Welcome to Condover College
Our learners are at the centre of everything we do
We are committed to providing a quality education and individual learning plans, life-long care and opportunities for people with moderate or severe learning difficulties.
With high quality care and support, we believe everyone can achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Condover College was founded by someone who simply wanted the best opportunities for his son.
In 2004, Steve McGill’s son Matthew was studying at Condover Hall School in Shrewsbury, then run by the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
When the RNIB announced the school was under threat of closure, Steve stepped in. He was on the board of governors at the time, and put in a bid to lease the site for an initial ten years.
Though we started with just our educational centre and three residential schemes, we now have 12 residential schemes, Short Breaks at our Greenfields scheme and an Opportunities Programme that allow our learners to fulfil their greatest aspirations.
We believe our success is due to putting our learners first, always aiming for excellence and remaining focused on meeting individual needs.
This ethos is reflected in our business structure. We’re a charity exempt from registration under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act, so we’re not about making money for shareholders. We put everything back into the people we support.
Sadly, our founder Steve passed away in 2014. Today we are still honouring his passion and commitment in providing the best possible care and opportunities for all.
“I would say [our son’s] biggest achievement has to be their self-esteem. They now have a sense of self-worth I have never seen in them before.”
“I really can’t praise the staff enough; they are so caring. We thoroughly enjoy our time up there, not just with [our daughter] but with other people and staff. Staff are welcoming – very much so.”
We feel that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and is at the heart of everything we do. Not only do we recognise the importance of having policies and procedures in place we create a culture were learners and staff feel able to raise concerns knowing that they will be listened to and their concerns acted upon.
We take our responsibilities seriously and have a safeguarding working group to monitor and review our policies and procedures and who are instrumental in promoting outstanding safeguarding practices.
We ensure that all our staff have the knowledge and understanding of the importance of safeguarding. We have thorough policies and procedures, recruitment processes, training and risk assessments to set and maintain those standards.
We have a clear and easy system of reporting all issues whether safeguarding or general incidents whereby staff feel willing and able to report. These are reviewed by managers and then by a member of the Executive Group to ensure appropriate action is taken and any lessons learned are shared. Where appropriate incidents are referred to Shropshire Adult Safeguarding Team.