Glasshouse College - day and residential education and care in Stourbridge, Birmingham and the West Midlands for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEN)

Glasshouse College is based in the heart of the Central England, supporting day and residential students aged 16 to 24 through practical skills and therapeutic education, which offers a clear pathway for delivering progression and sustainable outcomes.

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To get in touch to find out how we can support your needs call 01384 399 400 and ask for Assessment and Admissions, or email us here:

You can also download:

• Our current Prospectus here

• Our Application form and Admissions Policy here


Qualifications through a personalised curriculum and holistic approach

At our main site we provide a range of craft workshops including glass-making and glass-cutting, a newly refurbished commercial glass centre and coffee shop open to the public, a £2.2m Arts Centre including a theatre, studio theatre, music and drama workshops in the college, we even have a narrow boat on the Stourbridge canal.

The College's nearby biodynamic Vale Head Farm offers horticulture, animal and woodland management, land-based crafts, weaving, felt making, mountain biking, paper making and catering within a 36 acre rural setting. Our centre at Greenwich Woodland creates opportunities for green woodworking, iron age forging, clay and pottery workshops, bow making and archery.

The Trust offers the Integrated Learning for Living and Work Programme which uses the Practical Skills Therapeutic Education curriculum to support students to develop personal, social vocational and independent living skills, through a range of practical land and craft activities.

Each student has a personalised study programme designed to meet their needs and interests and which can include therapeutic craft and land work, numeracy, literacy and ICT, art and drama, external courses, work experience in the community and vocational training. Students gain Edexcel and NOCN qualifications and progress to further education, employment, voluntary work and to a range of supported independent living arrangements.



Each Student is supported by a Student Journey Manager and together they create a personal development plan. This includes functional skills (maths and English) which is embedded into each session.

Based on the Individual Student Journey Plan, Glasshouse College also offers a series of accredited and tracks non-accredited learning, using the RARPA framework.


Work Experience and Wellbeing

Glasshouse College has a team of experts who will assist in the student transitioning into adulthood with work experience opportunities, overseeing the first steps of supported and independent living.

It is our aim to increase the student's level of self-esteem and confidence, enabling the young person to become more independent, communicate effectively, manage their health and wellbeing, and ultimately integrate into and contribute to society.


Glasshouse College is part of Ruskin Mill Trust

Ruskin Mill Trust is a leading independent provider of specialist care and education for young people and adults with learning and complex co-morbid needs including autism / ASD, Asperger syndrome, behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, mental health problems, self-harm, epilepsy, dyspraxia and other special educational needs (SEN).

We welcome applications from throughout the UK.

Currently working with a large number of local authorities, the Trust has been providing specialist Education, Health & Care for young people for over 25 years. Our pioneering method of ‘Practical Skills Therapeutic Education’ is recognised internationally and has helped transform the lives of hundreds of young people.



Ofsted Rating and Reports

To view our latest Education report please click here.


Ruskin Mill Trust has worked with the following Local Authorities -
each links to their respective Special Educational Needs (SEN) section:

Barnet Council Haringey Council Reading Borough Council
Barnsley Council Hertfordshire County Council Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Bath and NE Somerset Council Hounslow Council Salford City Council
Birmingham City Council Kent County Council Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Bracknell Forest Council Kingston-Upon-Thames Borough Council Sheffield City Council
Bristol City Council Lambeth Council Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Bromley Council Leeds City Council Somerset County Council
Buckinghamshire County Council Leicester City Council South Gloucestershire Council
Calderdale Council Leicestershire County Council St Helens Council
Cambridgeshire County Council Lewisham Council Staffordshire County Council
Cardiff Council Lincolnshire County Council Suffolk County Council
Central Bedfordshire Council London Borough of Hillingdon Surrey County Council
Cheshire West & Chester London Borough of Redbridge Swindon Borough Counci
Cornwall Council London Borough of Richmond Telford & Wrekin Council
Derby City Council Luton Borough Council Torbay Council
Derbyshire County Council Medway Council Tower Hamlets Council
Devon County Council Norfolk County Council Trafford Council
Doncaster Council North Lincolnshire Council Walsall Council
Dorset County Council North Somerset Council Warwickshire County Council
Dudley Council Northamptonshire County Council West Sussex County Council
Ealing Council Northumberland County Council Wiltshire Council
East Sussex County Council Oxfordshire County Council Wokingham Borough Council
Essex County Council Pembrokeshire County Council Wolverhampton City Council
Gloucestershire County Council Peterborough City Council Worcestershire County Council
Greenwich Council Powys  County Council  
Hampshire County Council    



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