Here at Norton College, our mission is to give the most challenged and challenging children and young people the educational, social and vocational skills they need to be able to integrate into societyFind Out More
By transforming the nature and look of a learning establishment, transforming the way we deliver the curriculum, and transforming the way we deal with the students, we expect to transform the outcomes.Take The Tour
By building their confidence and encouraging them to try new things, we aim to inspire students to achieve what they had previously thought to be unachievable. We pride ourselves on providing a range of learning styles for our students that suits their needs and best prepares them for a positive and purposeful future. We teach both academic and vocational subjects underpinned by those crucial skills such as resilience and tolerance. Our teaching is in a range of styles from 1:1 tuition through to traditional classroom-based activities using a wide range of approaches.
We are very much aware that behaviour is often locational and that previous behaviours might have been a reaction by the student to the situation or circumstances they found themselves in at the time. Therefore, by removing the barriers to learning, we have created a positive and purposeful atmosphere. This nurturing atmosphere is fundamental to raising students’ outcomes and has been successful in removing unacceptable behaviours that our students had previously displayed.
Norton College is a fresh start for all students, we will never refer to previous poor behaviour and will treat all young people with respect and in the manner that they deserve.
We pride ourselves on creating a happy and relaxed atmosphere where students are able to develop their personalities with confidence and openness.
Created by the Headteacher, Ian Hardicker, who is now in his 20th year leading similar special schools, our philosophy is ably supported by current pedagogical thinking and a dedicated staff who are committed to improving the outcomes for each individual student.
We provide a range of learning styles for our students ranging from traditional classroom-based activities through to a whole range of practical and vocational opportunities. Find out more.
We design bespoke learning packages around both academic and vocational subjects based around the young person’s aims and aspirations. These learning packages are sufficiently flexible in order to accommodate individual learning styles for the students. Find out more.
The Norton College facility is a converted factory, office space and land, that has been transformed into a bespoke learning environment. We aim to provide some of the best academic and vocational facilities in the country for the young people we support. Find out more.
Our trained staff will collect students in the morning to bring them to College, and safely drop them home at the end of the day. Not only does this have a dramatic impact on attendance, but it also enables staff to meet with parents twice daily, chat to students en route, and prepare them for a day of learning. Find out more.
Where necessary, we also provide tailor made home study packages that enable youngsters with issues around social integration to receive their entitlement in the security of their home. We work closely with these students to build their confidence and enable them to access the community. Find out more.
We also have extensive links with local mainstream Colleges and training providers that enable us to enhance the students experiences and not only introduce them to new skills but also to allow them to experience a wider social setting in preparation for their future placements. Find out more.
It is important to note that Norton College does not have any association with Holistic Education Therapy (HET). Any reference to Norton College on the HET is website is NOT authorised and is not compatible with the ethos and philosophy of Norton College.