retouched ofsted pic 2Ofsted has endorsed the achievement of Northampton College’s highest ever success rates, recording a judgement of ‘Good’ with outstanding features following its latest inspection.

The whole-college inspection, carried out by a team from Ofsted during the week of Monday, 29 October 2018, judges that teaching and learning are good, pass rates are high and that college resources are of a very high quality.

The report reveals special praise for the college’s High Needs provision, which is rated ‘outstanding’ – the highest possible grade. It states that High Needs students make exceptional progress with their independent living skills and with their achievement of qualifications.

Other highlights include:


  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. Most teaching enables students and apprentices to develop good standards of practical skills rapidly.
  • The large majority of students make good progress.
  • The college has increased the proportion of students who achieve their qualifications.
  • The college uses its good links with employers and the local community to ensure that the courses it offers meet local and regional skills needs.
  • Students improve their skills in English well. They quickly learn to use vocational and technical terminology precisely and confidently.
  • Students and apprentices make good progress in improving their mathematics. They carry out relevant mathematical calculations accurately and interpret the results confidently.
  • Teachers have high expectations of their students. They agree challenging targets and grades for them to achieve.
  • Students gain from the expertise of teachers who are vocationally qualified and up-to-date with industry practices.
  • Students and apprentices enjoy their learning and most produce work of a high standard.
  • Teachers and assessors make good links between theory and practice. Students in particular make rapid progress in developing practical skills at college.
  • Teachers direct questions skilfully to students to check and deepen their understanding. They develop their confidence in using technical and often complex terminology correctly and fluently.
  • Students make good progress in developing their confidence, self-esteem and skills for work.

Ofsted inspectors find that students and apprentices feel safe at college, on work-experience placements and at work. They also comment that student behaviour is exemplary.

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 on our continuing journey to excellence across the College.

A full copy of the Ofsted report is available online at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/31/130769

 

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This promotion is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), excluding employees of Northampton College and their families and its agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.

Parental consent required for any entrant who is under 18 years of age.

The closing date for this promotion is Friday, 16 November 2018 at 6pm. Any surveys received after this time and date will not be entered in to the prize draw.

How to enter: No purchase necessary. Answer our survey and you will be automatically entered into the promotion. One entry per person only.

The prize is £15 worth of Amazon vouchers and the winner will be drawn at random from responses received under independent supervision and will be contacted by email/telephone by Monday, 19 November.

In the event the claim for the prize is not received by Northampton College within 28 days of prize notification, Northampton College reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prizes to a reserve selected at the same time as the original.

The prize will be available for collection from Booth Lane reception only.

No responsibility can be taken for entries which are lost, delayed, corrupted, damaged, misdirected or incomplete or which cannot be delivered for any technical, delivery or other reason. Numerous factors outside the control of Northampton College may interfere with the operation of the website.

There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part except in the event of circumstances outside its reasonable control, Northampton College reserves the right to substitute an alternative of equal or greater value. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Northampton College, the winner is not allowed to transfer the prize to anyone else.

Northampton College reserves the right to verify the winner and withdraw prize entitlement or refuse to award the prize where there is, or Northampton College has reason to believe there is, or has been, a breach of these terms and conditions including multiple entry or the spirit of the promotion has been compromised.

The name and county of the winner will be available by calling 01604 734342 within 3 months of the closing date. By entering this promotion, you consent to the use of this information being used in this manner.

The winner agrees to reasonable post event publicity by the promoter with no further recompense.

Any question concerning the legal interpretation of these terms & conditions will be based on English law and the Courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction.

Promoter: Northampton College Booth Lane, Northampton NN3

daventry workshop event
The 'Daventry Green Project' offers a unique opportunity to take part in one of our free eco-friendly workshops and experience the type of teaching you’ll recieve every day if you join us in September.

There’s an exciting range of workshops to choose from in the subjects we currently offer at our Daventry Campus. You can choose from any of our hour long workshops including how to make money from recycled materials, using natural objects to make children’s toys and creating ocean inspired hairstyles, plus many more!

The event will take place on Monday, 18 June from 4.30pm - 6pm.

Click here to register for your free ticket.

As part of the event, there will be a FREE BBQ and opportunity to mingle with fellow applicants. Friends and family are welcome to take part in the event but they will need their own ticket.

Please note that the workshops will begin at 4.30pm so please arrive no later than 4.15pm.

 

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Our new Advanced Construction Engineering (ACE) Centre at Booth Lane will be open from September 2019.

Building on the College’s existing Construction, Engineering and Electrical expertise and resource, this new state of the art facility will provide places for up to 350 students and apprentices, and will focus on developing the future skills needed for the most up to date construction and engineering technologies.

We are now seeking to recruit staff who have a strong interest in education and training within Construction and the Built Environment to support our new curriculum.

Courses will be offered in the following disciplines:

• Brickwork, paving and stone masonry
• Plastering – solid and fibrous
• Construction plant mechanics
• Plumbing and gas
• Electrical installations
• Multi Skills – mechanical/electrical
• Painting, decorating and interior design
• Building services engineering – electrical
• Building services engineering - mechanical
• Construction – project management

Coming soon – End Point Assessment Centre for construction crafts, electrical, plumbing and gas.

We are looking for:

• current industry skilled practitioners
• current teachers
• retiring armed forces personnel
• recent university graduates

We need:

• Staff to teach theoretical and practical aspects of our courses
• Assessors for Apprenticeship programmes
• Technicians to support students in practical workshop settings
• Teaching co-ordinators
• Learning Support Assistants.

You do not have to be a qualified teacher/trainer as full support will be provided to help you achieve teaching, training and assessor qualifications. We are offering attractive rates of pay, pension schemes and holiday allowances for those with the skills we are looking for. Full-time, part-time and flexible working opportunities are available.

So, if you’re looking for a new challenge, or want to discover how your skills can transfer to a different sector, don’t miss the opportunity to attend our recruitment fair.

Click on one of the dates below to book your place.

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 5pm – 7pm

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 5pm – 7pm

Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton NN3 3RF

For further information, please call 01604 734059
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Northampton College is proud to announce that it has soared 178 places in the 2016/17 National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) rankings in just three years to become the leading provider of Further Education in the region. Data released shows that Northampton College is now ranked 31st out of more than 200 colleges for 16 to 18-year-old education and training.

The table, which was put together by the Department for Education, demonstrates the success of the College’s long-term strategy to increase student achievement rates through strong and supportive leadership and high quality teaching.

The transformation has also seen a major improvement in GCSE resit maths and English pass rates for 16 to 18-year-old students, with the College now ranked 15th nationally for maths and 18th overall for English.

The College performed well across all levels of course provision coming out as the best college in the East Midlands region for Level 1, 2 and 3 courses.

*Overall student achievement rate
Source: DfE National Achievement Rate Tables 2016/17

What have we done to achieve this?

  • Teaching, learning and assessment are good with some outstanding practice. This has resulted in improving student progress and high pass rates.

  • High overall pass rates for 95% of students with a four-year improvement trend.

  • A creditable record for GCSE English and maths high grade outcomes over three years placing the College 18th and 15th respectively in the national league tables.

  • The outstanding learning environment, together with a developing culture of high expectation and support gives many students a new perspective on learning, leading to 97% progressing to further study within the College at the same or a higher level. Of those who completed a Level 3 qualification in 2016/17 27% went into employment/training, 25% went to higher education and 48% went to other education.

  • The college experience gained a ringing endorsement in the Department for Education’s national survey with overall satisfaction improving by 12% to just under 90%.

  • The College has once again secured a financially outstanding grade from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Sustained astute financial management has enabled investment in curriculum and quality improvement, state of the art facilities, materials and equipment which are highly valued and support a very effective student experience.

  • The College maintains strong relationships with its external stakeholders. Successful and productive partnerships with employers, the community, partner Higher Education institutions and other agencies exist. These strong partnerships support the College in its commitment to facilitate work experience and appropriate progression opportunities for its students.

  • Excellent links are in place with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise partnership (SEMLEP) and the College continues to engage with the skills strategies of SEMLEP ensuring that these are developed as part of its curriculum map.

  • Improved and robust business and curriculum planning has helped to secure a viable offer for the county and supports the needs of students, employers, the local community, feeder schools and partners for progression beyond further education. In 2016/17, new courses were introduced such as Level 2 and Level 3 Games Design, PR and Journalism, and Digital Design which are now oversubscribed and lead to local, regional and national opportunities for students to work or access higher education in these sectors.

  • Course planning during 2016/17 has led to the introduction of further new provision in 2017/18, such as a Foundation Arts programme at Levels 3 and 4, Tattoo Illustration at Levels 2 and 3 and a new apprenticeship standard for the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR).

  • The student voice is carefully considered and the most recent FE Choices survey revealed a positive 89.9% score overall for student satisfaction. Student focus group feedback and student council representatives inform staff of areas that need improvement as well as areas of strength. 86% of students would recommend the College as a place of learning (based on 1,520 responses to the Ofsted Learner View survey).

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