard work.

Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur was recently given a tour of Corseford College, operated by charity Capability Scotland, by chief executive Brian Logan, head of service Liz McConnachie and student support manager Leanne Coyle.

The college, which opened last year, is based within a wing of the existing Corseford School campus, on the outskirts of Johnstone.

Mr Arthur said he was glad to return after visiting whilst Capability Scotland were still putting the finishing touches to the learning spaces within the new college and was keen to see how much the learners were enjoying the experience.

He told The Gazette: "It was great to meet with Brian, Liz and Leanne at Corseford College again last week. 

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"I enjoyed my last visit so much and was really looking forward to seeing the finished facility and all of the young people learning and enjoying their experience at Scotland's first college for people with complex additional support needs.

"I was impressed at how the staff and management team had created such a positive learning environment, which the young people could engage with and feel comfortable in their surroundings.

"Just like the school, Corseford College is a warm and welcoming place, where the fantastic relationship between staff and learners is obviously at the core of everything that they do.

"I'm incredibly proud of the Scottish Government support to work in partnership with organisations like Capability Scotland in their efforts to provide innovative, person-centred services, beyond primary and secondary education, for those with additional support needs." 

Ms Coyle added: "Student reps welcomed Tom to the college and loved showing him around, being able to tell him all about their learning and everything they do at college.

"They hope he will come back and tell them more about his job in the community and parliament, and maybe even get a tour around the parliament building!"