Welcome from the Head of College

Rob Millington

Welcome to Newfriars College.

Welcome to Newfriars College (formerly Blackfriars FE Academy).
Through these pages we hope you gain a flavour of what we have to offer. The pictures of the students certainly illustrate why I am so proud to be Head of such a fantastic college. We continuously strive to transform young people's lives through partnership, collaboration, enterprise and innovation. We always place families, children and young people at the heart of their decision-making and provide a personalised model of education and support which recognises and develops the whole individual.

We provide the best resources and specialist facilities for all our learners and have an excellent support network within the local area. This provides the College with many opportunities including transition routes into the wider community, supported work experience or specialist support from professionals in health and social care. Learning in the community and vocational education is extremely important and we are eager to successfully prepare our students for adulthood. We strive to promote independence, confidence, friendship and happiness.

We are a safe, caring and friendly community with an emphasis on academic success alongside personal and social development. The curriculum is tailored and personalised to the interests and abilities of each individual person and all of our learners are extremely well supported towards the next steps in their lives by a dynamic and highly skilled staff team. Active partnership and collaboration with parents/carers and our local community, ensure that all pupils can fulfil their potential and aspire to be the best they can be. The excellent staff team at the college have a desire to improve outcomes for young people with special needs and bridge the gap between college and the outside world.

I hope you find the website informative but please do come and make an appointment to visit the College. The atmosphere is truly exceptional due to the relentless commitment and motivation of our staff who aim to provide the best possible outcomes and opportunities for our inspirational students.

Rob Millington