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News: Stapleford opens its doors to visitors

Pupils from Foxwood Academy try their hand at yoga
Pupils from Foxwood Academy try their hand at yoga

We welcomed more than 70 visitors to our Stapleford campus on 13th March as part of our Open Day event to highlight our supported learning courses and facilities on offer for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (SLDD).

Attendees included staff and pupils from four local schools, including Long Eaton Academy and Trinity Catholic School, as well as special schools, Foxwood Academy and Bracken Hill.

Student ambassadors did a brilliant job showing visitors round the campus, and staff showcased the facilities by organising some fantastic hands-on activities for everyone to get involved in, including: photography, archery, drama, arts & crafts, baking and yoga.

It’s been great for our young people to come and look round the College. Some of the group are at the stage of making the transition from school so they really benefit from visits like this, especially together as a group because they can discuss it all together. They’ve had a lovely time trying new things, and the staff and students were so helpful and friendly.

- Janet Smith, a teacher from Foxwood Academy
Lecturer Sally Hardwick with Entry 3 Advanced student Beth Dunks-Hopper during a Maths workshop

The College’s supported learning courses help young people aged between 16 and 24 to increase their confidence, self-awareness and independence. They also improve personal learning skills, independent living skills, as well as support students if they wish to progress onto higher level courses, which could include supported internships, employability or other courses at the College.

Mark Johnson, Nottingham College Faculty Area Manager – SLDD, said: “It was wonderful to see so many young people, parents and teachers here for our Open Day.

“As a mainstream College it is our aim to give young people with additional needs the skills they need to tackle the world around us with confidence and enthusiasm. We want them to enjoy their experiences and to be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

“I hope by meeting our friendly and experienced staff, and by taking a look round our specialist resources, they will consider joining us for the next stage of their journey.”

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  • 15th March 2019 (3:53 PM)
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