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  • New College Worcester
    Whittington Road
    WR5 2JX
  • Head: Mrs Mardy Smith
  • T 01905 763933
  • F 01905 763277
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  • W www.newcollege…
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 19 who are blind or partially sighted
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Worcestershire
  • Pupils: 80
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Paid for by LA
  • Open days: Throughout the year
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Good on 23rd October 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 14th June 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Photos on the college walls show pupils cycling, water-skiing, riding on elephants, trekking in Morocco. ‘We organise a very wide range of extra-curricular activities, not only for fun but to help with self-confidence. Some come here with very damaged self-esteem,...

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What the school says...

New College Worcester is a residential college for blind and partially sighted students aged 11-19. Every student recieves an individual programme of education, mobility and Independent Living Skills to support them in reaching their full potential, both in and outside the classroom.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Sociology at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)




What The Good Schools Guide says

Photos on the college walls show pupils cycling, water-skiing, riding on elephants, trekking in Morocco. ‘We organise a very wide range of extra-curricular activities, not only for fun but to help with self-confidence. Some come here with very damaged self-esteem, but are transformed when...


Since 2007 (and acting principal since 2004), Ms Mardy Smith MA PGCE NPQH QTVI (50s). MA education at Warwick, and joined the college in 1989 from a mainstream comprehensive as head of economics, politics and sociology. ‘It was a rare opportunity to work with students with special needs whilst maintaining my A level subjects.’ Competent and approachable; mother of five children, with five grandchildren and a secondary headteacher husband. Keen on theatre and cinema, travel and DIY.

Retiring in December 2016. The new head will be Ms Nicola Ross.

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Special Education Needs

The College caters for students with a visual impairment, who are able to access the National Curriculum at levels 2-7 at Key Stage 3 and Entry level and GCSE courses at Key Stage 4. The College is able to support students who have additional needs, including hearing impairment, physical disability, Asperger's syndrome, autistic spectrum disorders and social and communication needs. In the Sixth Form most students are studying for a wide range of AS/A2 subjects, with many going on to Higher Education. We also offer a very flexible curriculum which could include GCSE's, ASDAN and Numeracy and Literacy courses. All students have Mobility training, Independent Living skills training and ICT support as appropriate. The College also offers a very wide range of extra-curricular activities, including music, sport and drama.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges Y
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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