Dawn Steward, from Northfield in Birmingham is mum to five siblings currently studying at Bournville College. Aged from 16 to 28, all five started their educational journey within the College’s Supported Learning programme. Supported Learning is for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, which aims to introduce students to a variety of vocational subjects and develop both their basic life and employability skills.
Dawn was a student of Bournville College student herself, back when the campus was based on the Bristol Road. She studied catering, straight after leaving school, so was happy to have her children follow her.
When asked about her children’s experience with the College, Dawn said, “All of them are happy and enjoy attending college. It’s great that they are offered extra support and four of them have progressed out of supported learning into vocational programmes at the College. It’s a very good college for support, there’s always someone available at the end of a phone and they will go out of their way to help you. My kids’ self-confidence has really improved by coming to college.”
Dawn’s view is confirmed by the most recent Ofsted report, published on the 8th January 2019, saying, “Students receive appropriate, specialist support which further helps them overcome barriers to independence and develops their confidence.”
Dawn’s eldest, Amanda, now 28, is now studying Employment to Work Level 2 and has a work placement at Bordesley Primary School as a classroom assistant. Amanda is keen to work with children with learning difficulties that require extra support.
She said, “The College has really supported me to reach my potential.”
Jamie, 23 is studying painting and decorating and Christopher, 21, is enjoying a course in hospitality and catering. He has taken part in work experience at Cheltenham race course several years running and would love to run his own restaurant in the future.Meanwhile, Georgina, 17 is now studying Level 1 Carpentry and dreams of running a business fitting kitchens for large construction companies.
16 year old Cameron only started at Bournville College in September 2018 and is in the Supported Learning programme. He enjoys coming to college and his ambition is to work in theatres, setting up and controlling the lighting for shows.
Head of School for Supported Learning, Christine Daly said, “We are delighted that we have been able to support the Steward family through our college and that they’re all doing really well. This is not unusual, we often get siblings follow each other, or like in this story, children following their parents. It’s because we offer excellent support to help students’ develop their skills and confidence to do their best and progress onto higher level qualifications.”
If you would like to find out more about how Bournville College can support you or your family members, attend the next Open Day on Wednesday 23rd January 4-7pm or visit www.sccb.ac.uk