New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
NCW is residential school and college, providing accommodation for students from all over the UK or overseas, who board either full time or weekly - with a few students who attend daily. There are a number of residential buildings in the grounds of the campus where students live, with a separate main school building, leisure block and swimming pool.
The Junior Houses
We have three Junior Houses for students in Year 7-11, each with several bedrooms. Each one has dedicated residential staff, led by Senior House parent who lives on site. The Houses have a study room, sitting room and communal kitchen areas which are homely and welcoming, and are often alive with parties, theme nights and birthday celebrations.
The Junior Houses are named after former Heads of NCW - Bradnack House, Peggy Markes House and Dorothy McHugh House (affectionately known as Bradnack,Peggies and Dots!). The houses are mixed, with separate sleeping corridors for boys and girls and mixed over school years.
During the week, breakfast is taken in the house - much like breakfast would be in any busy household. Everyone participates with getting breakfast and residents to the table before a busy day at school. Lunch and evening meals during the week is in the dining room, which is in a separate building on the campus, accessible from the houses and the main school building.
At weekends, all meals are taken in the houses.
For school trips or activities away from the campus, packed lunches are provided.
Keeping in touch
We encourage constant links with home and students can visit home or have parents stay for the weekend, whenever they wish. There is a limited amount of good value accommodation available to parents on site. We also have an extended ‘home weekend’ every half term for students in Year 7 to 9, so that they can enjoy a full weekend at home with their family.
Boarding can be daunting, so our care staff take time to nurture the happiness, health and welfare of every student. Most students settle quickly, but a counsellor and student supporters offer a sympathetic ear whenever it is needed. House parents provide great support to the students, and are in close contact with parents.
“Students here are never the odd one out, because others know exactly what they are going through. You see them relax into being themselves.”
Alan Drabwell, Houseparent
Sixth Form Accommodation
In the sixth form, students are encouraged to be more independent and prepare for transition to the next phase of their lives beyond NCW.
There are two houses for senior students. The sixth form hostel is set out into flats, much like University Halls of Residence. Students, with the support of their key worker, prepare their own meals, do their own laundry and ironing and practice other day to day independent living skills.
For those needing a higher level of support, Fletcher House offers a safe environment for those who are less confident in their independent living skills to develop.
The sixth form residential staff work closely with the students, parents and teaching staff to support the students on their journey to independence.