New College Worcester
A national and international specialist school for blind or partially sighted students who are academically able to follow the national curriculum. It is now fully co-educational, having accepted girls since 1987. The school has a wide range of specialist facilities, including science laboratories, a gymnasium, drama studio, computer rooms, a swimming pool and a learning resources centre. Its aim is to prepare pupils academically and socially for adult life, so that they can take their place in society on equal terms with their sighted peers and with good self esteem and self confidence. In order to do this, the college aims to ensure that they reach their full academic potential and have the necessary skills to look after themselves. Living skills are put into practice in the residential houses under the guidance of a houseparent and, later in the sixth form hostel, on a more independent basis under the guidance of care tutors. Students ultimately take care of their own cooking, laundry and leisure time. There is a wide range of outdoor and leisure activities, encouraging pupils to develop a ‘can do’ approach.