Ambitious about Autism

A teacher and student hug.

In 2017, a grant of £100,000 was awarded to support the development of Ambitious College’s West London campus.


Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. It provides services, raises awareness and understanding, and campaigns for change. It also offers specialist education and support through Treehouse School (a sector-leading, non-maintained special school that has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted), Rise School and, most recently, Ambitious College, to meet the evolving needs of young people as they transition into adulthood.

Campus development project

Ambitious College opened in 2015 as London’s first and only college catering exclusively to young adults aged 16-25 with complex autism. Temporarily located within Barnet and Southgate College (a general Further Education college), its success has led to the charity developing permanent locations at two different college campuses, partnering with the College of North Haringey, Enfield, and North East London (CONEL), and West Thames College, Isleworth. At the time of application they had raised £769,000 of the £1.8 million they needed to develop the West London site. A grant of £100,00 was awarded.

"I'm ambitious about autism because I live with the condition. My difficulties are invisible, but very real. I would like everyone with autism to be treated with the compassion that our condition deserves"

Luke, an Ambitious about Autism youth patron

"I'm ambitious about autism because we must make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism. Society needs to accept them as part of everyday life."

Jolanta, Ambitious about Autism Chief Executive