Journey through our history

Celebrating 50 years
Explore the fascinating history of National Star and discover how we’ve been realising the aspirations of people with disabilities for 50 incredible years.

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The 1960s

The 1960s

Explore the fascinating history of National Star and discover how we’ve been realising the aspirations of people with disabilities for incredible 50 years.

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The 1960s
The 1970s

The 1970s

In the 1970s The Star Centre was renamed The National Star Centre for Disabled Youth to reflect the fact that students came from across the UK.

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The 1970s
The 1980s

The 1980s

In the 1980s the number of National Star students increased to 100 and Joanne Slade became the first student with complex disabilities to pass her RSA typing exam.

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The 1980s
The 1990s

The 1990s

In the 1990s two former students won medals at the 1992 Summer Paralympics and National Star received a Regional Training Award.

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The 1990s
The 00s

The 00s

In the 00s National Star launched its independent travel training programme, opened new accommodation in Gloucester and created a student advocacy service.

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The 00s
The 10s

The 10's

In the 10s National Star is graded Outstanding by Ofsted, builds two StarBistros and opens long-term residential provision in Cheltenham.

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The 10s
National Star in 2017

National Star in 2017

In 2017 National Star’s mission is to realise the aspirations of people with disabilities through personalised learning, transition, support and destination services.

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National Star in 2017
The next 50 years

The next 50 years

National Star has achieved a great deal in 50 years of supporting young people and adults with disabilities – but there is still so much to be done.

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The next 50 years