New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
01905 763933

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Who we are

We are a national residential school and college for young people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or partially sighted.

Every student at NCW has a tailored programme, carefully planned and delivered to meet their individual needs in three key areas; academic achievement, independent living skills and involvement in extracurricular activities at the College and in the community.

The opportunities provided to students in these three areas of provision play a crucial role in the development of confidence and self-esteem and preparation for life beyond our College.

Nic Ross - Principal

Nicki Ross - Principal

About Us

New College Worcester provides:

  • Academic focus for students with a visual impairment
  • Expert subject teachers qualified to teach the visually impaired
  • A ‘Waking Day’ curriculum – learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day
  • An individualised approach for every student
  • An ethos which puts students first
  • A robust safeguarding environment
  • Increased student employability through academic achievement and social skills
  • High aspirations for every person
  • Outreach Service offering training and advice to mainstream settings

The College prides itself on:

  • Providing opportunity for the academically gifted
  • Maximising educational outcomes for all visually impaired children
  • Fitting each student with skills for life that result in them being independent, self-confident and able to lead productive and fulfilled lives

The College accepts students with a wide range of visual impairments and some students have additional needs such as a hearing impairment, Asperger’s Syndrome or have limited mobility. Places are usually funded by the student’s Local Authority.

NCW Students have a wide range of academic ability following the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, following onto GCSEs and AS/A2 courses. The College offers some entry level and vocational courses in key stage 4 and 5 and some 6th formers follow vocational programmes at a local college supported by NCW staff. Students also have Independent Living Skills (ILS), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mobility, Braille and PE lessons, and some students follow ASDAN courses (personal, social and communication skills).

Accommodation for years 7 to 11 is in one of three junior houses, each with several bedrooms, dedicated residential staff, a study room, sitting room and communal kitchen – staying as full or weekly boarders, or attending daily. Once in sixth form students in the sixth form house or hostel are encouraged to be self-sufficient and independent, in preparation for their journey beyond NCW.

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