TEWKESBURY
WORCESTER

NORTON
COLLEGE
WORCESTER

Here at Norton College Worcester, we support young people who are not able to benefit from mainstream education by removing the barriers to learning. Instead, we provide tailored learning packages designed to meet their specific and unique needs.

We work with young people with challenging behaviours (SEMH) from 11-19 years old, who have had unsuccessful educational experiences in the past. We have 66,000 square feet of previously-used factory space, office space and land that has been converted into a bespoke learning environment, that includes the following areas:

  • Teaching and Learning Hub

    Our Learning Centre is a calm environment, used for one-to-one Mathematics and English tuition.

    Students work on a one-to-one basis with a Teacher/Tutor focusing on Mathematics and English from Entry Level 1, 2 & 3, Level 1 & 2 and GCSE qualifications. This is incentivised by our Student Reward system where students can earn pocket money for their achievements and engagement in core lessons.

    Learning is set at the student’s own pace and style and focuses first on improving self-confidence with aspects of learning.

    Staff are highly experienced with working with young people who find formal learning challenging and are skilled at finding a way that works for each individual.

    Other on-site lessons include PSHE, RE, Well-being and Drama.

  • Vocational Hub

    Our  Vocational Hub supports the delivery of a wide range of Vocational subjects including Painting and Decorating, Woodwork, Bricklaying and Plastering.

    For many of our students, especially those who have struggled in formal classrooms, English and Mathematics, core skills will be incorporated into this ‘hands on’ approach to learning.

    Qualifications are tailored to meet the needs of the students and vary from OCN Entry Level to BTEC Level 1 Construction. We also facilitate our young people accessing CSCS Card training.

  • Music Hub

    Norton College Worcester has two exciting dedicated Music Rooms.

    The Music Recording Studio is used to engage and inspire students who may be reluctant to participate in English activities. Composing music and writing lyrics can be a far more creative way to develop English skills.

    The Performance Room is where the students have the ability to learn to play traditional instruments such as guitars and drums.

    We recognise music as an important method for re-engaging students who have struggled in more traditional educational settings.

  • Science Hub

    Our Science Suite includes two Labs and a Learning Space where students can focus on engaging in Science through practical exploration, as well as working towards Entry Level and GCSE Science qualifications.

    The focus is in practical and investigative activities and include Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

    Science lessons can also be undertaken in the natural environment, including lakes, our allotment, fishing pools, woodlands, and the area local to the College.

  • Catering Hub

    Our modern Catering Hub offers excellent facilities for our students to not only indulge in the creation of their favourite foods but also discover new flavours and ideas from around the world. This allows them to express their own individuality whilst gaining qualifications for those students who wish to pursue catering and hospitality as a career.

    Teaching can be done on a one-to-one basis or within a group. This can be a positive opportunity for students to develop communication skills with peers through collaborative activities.

    We offer BTEC Catering qualifications that can be a stepping stone into a career and importantly promote independence skills.

  • Specialist bespoke Hubs

    There are two bespoke Hubs dedicated to meeting the complex needs of youngsters with Autism and other associated special needs.

    These ‘units’ include social areas for discussions and debates. Students can also access quiet areas for gaming on computers or more traditional entertainment, such as table top games and complex problem solving activities. They also include areas for accessing English and Mathematics, these can be used by the young people at times when they feel they need to be away from the full college environment.

  • Sport and Leisure Hub

    A large area of Norton College Worcester is dedicated to Sports facilities. There are two large sports halls for tennis, badminton, basketball and 5-aside football.

    We have a dedicated gym where students can access cardio machines, free weights, resistant based equipment, with supervision.

    Together with Norton College Tewkesbury, we team up for larger sporting activities on a regular basis.

    With all of our facilities, students have the opportunity to work towards BTEC Sport qualifications.

  • Art Hub

    We have an exciting Art Hub where students can express their creative abilities and desires. We have large wall spaces specifically designated for students to customise. Students can access a variety of mediums such as messy paint, fine art, graffiti, producing 3D sculptures and table top designing.

    In addition we offer innovative animation and digital art opportunities.

    Students can access art for relaxation, as well as completing OCN, GCSE and BTEC qualifications.

  • Outdoor learning

    We recognise key benefits of students experiencing and learning in the ‘outdoor classroom’. We offer students opportunities to learn outside of College, including on farms, woodlands and fishing lakes.

     

    Woodlands

    Our woodlands give students the opportunity to experience and interact with nature in a safe, nurturing environment while building confidence and self-esteem.
    Activities range from: Tracking and trailing, plant and animal ID, building campfires and cooking outdoors, shelter building, basic tool use and team building.

     

    Off-site Farm

    The students have the option to attend a fully working farm where they are able to interact and care for the animals on-site including sheep, horses and cattle. Students can use these tasks to complete various Animal Care qualifications via City and Guilds.

     

    Duke of Edinburgh

    We have further expanded this approach to now offer students the opportunity of working towards Duke of Edinburgh qualifications.

  • Community Learning

    We place a significant emphasis on Community Learning and developing key ‘real life’ skills so our students have the opportunity to experience shopping trips, restaurants, cinema and access to public transport so they can develop positive communication and social traits.

    We offer the opportunity to participate in local community projects such as fayres and expeditions.

    When students have engaged in their core learning, they can also access activities such as: adventure playgrounds, sailing and kayaking, bowling, the arcade, trampolining, swimming, pool and snooker, beauty sessions such as nails; golfing range and horse riding.

  • Outreach Programme

    For those students who struggle to access on-site education, we offer an Outreach programme to help remove the barriers to learning with dedicated home tutors.

    This can include home visits or meeting in the local community to build relationships and trust between our tutors and students.

  • Post 16 Offer

    We support our students in becoming as independent as possible whilst meeting their specific needs. We plan to provide a safe bridge between college life and preparing for adulthood. Success in the Post 16 provision can look different for each student, as we provide personal transition plans to increase confidence and relieve anxieties towards their futures. We aim to reduce their need for adult support in learning and life skills, so that they will be able to function more independently as they grow.

    Post 16 provision is tailored to the students age, aptitude and ability. College creates an individual bespoke programme that takes into account students interests and levels, allowing them to try new activities in a supported environment. The Post 16 provision offers students the opportunity to carry on with their academic studies, along with a work experience placement, link days to local mainstream colleges or training providers and continued access to IAG (Information, advice and guidance).

    Students can access qualifications from Entry 3 to Level 1 in Employability and Development Skills in the form of an Award, Certificate or Diploma. Students can also complete a Level 2 Award in Employability.

    When a student is ready to move on from Norton College Tewkesbury, they are highly supported in their next step to give them the best chance of success upon leaving. Our experienced college staff proactively liaise with employers, future destinations, parents/carers, LA’s and relevant agencies to find an appropriate opportunity which matches their interests. We are proud of the excellent progress our students make when they leave us and this is recognised in the high percentage of students that enter further employment, education or training.

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Therapeutic environment

“We create an atmosphere of trust where students are able to gain confidence and develop their characters in a constructive and personable manner.”

Ian Hardicker, Founder, Norton College

Bespoke learning packages

We create bespoke learning programmes based around a student’s aims and aspirations to engage them purposefully in their learning and improve their outcomes. At Norton College Worcester, our bespoke learning packages are designed around both academic and vocational subjects and are flexible to accommodate individual learning styles for each student. Students will also experience and consolidate the many ‘soft skills’ or ‘character skills’ that are crucial for successful adulthood.

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