Queen Alexandra College
Special needs catered for
Our original purpose was to provide education for young people who were blind or visually impaired. Today, in addition to supporting people who have a visual impairment, we now offer support and guidance for students on the Autistic Spectrum (including individuals with Aspergerís syndrome), those with moderate to severe learning difficulties, students with physical disabilities and those with other needs. Ultimately, we have a great mix of students which adds to the wonderful atmosphere here in College.
The teaching, training and residential facilities are designed to give access to wheelchair users. There are extensive leisure and sports facilities including a well-equipped gym and state-of-the-art sports hall. We have a well-equipped sensory provision and our healthcare centre is staffed by qualified nurses. All computers and the Internet are equipped with screen enlargement and speech. The latest Braille technology is available and hearing loops are provided where required. Delivering Employment Pathways programmes, Pinewood Centre is a specialist satellite site located in nearby Woodgate Valley which provides a high quality and exciting stepping stone into the world of work.
Home school links
The college promotes a partnership with parents, professionals and sponsors who are encouraged to play an active interest in college life. There are also Parent Governors.
The college stands on a 12 acre campus in Harborne, a quiet and pleasant Birmingham suburb. Harborne offers excellent amenities and easy access to Birminghamís city centre. Harborne is very accessible, being only minutes from the M5 which has links to the M6, M40 and M42. New Street Station is only minutes away and there are good links to Birmingham International Airport.
Aims and philosophy
QAC creates challenging learning opportunities for people with visual impairment and/or other disabilities to realise their potential to live and work independently. Class sizes are small and support levels are high. We offer a wide range of programmes with courses tailored to suit individual needs. Staff will help students to become more independent and confident during their time with us.
Staff qualification and selection
Admission to the college is based upon a thorough initial assessment. This may include a residential visit. Our specialist staff are qualified to support individual needs throughout the extended curriculum.