6th Dec, 2016

Disabled students give Coventry's Hereward College top marks in survey

Coventry Editorial 20th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DISABLED students at a Coventry college have given it top marks in a national survey.

Hereward College, off Bramston Crescent in Tile Hill, has been rated first in a national student review for teaching quality, work experience, employment skills and careers advice.

The college, which caters for young people with disabilities and additional needs, was also ranked second for support, learning facilities and practical learning.

The yearly review is run by LOOP, a student driven review and ratings site, which benchmarked Hereward’s results against 16 other schools and colleges, across the country.

Praising the college, one student said: “Teachers are understanding and take our individual needs into consideration – lessons are based on what you can do rather than what you can’t and activities are adapted so that everyone can join in – where this be for visual impairment, physical/mobility issues or any cognitive/emotional needs.”

Another said: “The college is a very warm and welcoming environment with lots of resources and equipment to help me do my best in every subject.

A different student wrote: “One of the best things about Hereward is the emotional support, the mentors are excellent and always here for you – you are treated more like a family here.”

Commenting on the praise, vice principal of student independence and progression, Jon Clugston, said: “Student feedback is incredibly important to us at Hereward and we have worked with LOOP over the past few years to ensure we are providing exactly what our students want and need both in and out of college.

“LOOP’s approach is also invaluable to our learners as the training it provides equips them with the skills to give constructive feedback on their learning experience.”

Hereward is a further education college for young people with disabilities and additional needs.

It offers specialist facilities for both day and residential learners as well as respite care breaks for 16 to 25 year olds.