Vision and Ethos

"Transforming the lives of Young People with Special Needs Through Collaboration, Innovation, Partnership and Celebration."


Newfriars College provides outstanding education, care and specialist support for young people aged 16 – 25 with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities. We currently have 155 students on roll. The College provides a highly differentiated programme of study for young people with flexible, bespoke and personalised courses which allow our students to develop skills which will help them to prepare for adulthood, access the wider community, develop independent living skills and move into further education or employment. We offer a holistic learning environment with specially trained staff and resources to best support the needs of our young people. We continuously strive to “Transform the lives of Young People with Special Needs through Collaboration, Innovation, Partnership and Celebration”.

Our vision is to be a world-class centre of academic, personal and social achievement, where staff work together to ensure students receive the highest standards of education and care, and the best people want to come to learn, work and research.

Our Values which underpin everything that we do are to be:

Safe, Inclusive, Compassionate, Innovative and Improving.

We aim to:

•Provide an outstanding educational experience for students with special educational needs by continually building on the expertise and experience of the staff.

•Provide a welcoming college in a happy and supportive environment for each student where individual achievement, success and the joy of learning is celebrated by staff working as a team for the well-being of all.

•Enabling each student to develop a positive sense of worth and self-esteem by nurturing their skills in vocational and leisure activities to increase their capacity and capability to build bridges overcome barriers and live and work as adults within our society.

•Enabling each student to achieve their full potential by providing a challenging, self- motivating and encouraging broad and balanced curriculum that is continuously, thoroughly and systematically assessed, but tailored to the individual need of each student.

•Creating a caring environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and each individual valued for their own unique talents.

 We will:

•Provide a positive ethos that is supportive, challenging and inclusive for all members of the college community.

•Create a pleasant physical environment, enabling all students to succeed.

•Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is appropriate to the needs of all students.

•Ensure that students feel safe, secure, and valued.

•Enable all students to make a positive contribution.

•Prepare and encourage students in the transition from college to adulthood


"I lead a committed and very skilled staff team who provide high quality, exciting and engaging learning opportunities for our incredible  learners.
We aim to help our learners to grow and develop into responsible young adults.
 Our leaners impress us daily with their talents and achievements and always set an example to us all with their determination and positive attitudes."