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National Star College

Personalised learning to prepare young people with disabilities to become more independent so they can make the most of their lives.
National Star students working in the kitchen at StarBistro
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National Star College
National Star, Ullenwood
GL53 9QU


  • National Star in Wales
    Caerleon House
    Mamhilad Park Estate
    NP4 9HZ
  • National Star at Hereford
    6 Harrow Road
    HR4 0EH
  • Course Length (weeks):
    37 - 52 weeks
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    Mainly September but flexible
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25


General Description

National Star are specialists working with young students with disabilities and learning difficulties, enabling them to achieve their aspirations in life. This includes young people with very complex needs and those who aspire to get a job. We offer full and part–time, residential and day courses at our campus in Gloucestershire and our sites in Hereford and Wales.

We also deliver high quality services, such as specialist therapies, long-term accommodation, respite and short breaks.

Our priority is to enable the young person to achieve their goals and enjoy being a student learning at National Star College.

The college is set up to meet the learning and development needs of young people with Complex and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, severe and Moderate Learning Difficulties and autism.  This is achieved through personalised learning programmes, incorporating therapy (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech, Drama & Music Therapy) and life skills (residential experience), delivered at the level most appropriate for the young person.

Catchment Area

National Star is a national provider of residential programmes for young people across the UK.  In addition, we offer day provision for local students in Gloucestershire, Hereford and Wales.

We also offer:

  • A variety of work skills programmes in London, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.


  • National Star College provides specialised, innovative and engaging personalised programmes across our range of sites. Young people learn the skills for the next stage of their life, whether this is stepping into the world of work, making a positive contribution in their community or engaging more with people and world around them.
  • For young people with the most complex needs, a sensory based curriculum offers the ideal opportunity to develop communication and interaction skills. Delivered by specialist tutors, with integrated therapy, ensuring young people are learning what is most important, at the time and place best suited to them.  
  • For Young people specifically looking to move into the world of work, there are Skills for Work Programmes, with work experience and placement opportunities forming an integral part of the programme. In addition, supported internships run across a range of locations.
  • English and Maths are embedded within all programmes and where appropriate delivered as discrete subjects, with accredited qualifications from Entry Level 1 to Level 2.
  • Developing the life skills to thrive in residential or supported living are a key focus of the curriculum, with opportunities to develop practical skills in a range of environments. This may include working with a therapist to develop your communication skills in the supermarket or learning to cook your evening meal. Preparing young people to become active citizens is supported through our Enrichment and Citizenship programme, such as short one-off events to international learning experiences.

Specialist Facilities

  • Fantastic facilities are available at our beautiful Ullenwood site, with specific, art and ceramic classrooms (including kiln), dance studio (including aerial rig), theatre, swimming pool, sport hall, specialist fitness suite and swimming pool. Onsite work opportunities include our StarBistro, Starprint, StarShop and Customer Services, all working with the general public, making the work experience very real.
  • National Star has a comprehensive range of therapy facilities including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, many different sensory spaces and rooms, including an aquatic therapy suite and rebound facility.

Other Information

Private therapy
- Speech & Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physiotherapy
- Creative Therapy (Music Therapy and Dramatherapy)

Long term living


Adult community learning

We also offer various training opportunities and courses for professionals.

Private hire of our meeting & conference facilities & our sports & leisure facilities

> Our expertise

> Our curriculum

> Our specialist services


National Star students working in the kitchen at StarBistro
National Star student using his communication device
National Star student using his communication device in a lesson
National Star students taking part in an expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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