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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Norton College Worcester use a variety of packages, flexible to student’s needs and learning styles.
This includes SAM Learning, Oak Academy and BKSB as online educational platforms. These are accessible from a computer, tablet and smart phone. We can offer a laptop as a loan for students who do not have access to one of these devices.
For our students who find this form of education difficult we have the ability to offer socially distanced door step visits with the addition of paper packs of work.
Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home
A student’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?
Initially our Teachers/Tutors will be in touch to inform the students who has been allocated to deliver and monitor their remote learning. They will be introduced to SAM Learning, the Oak Academy and if necessary the assessment tool via BKSB.
Your child can login to SAM Learning at www.samlearning.com
Our Centre ID is WR5NC
User IDs are ‘Date of Birth and Initials’ e.g. 300507DB.
Passwords can be reset on request
Teachers/Tutor will set tasks for students to complete on SAM Learning, they can also access a wealth of independent learning tasks in addition to the set work.
Teachers/Tutors can also introduce the students to the Microsoft TEAMS platform that enables video conference lessons between them and staff.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. These will be delivered via SAM Learning, Oak Academy, BKSB and video conference lessons. We may have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, many more self studying work and review activities will be set on SAM Learning.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students broadly the following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year. We will set up to 6 hours’ worth of work for students per day, where appropriate for the needs of our students. This will include SAM Learning and Oak activities, video conferencing sessions and independent studying activities.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
SAM Learning provides online ‘Review and Assessment’ – with thousands of activities across all subjects at KS1, KS2, KS3 and GCSE: www.samlearning.com
Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources, backed by the Government. Its online classroom offers access to delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets: www.thenational.academy
BKSB is a global leader in the creation of EdTech products which improve English and maths skills. Their solutions are designed to meet the GCSE and Functional Skills criteria: www.bksb.co.uk
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We offer a lending service on a number of laptops to enable students without access the ability to get online and to complete remote learning tasks and video conferencing lessons.
We can post out or hand deliver appropriate work books and work packs to our students who prefer not to study via the computer or internet. These will be sent with a prepaid return envelope or will be collected by staff on their next door step visit. This work will be checked, marked and feedback given to students.
Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We understand the complex needs of our students and will factor this in to our expectations for each individual. We will match staff to students who clearly support them to participate in all of the activates. If students engage positively with our remote learning package they gain access to our College reward system.
We expect students to work with us to overcome any barriers that they may have learning in this way.
Our expectation of parents/carers is that they take an active role in supporting our students to access and complete the remote learning. We will communicate regularly with them to share progress and any concerns.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
For activities set on SAM Learning we monitor twice a week that students have engaged and completed their work set by their teachers on SAM Learning; we check in the middle of the week and at the end of the week. If the student has not engaged with their learning a member of staff will contact the student to help.
For live video lessons feedback will be given to the student during the session and if required shared with parents via email.
For work packs sent the student they will contain a prepaid return envelope for the work to be returned in by the end of the week. This work will then be checked and marked and a follow up phone call to parents will be completed.
Additional support for students with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some students, for example some students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those students.
“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
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.What we offer