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By Nicki Ross, Principal

Blog published 19th September 2017 | Category: New College Worcester

Principal’s Blog - Autumn 2017

I am now in my third term as Principal at New College Worcester, and every single day brings with it fresh challenges, new successes and great excitement. As we enter a new academic year with a fresh faced Year 7 and other new starters around the College, it seems opportune to share some of my thoughts.

A main priority for this year is that all our students make progress in their learning and that we accurately measure that progress. Many of our wonderful students have had huge challenges to overcome before they reach NCW. Many have missed schooling due to ill health or fallen behind as they struggle to find a medium of work that is manageable. Each child is an individual and we are committed to each and every one of them making positive progressive steps in their learning whatever their starting levels with us – whether they have fallen behind or are already flying high. Our new tracking system will help us to do this.

Good mental health remains of the highest priority. We continue to strengthen our ‘whole College’ approach to the mental health of our students across the residential setting, the learning environment and the health care team. This ensures that we are promoting mental wellbeing across campus, that we are alert to the issues affecting young people and that we have appropriate and timely interventions prepared in readiness for when we need them.

A third focus is one of modernisation, and to ensure that our buildings, learning resources and facilities are fit for the 21st Century. With the exciting openings this term of a new Technology Innovation Hub in association with Fujitsu and a contemporary new fitness centre on site, plus the provision of six new en-suite bathrooms in our Sixth Form Hostel and a refurbished dining room, I am so excited about the possibilities. We are committed to significant investment over the coming months and years to ensure that our classrooms are fit for purpose, our technology for visually impaired young people is the best available and our residential accommodation is the best it can be.

As I approach the end of my first year, it reminds me that none of us ever stops learning. I have learnt so much over these last months and will continue to do so every single day in my endeavour to lead NCW towards its goals. Those goals are to provide our young people with the very highest standard of education, to give them the best preparation for life as adults and to ensure they have the happiest social experiences whilst they are with us. They deserve nothing less.

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