Vulnerable and excluded pupils helped by Foundry CollegeBy Victoria Smith
March 05, 2012
A new college supporting Wokingham’s most vulnerable children is already receiving positive feedback from schools, pupils and parents.
Foundry College launched in September and is now supporting more than 300 pupils aged four to 16 with a variety of backgrounds, including youngsters with behavioural issues, victims of domestic violence and children who have been permanently excluded from school.
Councillor Rob Stanton, executive member for education services, said: “I am very pleased with the work that has already been done.”
The college was launched to merge the borough’s support services for vulnerable children to create one organisation overseeing their education.
A report on the college’s progress so far states there has already been good feedback about its work.
As well as helping pupils, the college works with families requiring extra support, providing counselling and support.
It is working with the Oakwood Challenge centre, an outdoor pursuits facility for young people, Bracknell and Wokingham College and the youth and community service.
Most of the pupils the college is supporting are still attending schools in the borough, while nine of the secondary age pupils have been permanently excluded from school.
The college’s current priorities include preparing for its first Ofsed inspection and working with Wokingham schools to ensure all needs are being supported.