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First ceremonial stone laid as part of National Star College’s Star Appeal Development

Wednesday 30th June at 11:00pm

On Thursday 1st July at 12.30pm the National Star College, along with representatives from Gloucestershire-based Barnwood Trust, will be celebrating the first milestone in the next stage of the National Star College’s Star Appeal development project by laying a ceremonial stone for what will be the new Work-skills Centre.

Barnwood Trust is the main funder of the new Work-skills Centre, having generously donated £500,000 to the project. When the project is completed early next year, the Centre will be known as the ‘Anderson Centre’ after the former National Star College Chairman and Barnwood Trust Trustee, the late Dr Keith Anderson.

National Star College has a clear focus on enabling students to acquire the skills they need to achieve their future aims, helping them to improve the quality of their lives as independent and active citizens.  The Work-skills Centre, containing a new College reception area, working office, shop, and a community cafe with training kitchen, will provide opportunities for students to acquire new skills and confidence through customer service, administration, retail and catering experience.

Peter Horne, Assistant Chief Executive from the National Star College, said “Barnwood Trust are long standing supporters of National Star College and this event is the culmination of several years of determination to secure the new facilities that will enable people with disabilities to develop new skills and extend their learning in real and practical environments. The new centre will be the public face of National Star College, linking with the community and providing the resources that will support new ways of working and learning - it is fantastic that we can finally mark the start of this exciting part of the development by laying the first bricks as the building starts to become a reality.

Barnwood Trust is dedicated to supporting the people of Gloucestershire by providing help for those who are living with complex disabilities, including dementia.

Sally Byng, Chief Executive from Barnwood Trust said, “Barnwood Trust is delighted to be able to support the excellent work that the National Star College undertakes to make a positive difference to the lives of so many young people living with severe and complex physical disabilities.
The Barnwood Trust offers grants to individuals and organisations, and provides supported accommodation and day care, all focussed on improving opportunities and quality of life for individuals, which in turn helps their carers.

The Work-skills Centre is part of the Star Appeal development for which the College still needs to raise £1.2 million to complete its £7.7m Star Appeal target. The development will also provide:

  • A therapies centre with hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and multi-sensory rooms as well as a specialist training centre for the dissemination of good practice
  • Learning Technology Centre to support the College’s exemplary status working in the field of assistive technology
  • New creative and performing arts facilities
  • Residential accommodation to support the development of independent living skills

The development is due for completion early next year.


National Star Foundation and National Star College:
registered in England No 522846 at the above address.
VAT Registration No 184 5412 03.
Registered Charity No. 220239.