Introduction to Glasshouse College
Glasshouse College was
founded in September 2000 as a new educational centre within Ruskin
Mill Educational Trust following the successful development of Ruskin
Mill College. The Glasshouse College provides innovative and experiential
education for young people with special learning needs and is being
developed out of the inspiration of Rudolf Steiner, William Morris
and John Ruskin. Based in a converted crystal glass factory in the
glass making district of Stourbridge, the College is situated on
the edge of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire countryside yet
within easy reach of Birmingham’s cultural centre. The industrial
heritage of the Black Country is being actively promoted and Glasshouse
College, working in collaboration with the Ruskin Glass Centre,
has established a range of high quality craft workshops with a visitor
trail, a shop and café. Students follow their individual
learning programmes in a context of commercial and artistic activity.
Each student has an individual
programme enabing them to make the most of their potential. Social
and interpersonal skills are developed through small intensive groups
working together in craft workshops and on the land, group work
in performing arts and one to one counselling and therapy sessions.
Basic and continuing education, work experience and vocational training
are available and courses are accredited by a wide range of national
organisations. Students are able to progress to GCSE, NVQ or equivalent
vocational qualifications both at Glasshouse College and local colleges.
The traditional crafts
of the area are incorporated into the students’ programmes.
These include: glassblowing and glass cutting, weaving, pottery,
jewellery, stone carving, bronze casting, blacksmithing, photography,
bike maintenance and printing.
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