We work closely with other further and higher education providers in Northamptonshire including Moulton College and The University of Northampton. We also partner with the Rights & Equality Council, the local Chamber of Commerce and other organisations as part of our mission to become the college in the community.

We support more than 4,000 full-time students, most of whom are aged 16-18 across a wide range of subjects. We also have strong links with local schools and Northamptonshire County Council.

We collaborate with a number of employers across the county, many of whom sponsor courses and engage our students in work experience and career opportunities.

Public Value Statement

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At Northampton College you will receive some of the best in education and skills development in state of the art facilities. We aim to ensure that you can reach your potential. This means that we are committed to your further education. Around 9,000 students choose to study with us and this number is growing.

When you study at Northampton College you can expect to develop your academic, professional, technical and employability skills as well as your maths and English. Whether you are looking for a beginner’s course, a Level 2 or 3 course or a university-level programme, we will have a course for you. We also offer Apprenticeships.

Parents and carers

We encourage you to be involved with your son or daughter’s education. Your support will make a tremendous difference to your child achieving their potential – we particularly want you to support their further progress in gaining a GCSE at grade A-C in maths and English. See our Parent and Carer Handbook for more information about what you can expect from us and what we expect from students. The guide will also tell you about some of the schemes that will help students get the most out of their time here.

If you can offer a young person work experience at your place of employment, please contact the Business Centre on 01604 734323.

Our achievements

Over the last four years our pass rates have improved. In 2016, 96% of our students passed their course.

  • We have state of the art facilities at Booth Lane and Lower Mounts in Northampton and Daventry. 
  • 8 out of 10 students are happy with their course
  • 93% said their teaching was good
  • 97% of employees were happy with the courses we offered them
  • We have received the The Reading Agency’s Gold Award for five successive years.
We are aiming to be the College of choice through our leadership, recruitment, teaching and learning. Northampton College is committed to ensuring that every student is valued, supported and respected. We want you to be the best you can be.

Click here to view our annual report.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to provide high quality further education and training for Northamptonshire people and businesses. The College's mission is to enhance the lives of our students and other customers, helping them to reach potential through learning.

Northampton College is one of the largest general further education colleges in the region with around 9,000 students and a turnover of over £30M. We employ around 500 permanent members of staff and a further 300 work on a flexible basis. Staff are given every opportunity to develop their skills and we are committed to supporting a professionally-qualified and experienced workforce.

We offer a broad range of full-time and part-time courses, many funded by the Education Funding Agency (ESFA).

In addition, we offer higher education courses in partnership with the Universities of Northampton and Warwick, and offer support to a range of other organisations including the voluntary sector.

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The Northampton College Corporation is a non-executive committee that meets monthly to monitor the College's performance and make decisions on strategy, policy and finance. Members serve for a period of four years at a time and give their services without being paid. Collectively the Members of the Corporation are responsible for:

  • The determination of the educational character and mission of the institution and for the oversight of its activities
  • The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • The appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the Clerk and setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

The Corporation was established by Act of Parliament in 1992 and operates in accordance with the Instrument and Articles of Government approved by Parliament in 1999 and Standing Orders and Terms of Reference approved by the Corporation and reviewed annually. The Corporation has also approved a Code of Conduct for its members, which requires members to declare any interests which may conflict with their role as a Governor. The register of interests is available for inspection at the College's reception.
The College has long been recognised as providing a very broad range of education and training provision which meets individual aspirations as well as serving the needs of the diverse and expanding Northamptonshire economy.

Please view the governance meetings calendar for 2016/17 here.

Meeting Notes

Members of the Corporation

The names of Corporation members are listed below. Members serve for a period of four years at a time and give their services without being paid.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, MA SEN, PGCE, SpLD Dip, SpLD Cert (Principal)

Pat Brennan-Barrett, MA SEN, PGCE, SpLD Dip, SpLD Cert (Principal)

Pat has 25 years of senior leadership experience in education with a wide portfolio including schools and colleges . She has expertise in : Quality, change management, finance, resource management, performance management, project management, estates development, data and statistical analysis, funding, education reform and change management.She has extensive knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment, with a specialism in SpLD. She...

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Prof Geraldine Schofield MBE (Chair of Corporation)

Prof Geraldine Schofield MBE (Chair of Corporation)

I am a microbiologist who has worked in academia (Universities of Newcastle, Cologne, Milan), the public sector (Public Health Service) and the private sector. I have authored a large number of scientific publications including chapters in two of the standard microbiological texts. Latterly I was a senior manager with Unilever plc becoming global Head of Regulatory Affairs Foods R&D. I...

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Dr Philip Hilton (Vice Chair of Corporation)

Dr Philip Hilton (Vice Chair of Corporation)

Educated at Cambridge and Liverpool Universities, I have a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry. My career has been in the plastics and packaging industries, initially in operations and then in running businesses. I was a director of RPC Group Plc, Europe’s leading manufacturer of rigid plastics packaging (headquartered in Rushden). Latterly I was based in Germany, with responsibility for a division...

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Bill Chalker

Bill Chalker

After 38 years as a career banker and two years consulting I have retired to focus on supporting my family in particular our first two grandchildren. My banking career followed a non-traditional path through the branch hierarchy up to lending manager but also included several years as a technical lecturer for bank managers. I then moved into Cash Management, enabling...

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Dr Roger Morris OBE

Dr Roger Morris OBE

I was born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, UK, and brought up in St Helens, Lancashire, from where I attended Liverpool College (1955-64) and read Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge (1964-67). I was also awarded the postgraduate Cambridge LL.B and LL.M degrees in 1971 and 1975 respectively, and a PhD at Leicester University in 2015.After early career experience in local government law at...

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David Smith

David Smith

After graduating from the University of Hertfordshire as a scientist, I have worked for The Open University in a number of operational and strategic roles. I’m currently a Strategy Manager working alongside the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Team to manage the process of reporting and analysing institutional performance. I’m also responsible for the development and review of the University Strategy and...

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Ellen Buttler

Ellen Buttler

My current position as Director for Initial Teacher Training (FE and Skills) at the University of Warwick, requires me to quality assure and quality improve teacher training provision across 7 General Further Education Colleges in the Midlands. Prior to this I worked in further education for 23 years. My teaching career started in 1991. I quickly moved in to a...

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Julia Harley

Julia Harley

A teacher first and foremost, I have been working in schools throughout my adult life. The early part of my career brought together two passions: the pedagogy of science teaching and teacher continuing professional development. Through this I worked on national initiatives including the development of the new National Curriculum for Science, GCSE Science Assessment and the assessment of student...

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Mark Hall

Mark Hall

I am Director of Finance at the University of Northampton, where I also look after IT and estates. I have worked at the university since 2004.I have a mathematics and statistics degree from Warwick University and am also a qualified accountant.After training at a firm of chartered accountants, I have gone on to work mainly in public funded bodies, including...

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Robert Davey

Robert Davey

I am a Corporate banker for Barclays in Northampton but I have a varied background and unlike most have never worked in a branch!Following a Business degree at University, my career began on the graduate program for Enterprise Rent-a-car gaining promotion from my native East Anglia bringing me to the area and branch manager in Milton Keynes.After 4 years, I...

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Tracey Branson

Tracey Branson

I have worked for the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce since 2002, fulfilling various roles within the Human Resource department allowing me to complete my CIPD qualification in February 2007 and becoming a MCIPD in January 2008. After the spilt of Business Link and Chamber In April 2007 I took on the boarder remit of Head of Corporate Services and a...

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Martin James (Staff Governor)

Martin James (Staff Governor)

I have worked for Northampton college as a lecturer in the Engineering department since 2003. I have delivered both theory and practical to level 1, 2 and 3 students in my career as well as apprentices in the electrical trade at my time at the college. Prior to joining Northampton College, I was a Manager in a Northampton based electrical...

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Henry Osborne (Student Governor)

Henry Osborne (Student Governor)

Henry Osborne, is the President of the Students’ Union and a Student Governor. He is studying A Levels in history, geography and English literature. Henry’s fellow students encouraged him to apply for this role as he was so enthusiastic.“As President my main goal is to unify students and listen to the student voice regardless of sex, race, religion, sexual orientation...

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Henrietta Boatema Appiah (Student Governor)

Henrietta Boatema Appiah (Student Governor)

Henrietta is studying applied science and aims to go on to university to read medicine after her time at Northampton College.  “As a student governor I will gather students’ feedback and ideas and ensure they are represented at college governors’ meetings. By talking to other students and taking their ideas to the board I hope that people at Northampton College will...

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Contact the Clerk

The Clerk administers Corporation business, ensuring that meetings are arranged and conducted in accordance with the Instrument and Articles and Standing Orders.
For more information about the Corporation, its structure, or for information on meeting dates, agendas and minutes contact the Clerk.
Julie Brasier
Clerk to the Corporation
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Become a Governor

The Corporation has a Search and Governance Committee which is responsible for making recommendations for appointment. If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact the Clerk using the details above.

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Cristin Cotetchi

Cristin Cotetchi

When Cristin Cotetchi arrived in the UK from his homeland of Moldova he was only able to say his name. But after embracing college life and developing a love of...

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