Blackfriars Academy Coronavirus information

LAST UPDATED: 15th June 2020


2020 - 2021 Term  dates - VIEW HERE

Reopening - Information for Parents and Students - READ HERE

Transition Letter - READ HERE

Shaw Education Trust Letter - 18th May 2020 READ HERE

Minister Ford's open letter to the SEND sector: READ HERE

Gavin Williamson's open letter Colleges and FE  Sector: READ HERE

Covid-19 Addendum to Safeguarding Policy: READ HERE

Easter Newsletter: READ HERE

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4th May 2020

Our May Newsletter is now available. View Here

17th April 2020

“Good afternoon to all our families. Everyone at Newfriars sends our best wishes and we hope you have had a nice Easter. The situation as advised by the government remains the same and the lockdown has been further extended. Staff will continue to stay in touch and work will be sent home next week. We understand that things are very different and at times extremely difficult. We look forward to reopening college when it is safe to do so. Please take care, stay safe and keep in touch.”

3rd April 2020

I hope this finds you, your family and loved ones well and safe at this difficult time. Keeping our wonderful young people and dedicated staff safe at this time is our priority. I hope you find this update helpful. We will all continue to work together and support each other through this time.

3rd April 2020 Update: View Here


Head of College


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Thank you Key workers

Vision and Ethos

Welcome to Newfriars College.

Newfriars College provides exceptional education, care and specialist support for young people aged 16 – 25 with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities. We currently have over 166 learners on roll. The College provides a highly differentiated programme of study for young people with flexible, bespoke and personalised courses which allow our learners to develop skills which will help them to prepare for adulthood, access the wider community, develop independent living skills and move into further education or employment. We offer a holistic learning environment with specially trained staff and resources to best support the needs of our young people. We continuously strive to “Transform the lives of Young People with Special Needs through Collaboration, Innovation, Partnership and Celebration”.

Our vision is to be a first-class provider of academic, personal and social achievement; where the college team work in partnership with our learners and their families to ensure they receive outstanding education and care. A centre of excellence for learning, preparation for adulthood and research.


Our Values which underpin everything that we do are to be:


Inspire - We listen, We encourage, we are positive, We motivate. 

Inclusive  - We are a team, We are fair, We believe in equal opportunity, We work in partnership

Supportive - We are caring, We are respectful, We are friendly, We are Compassionate. 

Innovative  - We are enthusiastic,  We take risks, We are creative, We  are experts

Evolving - We have a passion to be the best at everything we do, We embrace change, We are ambitious.

Latest news

May 21, 2020

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Dec 12, 2019

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Autumn Term 2019
Term Starts: Wednesday September 4th

Inset Day: Friday October 25th

Half Term Holiday: Monday October 28th - Friday November 1st

Term Ends: Friday December 20th

Christmas Holiday Monday 23rd December - Friday 3rd January



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