Former Treloar Trust Chairman, Bruce Powell, has been awarded the MBE for services to Education in the New Year’s Honours list

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Bruce Powell has a long family association with Treloar’s and was a key figurehead who steered the School and College through a significant period of change. He served as Chair of Trustees from 2002-2015, and is currently a Patron of the Treloar Trust.


One of his many achievements was the Vision Treloar’s appeal, launched to build a new campus enabling the co-location of the Trust, School and College on a single site in Holybourne. Building work on the new campus was completed in 2011.


School students moved from Froyle to the Holybourne campus in 2012. The new campus was officially opened by our Royal Patron, HRH Countess of Wessex GCVO.


During his tenure he oversaw major construction and refurbishment projects which enhanced the Treloar College facilities. Brewer House, a new hall of residence and a student social club the ‘Chill Out Zone’ opened in 2008. The Princess Royal officially opened Brewer House in 2009.


When Bruce retired, his legacy was to leave Treloar’s with modern, well equipped facilities and a vibrant School and College campus.


Simon Birch, Treloar Trust CEO said


“We are delighted that Bruce’s work has been recognised. His leadership and vision were instrumental in making Treloar’s the outstanding provider it is today”


Mr Powell retired as Treloar Trust Chairman in 2015.  He trained as a chartered accountant and had many years’ experience of financial and operational management with information technology (IT) companies listed on the London Stockmarket. He is a member of the Court of Assistants of the Haberdashers’ Livery Company and is currently Chairman of Governors at Holyport College. Bruce is married to Lizzie with 3 daughters and a son, and lives in Bentley.

Treloar College Arts & Media ‘Reflection’ Exhibition goes online

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Each year, Treloar College in Alton, Hampshire has a summer Arts and Media exhibition to showcase student work. Unfortunately due to coronavirus (COVID-19), it wasn’t possible this year, so instead an online exhibition book has been produced. The theme of the work was ‘Reflection’.

Staff members Gemma, Caroline, Colin and Turlough said in the introduction to the work:

“Though we are very upset at not being able to host the yearly student summer exhibition at Treloar’s, it has instead given us the opportunity to produce an online exhibition book, celebrating the highlights of our students’ achievements over what has turned out to be possibly the strangest year ever, with the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ forcing most students and staff to work remotely from home since mid-March.

Even more impressive then, to see such an exciting and diverse range of talent, as most of the work in this book was created by our students in the first half of the academic year 2019-20.

As always it’s been a pleasure to work alongside all of our Arts & Media students at Treloar’s, who never fail to inspire us with their humour and often wacky creativity!”

They also go on to thank the supporting staff who have “worked tirelessly to help enable our students to achieve such amazing things”.

The full online exhibition book was shared with parents, carers and families to view.

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  • Treloar Trust was founded by Sir William Purdie Treloar while he was Lord Mayor of the City of London. Now, 110 years later, it supports Treloar School (for pupils 2-16) and Treloar College (further education for students 16+). Both School and College are specialists in providing education, care, therapy, medical support, independence training and opportunities for young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK. 
  • Treloar School and College support approximately 170 students each year. Treloar’s students have complex and sometimes multiple physical disabilities. They may also have a communication or sensory impairment or associated learning difficulties. 
  • Over 40 disabilities are represented at Treloar’s – the most common are cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. A vast majority of students use wheelchairs, almost half have little or no speech and 13% have a life-limiting condition. As the largest non-maintained specialist provision of its kind in the UK, Treloar’s relies on private donations to sustain the level of care the students receive. 
  • The Fundraising team at Treloar’s is tasked with raising around £2 million each year in addition to the statutory funding they receive.  This money is raised through working closely with City Livery Companies, Trusts and Foundations and Corporates together with donations from individuals, income from events, the Treloar’s TRElottery and legacies.  The generosity from these areas enables Treloar’s to provide students with access to the specialist equipment and staff, experiences and activities and upgrades to buildings and facilities.  All of which enhances students education and opportunities to learn skills, ultimately enabling them to build confidence, independence and realise their full potential in life. For more information on the work of the Fundraising team at Treloar’s or to make a donation visit 


Treloar College student starts own photography business after success of Supported Internship programme

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Eoin Searle, aged 22, has cerebral palsy and is a student at Treloar College in Alton. Following the success of a Supported Internship with Vets4Pets in Farnham, he has decided to set up his own photography business. 

This opportunity, which allows for students to get hands-on experience working for a company, has helped Eoin to develop the skills and experience to start up his own enterprising business, Searle’s Photography.

Eoin said of his Supported Internship and new business venture:

“My Supported Internship not only gave me confidence, it taught me work skills and how to be professional in the working world.

I have really enjoyed setting up my own business and website to share my photography and I have already made some sales. I have been passionate about photography since I got my first camera, aged 6”

Alongside his business selling his photographs at , Eoin has also been offered employment beyond his internship year at Vets4Pets. 

Job Coach, Charlotte Warwick-Mills said:

“It’s absolutely brilliant that Eoin has set up his own website for his photography business alongside his work placement. His internship year has given him confidence in his own abilities, leading him on to further opportunities. 

Treloar’s Supported Internships involve working together with businesses to create learning workplace opportunities for our students and for inclusive employers.”

Treloar’s are urging local businesses to consider joining their Supported Internship programmes. If you would like to find out more information about the Supported Internships programme and how to get involved, please contact Maria Sherwood, Progress and Transition Manager, on