A Charedi rabbi whose son has benefited from a Langdon education opened his Tottenham home for a meeting for parents interested in sending their children to Langdon's new Edgware college.
It will operate full-time from September, offering life skills and educational and professional courses to those aged between 16 and 25 with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties. It will also be open on a part-time basis to 14-to-16-year-olds attending a school.
The parents' meeting was hosted by Rabbi Michael and Sophie Bernstein, whose son attended Langdon's existing college in Manchester.
Rabbi Bernstein said Langdon had "helped to open a whole new world" to young Jews with learning problems.
"At the time of joining Langdon College, my son was a young man who emotionally had good reason to feel he had been rejected by the special needs institution he had previously attended."
The boy had also "experienced mood swings which could, at times, provoke inappropriate physical behaviour. With sincere dedication and high levels of professionalism, Langdon College transformed him into a young adult who could present and maintain a far more appropriate level of behaviour.
"He now lives in a Langdon supported property in the Manchester community and has a full weekly schedule of activity, which includes work experience four days a week, and the ongoing development of his independent living skills."
Langdon has received interest in the London college from a broad cross-section of the community, and 15 people attended the Tottenham meeting.