Northampton College's purpose is to provide high quality further education, training and associated services to Northamptonshire people and businesses. The College's mission is to enhance the lives of our students and other customers, maximising their potential through learning.
Ofsted has endorsed the achievement of Northampton College’s highest ever success rates recording a judgement of ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness as an outcome of its latest inspection in February 2013.
Northampton College has become one of the larger general Further Education Colleges in the region, with approximately 7,000 students, a turnover of over £25 million, nearly 600 permanent members of staff and another 300 working on a flexible basis. It offers a broad range of full-time and part-time courses, many funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). In addition, it provides Higher Education courses in conjunction with The University of Northampton, and provides support for a range of other organisations including the voluntary sector.
The College has completed a £75m three-year re-building programme at its main site at Booth Lane in Northampton, marked by an official opening ceremony in March 2012 presided over by HRH The Duke of York.
The College's largest site at Booth Lane now benefits from a brand new, state of the art building of 27,000m providing a high quality, modern design fit to educate and skill the County's students in the 21st century.
The College also has a base in the Town Centre of Northampton at Lower Mounts. This facility, extended in 2010, represents a significant investment in Northampton. It is an iconic building which contributes to the ambition of the town to re-develop itself and build on its strengths in the 21st century.
Extending in this way has enabled the College to improve its offer, including state of the art facilities for hairdressing and beauty therapy, an extended library, and enhanced information, advice and guidance services. Teaching and learning at Lower Mounts has been expanded to include business, languages, health care and Access to Higher Education.
In addition, the College has a substantial site in Daventry from which it delivers a range of full time and part time provision. The site has recently been refurbished and re-launched as a dedicated vocational centre which enables post-16 students to continue their education in Daventry.
The College works closely with other FE and HE providers in the County including Moulton College, The University of Northampton and Tresham College as part of an FE Federation. Partnerships have been established with the Rights & Equality Council, the Chamber and other bodies to provide targeted initiatives for local needs.
Northampton College's locally-delivered provision supports more than 4,000 full-time students, most of whom are aged 16-19, in programmes covering most curriculum areas. It has also extended its link provision with schools and Northamptonshire County Council.
Ms Pat Brennan Barrett has taken up the position of Principal from September 2013 following the retirement of Len Closs. Pat leads a senior team responsible for managing the business areas of the College and developing, delivering and managing the curriculum and students. The curriculum is managed within the Directorate of Curriculum and Student Services, through six Schools (Languages & Foundation Learning, The Arts, Health & Public Services, Technology & Science, Engineering, and Commercial Enterprise).
Engagement with the needs of local employers is managed through the Business Centre, based at Booth Lane. The College contracts with the Skills Funding Agency to provide Apprenticeship training. In addition, the College seeks alternative funding from such sources as the European Social Fund (ESF) to deliver a broader range of learning opportunities.
The College has been re-affirmed as meeting Investors in People standards four times since 1995 and has also achieved the Recruitment and Selection IiP award. There is an active programme of staff and continued professional development, including teacher training validated by The University of Northampton. The College is committed to the support and development of a professionally-qualified and experienced workforce.
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