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Curriculum creatively adapted to take account of students’ reliance on touch and listening skills. In maths when teaching tessellations, they use cork boards with pins and elastic bands so they can feel it, make it and actually turn shapes around. In science the digestive system is explored through stuffed tights representing the intestines. As part of the Shakespeare for Schools festival, students performed As You Like It at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Drama department encourages them to have a go, and if someone falls over, it’s acknowledged and worked into the plot ...


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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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Since 2017, Nic Ross, 40s. Smartly dressed in a teal jacket and skirt. Comes across as gentle, but no pushover.

Worked in three Gloucestershire mainstream secondary schools before NCW. Spent year as NQT at Archway School, before role as PE teacher at Vale of Berkeley College. Stayed there for 20 years, working her way up to head. Then became deputy head at the much larger Barnwood Park Arts College.

Strong driver of change - installed a brand new gym and digital education centre within 12 months in post. Parents say that she’s hands-on and ‘any issues and she’s on the mark’.


Only suitable for students whose predominant need is VI. Small proportion also have additional needs such as limited mobility, hearing impairments or Asperger's syndrome. Not suitable for those...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges Y
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 Y

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

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*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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