New College Worcester

NCW is a residential special school for children and young people who are blind or vision impaired
Year 8 student in science
The logo of New College Worcester S41 status


New College Worcester
Whittington Road
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    11 – 19
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General Description

New College Worcester (NCW) is a national residential School and College for young people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or vision impaired.

Every student has an individually tailored programme in 3 key areas: academic achievement, independent living skills and extracurricular activities. These opportunities play a crucial role in the development of confidence and self-esteem and preparation for life beyond our college. Our Outcomes, Wellbeing and Learning (OWL) philosophy provides the daily focus for life at NCW.

We take students with a wide range of visual impairments and some students have additional needs such as a hearing impairment, Asperger’s Syndrome or have limited mobility.

Catchment Area

Students come from around the UK and are funded by their own local authority. We also take privately funded students from the UK and around the World.


At NCW students have a wide range of academic ability. They can follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, following onto GCSE and A Level courses. We also offer some entry level and vocational courses in key stages 4 and 5. Students also have Independent Living Skills (ILS), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), mobility and Braille lessons. We also provide ASDAN courses (personal, social and communication skills) for some students. All pupils partake in a range of physical education lessons, and participation in sports is encouraged both in the College and the community.

Specialist Facilities

All teachers are subject specialists, as well as qualified teachers for the visually impaired (QTVI), who have a flair for developing self-esteem. They give our students the individual attention, in small class sizes, that is so important to help them do well academically. Academic facilities include a Learning Resource Centre with a library, three ICT rooms, five science laboratories, a Music Centre and a range of dedicated subject classrooms.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Emotional difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Comprehensive support in the learning and use of Braille and/or Moon
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • A performing arts curriculum
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
  • > Our specialist services

    • Residential provision linked to the academic year
    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Sessions to improve posture and mobility
    • In-house medical provision
    • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
    • In-house nursing services

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The S41 symbol next to most of the colleges in the directory means that they are on the Secretary of State’s Approved List.

This 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.