News and Events

Welcome to our News and Events page where you can find recent news and information about upcoming events! 

May 2017

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Willow Tree Centre students competed in the Table Cricket Regional Finals held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.  Several schools attended the event who had all won their local competition. The Willow Tree students thoroughly enjoyed the event finishing 4th overall on the day. A great experience had by all!

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We have recently secured work experience placements for Willow Tree Centre students at Telford Whitehouse Hotel. Students will have the opportunity to put into practise what they have learned at the Willow Tree Centre when they work as part of the hotel’s Housekeeping Team. Students will be completing duties such as changing beds, cleaning bathrooms, hovering and polishing.  Telford Whitehouse Hotel have said they are willing to give all Willow Tree Centre students the opportunity to complete some work experience and have also given our part time students access to their fitness suite as part of their ‘Active Lives’ lessons.

March 2017



Our part-time students raised a total of £35 from their cake sale for Red Nose Day. Well done to all involved!



Willow Tree Centre students recently attended the Shropshire Homes School Sport Festival which was held at Shrewsbury Sports Village on Tuesday 7th March 2017. The event brought together hundreds of young people from across the county to compete in a range of sporting events.

February 2017

Well done Jade!!

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Willow Tree student, Jade Vaughan, has recently secured a job at The Princess Royal Hospital, as a result of her high quality work experience placement accessed through The Willow Tree Full Time curriculum.

Jade visited The Princess Royal Hospital and carried out her duties in the shop at The League of Friends, The Princess Royal Hospital. Jade impressed the staff there so much that they have offered Jade 16 hours of work per week starting when she finishes our full-time course. Excellent work Jade!

Willow Tree Centre students claim title!!


The first ever Table Cricket competition in Shropshire has been won by students from the Willow Tree Centre.                                                                                                                       
Teams from The Bridge at Hadley Learning Community, two from Southall (Stars & Sabres) and The Willow Tree Centre took part in the coaching programme and resulting competition.

The teams played in a round-robin format with all students taking part, all showing some fantastic batting, bowling and fielding skills.
Cricket Shropshire Development Officer Ed Ashlin said: “The main highlight was the way the students interacted with their peers and showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout the competition.”                                                                                                                                     
The matches were all closely contested and teams evenly matched. The Willow Tree Centre managed to win their final match against the Southall Sabres to take the crown of County Champions for 2017.
The Willow Tree Centre now have the chance to take part in the regional finals at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Wednesday, May 10, along with second-placed team from Southall School. Watch this space!


January 2017


The Willow Tree Centre has recently been awarded Makaton Friendly status.

All of our staff are Makaton trained and we use Makaton on a daily basis to help our students communicate as part of our Total Communication Environment.

The Willow Tree Centre can now be seen on the Makaton website as a recognised Makaton Friendly Centre.

Wednesday 19th October 2016, 4pm- 6pm 

Willow Tree Centre Transition event 

Parents, students and families are invited to attend this exciting, information sharing event!

Post 16 Education providers will be all together under one roof for one night, which makes this a great event for finding out more about what opportunities are available and the support that they provide.

This is a drop in event and you can arrive at any time between 4.00 and 6.00pm.

As well as post 16 Education providers, there will also be different agencies and services that can provide support, information and guidance about any questions you might have about moving on from The Willow Tree Centre. Parents are encouraged to attend even if their young person has just started at The Willow Tree Centre.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Karen Carter                                                 Sarah Jones

FutureFocus                                                  The Willow Tree Centre

September 2016 

A warm welcome to new and returning students!! 

On behalf of all the staff, we would like to give a warm welcome back to all students. We would also like to welcome our new staff, including Tom James (Deputy Head at The Willow Tree) and Rebecca (Learning Facilitator at The Willow Tree). We wish you all the very best for an exciting term ahead!

May 2016 

Willow Tree Centre receives £200 for first place thanks to Asda!

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The Willow Tree Centre at Telford College of Arts and Technology has been presented with £200 towards the purchase of specialist equipment – thanks to generosity of shoppers and a local supermarket.

The centre, on the TCAT campus in Wellington, is a specialist service supporting students aged between 16 and 19 with complex needs and disabilities.

It was one of the local communities nominated by the supermarket chain ASDA for its ‘green token’ scheme.

Every month the stores choose three charities to represent in the green token vote. Customers are given tokens at the till, to place in the box of their choice at the front of the store.

At the end of the month the tokens are counted up, and the winning community receives a cheque for £200.

David Kingston, as ASDA Living Colleague from the store at the Wrekin Retail Park, handed over the winning cheque to the delighted Willow Tree Centre team.

It was a nostalgic trip for David, who is a former TCAT student – completing his apprenticeship in engineering when he worked at Winlock Security.

David said he admired how much the college had developed, and said he was very impressed with the facilities at the Willow Tree Centre.

Sarah Jones, head of the Willow Tree Centre, said: “We are very grateful to ASDA for giving us the opportunity to take part in the green token scheme – and to the shoppers who chose to support us.

“The money will be used to buy some specialist exercise equipment for our centre and for young people.

“Thanks should also go to Aimie Burns, a learning support assistant, who initially approached ASDA to find out about the possibility of community donations.”

The Willow Tree Centre, which opened in September 2015, was graded ‘good with outstanding features’ when it was inspected by education inspectors from Ofsted in March.


March 2016 

External Review of The Willow Tree Centre 

External Review by Frank Price, 16th-17th March 2016. Please click on the link below to read the full report.

Willow Tree Centre External Review


October 2015

Willow Tree official opening day


We have posted a gallery of photos from
our opening in our Gallery


June 2015 

Willow Tree tours of new building 


We have held several successful tours  for parents/carers and professionals. Everyone who has taken part in these tours has been very impressed with both the building and the facilities which will be available for our young people.

Further tours of the completed building for parents/carers and professionals will take continue to take place during June and July.

We have held successful transition visits for prospective students who are currently at The Bridge School and these will continue until the end of the Summer Term.