Glasshouse College, situated in a former glass factory in the heart of Stourbridge’s Glass Quarter, provides an array of craft workshops, social enterprises, a performing arts centre, heritage centre, studios for local artisans, and a 40-acre farm and woodlands in the surrounding hillside. Crafts at Glasshouse draw from the local traditions of glass blowing and etching, as well as the performing arts, woodland management, and land work. We also have our own narrowboat. Our farm and gardens provide opportunities for students to grow and harvest healthy, biodynamic produce to use within our canteens, cafés and residential households to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and others.
Alongside our practical, ‘hands-on’ curriculum, students are able to access functional skills sessions and our in-house therapy team. We work with students to break down their individual barriers to learning – such as communication and social skills, and emotional wellbeing – and support them to become more independent. Students are also encouraged and supported to work towards a recognised vocational pathway.
As part of the college’s onsite community spaces – the Ruskin Glass Centre and Glasshouse Heritage Centre – students can access a range of work experience placements, offering them exceptional opportunities to develop social and vocational skills in professional and public environments.
We also have a campus in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter – Argent College offering additional crafts, such as jewellery, candle making and leatherwork. The site also has a roof garden, bakery and organic café, providing more opportunities for students to develop essential employment skills, as well as serving the community.
We work with young adults, aged 16 to 25, with Education, Health and Care plans to equip them with transferable skills for life and work. We offer day and residential placements, 36 or 52 weeks of the year. Student admissions are accepted throughout the academic year.