Through coming to do this course I have gained independence. Now I feel like I can do what I want with my life. Before I was going nowhere, now I feel I can go everywhere.
This course and the people on it has been my biggest support this year and given me more confidence to make choices that I feared before.
This course means more to me than I think I can express. Its given me a place when I thought I'd never find one, formed a bond I thought I'd never have. Its helped me uncover who I am and what I want to be and how to get there....
This course has been wonderful. After it I have plan for the next year and a rekindled love of theatre.
I've met some absolutely, wonderfully amazing people through this course and I would not have been able to cope, really, at times without them...... I have grown so much as a person, confidence wise, trust wise and hug wise as well as a bunch of other things I haven't even realised yet - but I will.
I have learnt so much throughout this course. But rather than academical learning I see it more like character building. I've learnt a lot of life skills and lessons that you can't be taught in a single lesson but only through experience. Thank you.
Helped me decide my next steps and be more ready for them.
This course has opened my heart and mind more than any other 10 month period of my life..... I have learnt more in the past 10 months about life than in 6 years of mainstream education, and I would love more than anything for that opportunity to be available for other teenagers whom the normal education system has failed....
Centre For Science and Art
Gloucestershire GL5 1BB
T: +44 (0)1453 840009
Bridging the Gap is a one or two year full-time course for young people aged 16 -19 years old who are looking for variety, challenge and a different approach to learning. The course is fully accredited through our partnership with Cirencester College.
Bridging the Gap encourages young people to develop themselves through experience, reflection and understanding in a creative way. The course emphasises learning new skills through the crafts, being on the path of self discovery through the arts and developing a coherent world view while working collaboratively with tutors and peers. The first year course begins in September 2013 and there are 16 places.
The Waldorf College is an independent college for 16 - 20 year olds and is based in the Centre for Science and Art, a beautiful Victorian building and former Art college in Stroud. The College has been developing and practising Experiential Education since 2000 with many students benefiting from its unique approach.
Lighting Fires is an initiative for 18 to 25 year olds in transition, collaboratively designed and run by inspiring young people who have experience in group facilitation, who have travelled widely and are on interesting life pathways.
We are trying to raise funds to run a workshop this year, as we have found that unless it is heavily subsidised young people out of work cannot afford to come on our course. If you can help in anyway please contact us. Young people looking for volunteering and training opportunities could contact the ASHA centre in Gloucestershire, http://www.ashacentre.org.
We are currently offering the opportunity for young people aged 16 - 18 years to visit the College and try out Bridging the Gap. As our education is very different to other schools we have found that by visiting for a day a young person can tell more quickly if it is the right course for them. It you would like to visit and you are aged over 16 years please contact Caroline Kelly 01453 840009 or email us.
“ I have learned so much throughout this course. But rather than academic learning I see it more like character building. I’ve learnt a lot of life skills and lessons that you can’t be taught in a single lesson but only through experience. Thank you.”