Excited students from New City College are celebrating an early Christmas present today with the opening of their newly redeveloped teaching and learning accommodation at the college's Redbridge and Hackney campuses.
A £350k investment by the college across both campuses, located at Chadwell Heath and in Hoxton, has redeveloped and equipped the accommodation with the very highest spec teaching facilities for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
New facilities in the upgraded SEND learning accommodation includes training flats, a training café, new sensory rooms (both light and dark), wet rooms, break out and quiet spaces and new larger more spacious classrooms all equipped with new computers and IT.
170 students with a range of special educational needs, behavioural issues and disabilities including sensory impairments, autism and learning disabilities attend the college's two campuses.
Speaking at the launch, Narzny Khan, Deputy Principal and Director of SEND, New City College said:
This redevelopment offers our students the very highest facilities, which have been designed around their educational and social needs. It also gives their families the reassurance that their children will be able to thrive and grow in a safe and motivating environment designed solely for SEND students, whilst preparing them to integrate steadily into the college provision.
The curriculum offer includes pre-entry and entry level courses, where students can progress onto developing independent living skills, communication skills, life skills and developing independence. Some students are also undertaking employability courses and supported internships to give them experience of travelling to and from work, working in a variety of sectors and gaining full-time and paid work in a number of cases.?
SEND students, their parents and staff as well as special invited guests from the local authorities in both Redbridge and Hackney boroughs attended a launch party, with the food and refreshments specially prepared by the SEND students in their training kitchen.
Courses include from pre-entry and student's progress onto other courses, developing their life skills, communication and comprehension skills and independence, with some undertaking supported internships to give them experience of travelling to and from work, working and communicating with others.