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Your chance to see what college life is all about

We think you’ll love what you see when you come to visit us at one of our open events. These run throughout the year and you can attend as many as you like to get advice, see the facilities and talk to tutors as well current students.

Our prospectus and website contains all the information you’ll need to know about study programmes and your college experience. But there is no replacement for seeing it all for yourself at an open event.

We’d like you to register here before you come to an event so we know to expect you. It also means we don’t have to delay you when you arrive by asking for your details. We collect them at registration so we can keep in touch and make sure you feel welcome before you enrol.

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College term dates (2015/2016)

Autumn Term - First half term Monday 7 September 2015 to Thursday 22 October 2015
Study Review Week Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2015
Autumn Term - Second half term Monday 2 November to Saturday 19 December 2015
Spring Term starts Monday 4 January 2016
Study Review Week Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2016
Easter break Friday 25 March to Friday 8 April 2016
May Day Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2016
Half Term Week Monday 30 May 2016 to Friday 3 June 2016
Teaching stops for Summer Break Friday 24 June 2016
Level 3 results published Thursday 18 August 2016
Level 2 results published Thursday 25 August 2016

Higher Education term dates (2015/16)

Autumn Term - First half term 21 September 2015 (Yr 1)/ 28 September 2015 (Yr2)
Study Review Week Monday 26 October 2015 to Friday 31 October 2015
Autumn Term - Second half term Monday 2 November 2015 to Friday 18 December 2015
Spring Term starts Monday 4 January 2016
Study Review Week Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2016
Easter break Thursday 24 March to Friday 15 April 2016
Summer term starts Monday 18 April 2016
Summer break starts Friday 27 May 2016

College opening times

Monday 8.45am - 5.15pm
Tuesday - Thursday 8.45am - 9pm
Friday 8.45am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 4.30pm*

* Lower Mounts only

 

During holidays

Monday - Thursday 8.45am - 5.15pm
Friday 8.45am - 5pm

Northampton College is committed to delivering the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. We embrace our statutory duty to fulfil our obligations under the public sector duty for those with protected characteristics and are committed to eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

The College requires its staff to behave according to it values. These values are published and embedded into staff induction and management processes.

As a learning organisation, the College seeks to foster and promote good relations within communities and across groups of people with the aim of positively influencing beliefs and values.

As a further education college, we recognise our duty to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity for those with protected characteristics
  • Foster good relations between those who share protected characteristics and those who do not.

There are nine protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Religion/belief
  • Pregnancy/maternity
  • Marriage and civil partnership.

Please see our latest Equality and Diversity report and action plan here and our Diversity booklet here.

n college building retouched and cropped and croppedA publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring the College to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.

Northampton College’s scheme follows the model publication scheme produced for further education colleges by the Office of the Information Commissioner.

The publication scheme is a guide to the information we make available to the public as part of our normal business activities. The information covered is included in the following classes:

The scheme is not a list of actual publications, because these will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is however, the College's commitment to make available the information described.

A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories of information published. It must make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.

Accessing information covered by the publication scheme

To request information available through our publication scheme, please contact:

Sarah Collins
Freedom of Information Officer
Northampton College
Booth Lane
Northampton
NN3 3RF

Where possible we intend to progressively publish all documents covered by the scheme in electronic format via our website although at present most documents are available in hard copy only.

What about information not covered by the publication scheme?

You have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by a public authority which it has not already made available through its publication scheme.

Requests should be made in writing and, in general, public authorities will have 20 working days to respond. They may charge a fee, which will be calculated according to fees regulations. They will not be required to release information to which an exemption in the Act legitimately applies. However, public authorities may be required to explain to the applicant why they are not releasing information and they may also have to justify this to the Information Commissioner.

Feedback

It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to the named contact above.

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

students jumpingOfsted recorded a judgement of ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness as the outcome of its full inspection of Northampton College in February 2013.

The whole-college inspection judged that success rates were high in the majority of subjects, that teaching and learning was good, and that college resources were of a very high quality.

The result represented the best outcome from an Ofsted inspection in the College’s history and provides fitting recognition of the considerable progress the College has made over recent years in improving the quality of teaching and learning, alongside its significant capital re-building programme that has delivered world class facilities for our students.

The inspection report highlights exceptionally positive feedback from our students whom Ofsted recognised as valuing their college experience and contributing very well to college life.

The report is an important document that will provide the foundation to ensure even greater progress in the future. Ofsted’s judgements have provided us with a clear agenda to follow in making Northampton College an outstanding place to learn.

The Ofsted report notes that:

  • Success rates for the large majority of subjects are high
  • Teaching promotes students’ good skills development and prepares them well for progression into employment or further education
  • The inclusive culture promotes a high level of recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of abilities, many of whom are successful in gaining qualifications and progressing to higher levels of study
  • Resources and accommodation are almost all of a very high quality and are used very effectively; the learning environment is safe, very well-maintained and welcoming
  • Students contribute very well to college life and are mostly highly satisfied with their experience
  • Managers take very effective action to ensure strong and sustained improvement in most provision
  • Governors are very knowledgeable and provide well-informed and constructive challenge to managers in order to promote improvement.

Read the latest Ofsted report in full

Ofsted Good
 

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