National Star College

Providing personalised learning and transition services for people with disabilities
S41 status

Address:

National Star College
Ullenwood
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL53 9QU
  • Course Length:
    38 - 52 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
    Both
  • Course Dates:
    Various (mainly starting in September but flexible)
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    175 full time students
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25
  • Other Locations:
    National Star in Wales NP4 0HZ; National Star in Hereford HR4 0EH

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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.
  • Travel training programmes working in partnership with Local Authorities in East Sussex, Derbyshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire and in partnership with the Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner and BBC Children in Need.

Curriculum

  • National Star College provides specialised, innovative and engaging personalised programmes across our range of sites. Young people learn the skills for the next stage in 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.  
  •  We offer Creative and Performing Arts (Drama, Art, Ceramics, Music and Dance) and Sports and Multimedia. These subject areas may also be the means to develop the skills required for work. Young people can achieve accredited outcomes from Entry Level 1 to Level 2.
  •  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 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 a Hydrotherapy pool.

Other Information

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

Long term living

Respite

Activity Breaks & days

We also offer various training opportunities and courses for professionals.

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

  • > We Offer

    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with a wide range of physical disabilities
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with acquired brain injury
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with Asperger syndrome
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with severe autism spectrum disorder
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with behavioural difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with emotional difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with mental health needs
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with moderate learning difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with multi-sensory impairment
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with communication difficulties
  • > We Provide

    • A performing arts curriculum
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • Opportunities to attend local further education colleges with support
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
    • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
    • Comprehensive support in the learning and use of Braille and/or Moon
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
  • > We Have

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • In-house physiotherapy
    • In-house psychology services
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • In-house nursing services
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales

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