National Star College

Providing personalised learning and transition services for people with disabilities
National Star College
Ullenwood
Cheltenham
GL53 9QU
The logo of National Star College S41 status
  • Brief Description:
    Providing personalised learning and transition services for people with disabilities
  • Course Length:
    37 - 52 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Course Dates:
    Mainly September to July but may vary
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    175 full time students
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25 years. However, people of all ages access our services.
  • Other Locations:
    Various across England & Wales - see website

General Description

We are an outstanding specialist (CQC 2017, Ofsted 2018) college providing personalised learning and transition services for people with disabilities.

We work with learners with complex physical, learning, sensory and communication difficulties; and learners who have autism and acquired disabilities. Our therapeutic and specialist staff are able to support learners with complex health needs.

We offer full and part-time, day and residential places, focusing on transition and achieving individual outcomes. Our academic year is 37 weeks and we also offer respite services up to 52 weeks per year. Courses can be of 1, 2 or 3 years duration.

Our college is a vibrant, inclusive and active environment – students have a wide range of abilities, come to us from varied social and ethnic backgrounds and participate in a wide range of community activities.

We Offer:

  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with a wide range of physical disabilities
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with severe autism spectrum disorder
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with acquired brain injury
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with communication difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with multi-sensory impairment
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with behavioural difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with emotional difficulties

Curriculum

We offer individualised programmes which include life skills, personal development, therapy, health and wellbeing, independent living skills, work skills, functional skills (communication, English, Maths and ICT) and social learning opportunities.

All students gain from specialist information, advice and transition support. Learning pathways include Creative and Performing Arts, Media, Administration and IT, Customer Services, Community Programmes, Communication, Sport, Leisure and Recreation. Individualised programmes provide learner support from Pre-entry to Level 2.

We Offer:

  • A personal development programme
  • A transition programme into independent living
  • A transition programme into supported or open employment
  • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
  • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
  • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
  • Opportunities to experience real work situations
  • Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning

Specialist Facilities

We have outstanding multi-disciplinary support, assistive technologies, equipment plus excellent facilities. These include sensory, therapeutic, residential and supported work environments. Our charity also supports students with longer term accommodation and occupation options. Contact us for a visit and to find out more about life at National Star.

We Offer:

  • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
  • A range of therapeutic services
  • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
  • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
  • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
  • In-house nursing services
  • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year
  • Help with finding suitable long term provision

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Student getting work experience in StarBistro
Student in a lesson using their communicator
Student having a physiotherapy session
Students playing Boccia in the sports hall

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This new list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some parts of the Act apply to these independent institutions. This includes specialist colleges.