Glasshouse College

Glasshouse College in Stourbridge is one of three independent specialist further education colleges operated by Ruskin Mill Trust, providing Practical Skill Therapeutic Education for young people aged 16 to 25 years who have a range of learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorders and behaviours that challenge.

Founded in September 2000, Glasshouse College is based in a former crystal glassworks in Stourbridge, West Midlands, providing glass-making and glass-cutting, a range of craft workshops, a commercial glass centre, a studio theatre, a public coffee shop, as well as a narrowboat on the Stourbridge canal.

The college's nearby Vale Head Farm offers horticulture, animal husbandry, woodland management, felting, and catering in a 36 acre rural setting; whilst the Greenwich Woodland creates opportunities for green woodworking, Iron-Age forging, clay and pottery workshops, bow making and archery.

Through engagement with a curriculum involving glassblowing and glass cutting, weaving, pottery, jewellery making, stone carving, bronze casting, blacksmithing, drama, mask-making, catering and hospitality, students will have the opportunity to increase their self esteem and to develop skills in communication, numeracy, literacy, ICT, team-building, work competence, employability, and independent living.

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