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Queen Alexandra College (QAC)

Court Oak Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9TG, West Midlands

0121 428 5050



Queen Alexandra College (QAC)
School type Co-educational Day & Residential
Founded 1847
Special Needs AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, CLD, CP, Deaf, DYSL, DYSP, EBD, EPI, GLD, HighA, Hlmp, LD, MLD, MSI, PhysD, Physlmp, PartH, PNI, SCD, SCLD, SLD, SPLI, SPLD, SpeechLD, VIS
Principal Bev Jessop
Co-ed Age Range 16+
Number of pupils 300
Associations AOC, NATSPEC

QAC is a national residential College and charity that supports a diverse range of student abilities and needs.

We welcome students who come to our College from all over the country – as well as many who are local to us.

The College has been at its current location since 1903 and offers an innovative, holistic approach to learning and support.

We offer support and guidance for students with visual impairment, autistic spectrum conditions, those with moderate to severe learning difficulties, students with physical and other disabilities.

Ultimately, we have a great mix of students which adds to the wonderful atmosphere here in College. Class sizes are small and support levels high.

Our curriculum is designed to maximise adult life opportunities, develop independence and work skills. We offer a wide range of programmes including Preparation for Life (PFL) delivered at Pre-Entry to Entry level and a range of vocational qualifications to level 3.

Our LEAP programme (Learning, Employment and Progression) offers a stepping stone for students from PFL into a more work focused environment. A supported internship study programme, based at our specialist satellite site Pinewood, could also be followed which involves spending the majority of time with an employer in a real job role.

New and exciting for 2021/22, QAC will be working in collaboration with University of Worcester and The Albion Foundation to deliver a unique and ground breaking elite Wheelchair Basketball sport performance programme.

The College has a team of specialists on site who are able to support students, including Speech and Language Therapists, a VI Training Officer, Educational and Clinical Psychologists, Counsellors, Mentors, a Braille Tutor, Occupational Therapy and Sensory Support, a Dyslexia Tutor, Healthcare Professionals including a Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation and Travel Trainers, BSL Interpreters and a Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) Coordinator.

Enrichment programmes enhance the curriculum and help to develop self-esteem, confidence and independence. Our residential provision develops essential skills for personal development such as independent living and social skills. We also offer a specialist respite service.

Facilities include new buildings with the latest technology, a fitness centre, state-of-the-art sports hall, sports field, sensory room, onsite travel training area, library and student centre.

As part of our 5-year strategy (2019-2024) QAC is developing a new range of services for young people with disabilities in the community.