On Friday 3rd December the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, joined students and staff to officially open Highbury Heights.

Ribbon cutting ceremony of Highbury heights with Lord Mayor Cllr Frank Jonas and students Matthew and Josh

Highbury Heights is the first college-based residential training facility designed specifically for students with special educational needs and disabilities in the city.

Based on the 6th floor of the iconic Highbury College Tower, the accommodation boasts 15 en-suite bedrooms, plus a large open plan kitchen diner and lounge area.

Highbury College (part of City of Portsmouth College) offers a range of foundation learning courses which focus on building an individual’s confidence and independence, alongside developing key vocational and employability skills.

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Frank Jonas said: “These facilities will give these young people a real head start when it comes to being independent. They have great equipment to work with and the enthusiasm from both the students and the staff only bodes well for the future.”

Highbury Heights offers students a supported three-night residential experience. During their stay students will plan and cook their meals, clean and maintain their rooms and take part in evening activities.

Students have also played a key role in the project, both in the concept and the creation of the accommodation.

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas added: “I’ve been very impressed by the work that’s gone into the accommodation. The fact that much of the work has been done by the students themselves is even better!”

Foundation Prospects student Jake Bailey said: “We’ve really enjoyed helping to set up the accommodation. I even helped with the decorating. I think Highbury Heights will be really good and I’m looking forward to staying here.”

Vice Principal Foundations & Adult Learning Services Teresa Cole added: “We are so excited to be finally opening our new accommodation. It’s been a real team effort and the results are incredible. We’ve seen time and again how independent living skills can support the development of wider work and employment opportunities so to have our own bespoke on-site training facility will benefit not only our current students but also those who follow in their footsteps.”

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  • Date 07/12/2021