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  • New College Worcester
    Whittington Road
    WR5 2JX
  • Head: Ms Nicola Ross
  • T 01905 763933
  • F 01905 763277
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 19 who are blind or partially sighted
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Worcestershire
  • Pupils: 80, almost all boarders; sixth formers: 32
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Paid for by LA
  • Open days: Throughout the year
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 23rd October 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 14th June 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘It’s a fantastic environment for people who want to succeed,’ said our guide, one of the most self-possessed and confident teenagers the Guide has ever met. Everyone who would benefit learns Braille, and the college has large numbers of talking books, but whilst new technology has had a mixed press amongst educationalists elsewhere, here it has revolutionised learning. Raised maps on walls around the college have a dual purpose as handy navigation aids; there are tactile and Braille periodic tables; the famous ‘knitted intestine’ helps biology students learn anatomy...

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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


Since January 2017, Ms Nicola Ross.

Academic matters

‘It’s a fantastic environment for people who want to succeed,’ said our guide, one of the most self-possessed and confident teenagers the Guide has ever met. Off to study politics at university, he hoped to be a parliamentary adviser and broadcast journalist, and we have no doubt he will achieve his ambitions.

The college was set up as a grammar school, but now has the academic profile of a comprehensive. It is the only school in the country that can offer 24 A level subjects taught by teachers qualified in visual impairment. It will run courses for one person, and ‘if someone had a good reason for studying, say, Mandarin, we’d buy in a teacher for two years. They wouldn’t be able to learn...

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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
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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