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National Star College
Services and organisations that have the Local Offer flash have filled out inclusion information, meaning that they meet the needs of people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Out of County Specialist Provision

We are an outstanding (CQC 2018, Ofsted 2018) specialist college providing personalised learning and transition services for people with disabilities.

We work with learners with complex physical, learning, sensory and communication difficulties and acquired disabilities.

We offer full and part time, day and residential places, 37-52 week places, focusing on transition and achieving individual goals. Our college is a vibrant, inclusive and active environment – learners 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
Contact position
Admissions Team
01242 527631

Where to go

National Star College
GL53 9QU

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Assessment required.
Costs are assessed on an individual basis


Age ranges
From 16 years to 25 years
Referral required

Inclusion details

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How we make our service inclusive

All learner 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, specialist equipment where necessary.

All college transport is accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

Staff SEND experience

All teachers hold teaching qualifications

Personalised Learning Coordinators hold teaching qualifications (minimum CTLLs)

All therapists are qualified and registered in their own particular disciplines

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

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 ABI and other specialist training.

How our service supports providers / schools / colleges

We have a marketing department who attend open evenings and transition events. Schools and other professionals are welcome to organise a visit to National Star College by contacting Sue Hawkins on 01242 527631.

Support at key transition points

Prospective learners are encouraged to attend a college visit with their parents/carers.

Learners are offered a multi-disciplinary residential overnight assessment  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/carers.

Parents are given contact details in college and frequency and method of communication is agreed at admission.

We have a transition team comprising of a careers advisor and housing specialist who work with learners and their Personalised Learning Coordinators to plan for their future living and occupational destinations.

We have outstanding multi-disciplinary support, assistive technologies and equipment plus excellent facilities. These include sensory, therapeutic, residential and supported work environments. Our charity also supports learners with longer term accommodation and occupation options. Contact us for a visit to find out more or visit our website

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.

Other local or national support

Please call our friendly admissions team on 01242 527631 or email

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

We have a robust compliments and complaints procedure and a Whistle Blowing policy.

Last updated: 01/04/2019

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