New College Worcester

New College Worcester, Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2JX
01905 763933
Σ30,395-Σ43,650 (Day), Σ43,675-Σ55,075 (Boarding), Σ38,150-Σ50,480 (Weekly)
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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.

Principal: Mrs Mardy Smith, in post from 2005. Teaching staff: 33 full time, plus a number of part time and 35 care staff. All teaching staff are experienced teachers in their own subject, who have qualified to teach the visually impaired; care staff also have specialist qualifications.
GCSE: 11 pupils in upper fifth, most gaining at least grade C in 8+ subjects (60% included English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels: 25 in upper sixth, almost all passing in 3+ subjects with an average final point score of 310.
95% of leavers go on to degree courses (5% after a gap year).
Athletics, swimming, football, cricket, goalball, dance, trampoline compulsory; additional options of canoeing, cycling/tandeming, skiing, archery, horse riding, bowling, climbing, ice skating, water skiing. BAGA, RLSS, ASA and BTF exams may be taken. Also bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Varied clubs eg choir, chess, craft, swimming, radio, aerobics.
Family units in five boarding houses, mostly new and purpose-built. 10-14 to each house, with a choice of mixed or single-sex. Sixth-form hostel on the lines of a university student hostel. Daily living skills developed in the house and practised on a regular basis.
Former Students Association, c/o the college.