National Star College

About National Star

Founded in 1967, National Star is a National charity that prepares young people with disabilities for adulthood and supports them to realise their aspirations. With world–class learning it provides via an Ofsted outstanding college to specialist therapies, residential services, work based training, social enterprises and work in the wider community, the charity is driven by its vision for a world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives.

Rated “Outstanding” by both Ofsted & CQC and Winner of the TES Sen Award for “Outstanding Specialist Provider” 2019

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01242 527 631 01242 527 631
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National Star College
National Star College
Ullenwood Manor Road
GL53 9QU
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National Star creates stimulating and vibrant environments where young people and adults with disabilities are given the skills, opportunities and confidence they need to live their lives independently and to the full.

They also become fully involved in making decisions about things that affect them – and all of us. Together we campaign to help break down the barriers they face in environments, attitudes and organisations so they can participate as equal and active citizens.

We’re here to help you create your brighter future. Whether you want to discover more about the world around you, actively contribute to the community or gain a job or voluntary role after college, National Star is the place for you.

With campuses in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wales you can learn with us on a full or part–time basis as a residential or day student, depending upon where you live.

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ National Star student. We celebrate the diversity of all learners, who bring something vibrant and special to college. We work with young people with a range of complex and multiple learning and physical disabilities, so we know you’ll fit right in and soon see National Star College as your ‘home from home’.


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Referral not required
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  • Aquatic therapy
  • Sensory therapy, Drama therapy, Music therapy, Play therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Positive behaviour support
  • Rebound therapy
  • Respiratory support and management
  • Speech and language therapy


With just 150 students and just under 1000 staff we are able to provide exceptional and unrivalled levels of support to meet the most complex needs. Our team includes educators, tutors, therapists, medical and support staff and we are able to provide 1:1, 2:1 or more 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Staff Qualifications

All of our staff are fully qualified with nationally and internationally recognised qualifications related to their specialist fields. In addition all or care and support staff receive rigorous in-house training (3 weeks) from our nationally recognised team and hold or are working toward a level 2 qualification. Furthermore all qualifications for all staff must be current and each member is required to update these regularly through online and face to face training and mandated hours of CPD annually.

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