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As part of our Futures service, our Schools Liaison Team work closely with schools, sixth forms, academies and IAG providers across Northamptonshire and surrounding counties delivering useful and relevant information to students.

Having once again secured Matrix accreditation in 2018, we have been recognised as being able to offer impartial information to support young people to make well informed, realistic decisions about their options, education and future career choices.

As qualified and experienced careers advisors, we are passionate about raising aspirations and motivating/empowering young people by providing them with advice and guidance when making their next step and considering their future.

What can we offer you?

Our team visit your school, work closely with your staff and advise pupils to increase awareness of the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. With extensive knowledge of vocational courses and progression routes, we can support you to meet the relevant requirement of the Gatsby benchmarks to provide your students with an encounter with a further education provider.

‘Igniting the Spark’ Initiative

One of our most recent successes has been our ‘Igniting the Spark’ initiative, a drive to encourage young people to consider courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. As part of this, we invited groups of year 10 and 11 pupils from local schools into college to participate in a series of workshops led by The National Space Academy.

One year 10 student said: “I enjoyed learning about the theory side of space and combining this with the practical elements. I hope to go to university and continue my studies in science and maths.”

Patrick Leavey, Deputy Principal at Northampton College, said: “These workshops offer a compelling insight into what it would be like to both study STEM subjects and work in that field in the future. It was wonderful to see the students so engaged with their learning, having fun and discovering exciting new techniques.”

Schools were also invited to compete in a low carbon STEM related practical challenge on a large scaffold system. This exciting event saw teams of eight working together to install a solar powered water system.

Paul Nelson, from sponsors Kier, said: “It’s been fantastic to see the students working as a team to solve problems to the challenges they were presented with. Their work was extremely impressive and it’s great to see the future is in such good shape.”

Amy Ball, a Business Administration apprentice who formed a part of the winning team, said: “It was brilliant to take part in The Big Rig, which is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It made me think about things in a completely different way and has improved my teamwork, communication and leadership skills. I’ve learnt a lot and made new friends along the way.”

Other liaison opportunities

We are happy to be involved in a variety of events including:

  • Assemblies
  • Parents’ evenings
  • Careers fairs
  • Workshops.
Tours of the College and taster sessions for groups of students can also be arranged.

To find out more information, make a booking or to be added to the mailing list for schools liaison updates, please contact Kirsty Dyson, IAG & Schools Liaison Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our report and financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2018 can be found here.


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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.

To register for one of our Open Events please click on your prefered date from the list below. Please register at our Lower Mounts Campus for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.

Booth Lane

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 5pm - 7.30pm

Lower Mounts

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 5pm - 7.30pm

See our FAQs about Open Events here

Link to virtual tour

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College term dates (2018/2019)

Autumn Term - First half term Monday 10 September to Friday 19 October 2018
Study Review Week Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018
Autumn Term - Second half term Monday 29 October to Tuesday 18 December 2018
Spring Term starts Monday 7 January 2019
Study Review Week Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019
Easter break Monday 8 April to Monday 22 April 2019
May Day Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019
GSCE English and maths exams w/c 20 May, w/c 3 June, w/c 10 June
Half Term Week Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019
Teaching stops for summer break Saturday 22 June 2019
Level 3 results published Thursday 15 August 2019
Level 2 results published Thursday 22 August 2019

*Formal teaching after Friday 24 May is likely to be interrupted as the College enters an intense examination period (including GCSE English and maths). Student timetables will continue into the exam period and beyond so that appropriate revision, preparation for exams and completion of course work is facilitated.

Higher Education term dates (2018/19)

Autumn Term Monday 1 October to Friday 14 December 2018
Study Review Week Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018
Spring Term Monday 7 January to Friday 29 March 2019
Study Review Week Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019
Easter break Monday 1 April to Monday 22 April 2019
May Day Bank holiday Monday 6 May 2019
Summer Term Tuesday 23 April to Friday 14 June 2019

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

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