National Star College (Cheltenham)

We are an outstanding (CQC 2015, Ofsted 2012) specialist college providing personalised learning and transition services for people with disabilities.

We work with students with complex physical, learning, sensory and communication difficulties, and acquired disabilities. We offer full and part-time, day and residential places, 36 to 52-week places, focusing on transition and achieving individual goals.

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.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Admissions Team
Telephone
E-mail
admissions@natstar.ac.uk
Website
National Star College website

Where to go

Name
National Star College, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 9QU
Address
Nationwide
Venue Notes

Our main campus is situated in 70 acres of stunning Gloucestershire countryside. In addition to our facilities at Ullenwood we have satellite residences located in Gloucester and Cheltenham. We also have provisions in Hereford and Wales, both of which are day provision only. We are a national and International provider.

The National Star College has many years experience of working with people with limited mobility. Approximately 75% of learners are wheelchair users. All student areas are accessible for people who use wheelchairs including a ramped stage, hoists in some class rooms and in all accommodation areas, high low tables in most areas, and specialist equipment where necessary. All college transport is accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

Geographic Area Covered
National

Time / Date Details

When is it on
We are a 36 and 52 week a year provider
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Session Information
Day students usually attend from 9:30am to 4:30pm or 10am to 3pm depending on their programme, however start and/or finish times can be flexible if needs require this.
Residential students have an integrated programme with learning, support and therapy spread across 7 days.

Other Details

Age Ranges
16 to 25 years

Local Offer

Description

We have outstanding multi-disciplinary support, assistive technologies and equipment, plus excellent facilities. These include sensory, therapeutic, residential and supported work environments.

We use a variety of communication and engagement support methods. These are embedded across the curriculum and throughout the learners’ day to day activities and include, Intensive Interaction, Makaton, PECS, Visual Timetable, Objects of Reference, AAC devices, Tablets and other assistive technology, specialist support from Speech and Language therapy, IT access and technical support for communication devices.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend a college visit day with their parents. Students are offered a multi-disciplinary assessment with their parents or main carer where they have the opportunity to meet with a variety of members of the college team. Learners are inducted into college over a number of days and careful consideration is given to the views and wishes of them and their parents.
Parents are given contact details in college and frequency and method of communication is agreed at admission. We also support and facilitate an active Parent and Carer Forum within the college. 

Contact Name
Admissions Team
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
admissions@natstar.ac.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
19 to 25
Needs Level
Sensory and Physical Needs
Communication and Interaction
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
Cognition and Learning

General Local Offer Response

How can children and young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?

Prospective learners are encouraged to attend a college visit day with their parents. To book a visit to National Star please phone the admissions team on 01242 527631.

Learners are offered a multi-disciplinary assessment day with their parents or main carer where they have the opportunity to meet with a variety of members of the college team.

 Learners are inducted into college over a number of days and careful consideration is given to the views and wishes of them and their parents. Parents are given contact details in college and frequency and method of communication is agreed at admission.

How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families, for example, facilities, support from staff?

National Star College has many years’ experience of working with people with limited mobility. Approximately 75% of learners are wheelchair users. All student areas are accessible for people who use wheelchairs including a ramped stage, hoists in some class rooms and in all accommodation areas, high low tables in most areas, and specialist equipment where necessary. All college transport is accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

We use a variety of communication and engagement support methods. These are embedded across the curriculum and throughout the learners’ day to day activities and include Intensive Interaction, Makaton, PECS, Visual Timetable, Objects of Reference, AAC devices, Tablets and other assistive technology, specialist support from Speech and Language therapy, IT access, and technical support for communication devices.

We offer information and advice and guidance using a number of different media and in different formats. Our website offers a good starting point and will signpost prospective students and their parents or carers to other sources of information.

How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?

Learners are empowered to be involved in all aspects of the organisation. We have an active Student Union, student parliament and two student governors. 

What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

All staff are trained in Safeguarding, Safer Working Practice, Health & Safety, Equality and Diversity, Moving and Handling and where necessary, Team Teach, Autism, Working with people with Acquired Brain Injuries, and other specialist training.

National Star also employs specialist staff, listed below.

Education:

  • All teachers hold teaching qualifications.
  • Personal Learning Coordinators hold teaching qualifications (minimum CTLLs).

Therapy:

  • All therapists are qualified and registered in their own particular disciplines.
  • We employ a large team of therapists, comprised of physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, music therapists, a drama therapist, a psychologist, behavioural specialists, and therapy assistants.

Care:

  • All residential (care) staff hold a Diploma in Health and Social Care (or equivalent) at level 2 or above, or are working to achieve this.

Health:

  • 24 hour specialist nurses are assigned to each residence, and are available if needed to all day and residential students.
  • A twice weekly GP service is available on our main college site.
  • We offer Designated Person training to staff, which enables non nursing registered staff to administer medication following extensive training.

 

 

Last Updated
24/01/2020

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