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Northampton College is proud to announce that it is now one of the top performing colleges in the country having enjoyed a dramatic four-year turnaround.

Data released as part of the latest 2017/18 National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) shows Northampton College is ranked 11th out of more than 200 colleges for 16 to 18-year-old education and training.

That represents a rise of 198 places in the rankings in just four years, to become the leading provider of Further Education in the South East Midlands and among the very best in the whole country.

The data has revealed that 95 per cent of Northampton College students pass their course, coming out as the best college in the South East Midlands region for achievement at level 1, 2 and 3. Performance in maths and English is also well above the national average.

The data backs up the findings of a recent Ofsted inspection which rated the college as ‘Good with Outstanding features’.

*16-18 timely student achievement rate.
Source: DfE National Achievement Rate Tables 2017/18

What have we done to achieve this?

  • The College was rated as ‘good’ with outstanding features by Ofsted in October 2018.

  • High overall pass rates for 95% of students with 94% progressing to further study or employment.

  • A credible record for GCSE English and maths with achievement rates of 86.5% and 86.7% respectively - 4% above the national average.

  • 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 2017/18, new courses were introduced in construction such as Painting, Decorating and Interior Design, Plumbing and Heating, Carpentry, Joinery and Theatre/Film Set production and Civil Engineering designed to tackle the skills shortages threatening to hit the construction industry in Northamptonshire and beyond. Games Design and Software Development and Coding were added to our Daventry Campus offer, and Tattooing and Illustration was added at Level 3. A new apprenticeship standard in shoe manufacturing was also launched in partnership with the British Footwear Association (BFA).

  • A robust focus on teaching and learning encapsulated in initiatives such as ‘readiness to learn’. Ofsted said “students and apprentices have positive attitudes towards their learning and so they turn up to their lessons prepared and ready to learn.

  • Expectations - Ofsted noted ‘teachers have high expectations of their students’.

  • Progress – Ofsted said “teachers agree challenging targets for their students. They monitor closely students’ progress towards their targets and provide them with helpful feedback that helps them to improve.”

  • Support for students – all staff are committed to ensuring students reach their full potential. As a result, students make good progress in developing their confidence, self-esteem and skills for work. “Teachers and support staff work very well together to support students in lessons. They provide highly effective support that is proportionate to students’ needs.” (Ofsted)

  • All college staff have embraced an ethos of support for students which means there are negligible gaps in performance between different groups of students. “Students value highly the support for learning they receive both in and out of lessons.” (Ofsted)

  • The student voice is carefully considered and the most recent ‘on-programme survey’ revealed 89% would recommend the College as a place of learning (based on 2,069 responses).

  • The outstanding learning environment, together with a developing culture of high expectation and support gives many students a new perspective on learning, leading to 69% progressing to further study within FE and 5% moving on to HE. A further 15% moved into employment with an additional 5% taking up apprenticeship offers. Leaving 6% who gained part time employment, took a gap year or engaged in voluntary activity.

  • 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.

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We are proud members of the Certification Scheme for Welder Training Organisations (CSWTO), from TWI Certification Ltd (TWI CL).  TWI Cl is part of The Welding Institute Group. The Welding Institute is the leading professional engineering institution for people involved in welding and joining.

The CSWTO certification assures that our fully-trained tutors, facilities, equipment and teaching materials meet the standards required by industry. CSWIP Welding Instructors are competent to work according to the main international welding standards.

We can provide training if you work in any of the following roles:

• Fitter Welder

• Pipe Fitter

• Maintenance Welding Operative

• Sheet Metal Worker

• Plater Fabricator

• Welder.

Our training is delivered in accordance with international welding standards to the following welding standards:

• BSEN 9606

• ASME 1X

• BSEN 4872.

Successful welder assessments can gain CSWIP Welder certification against the relevant standard/code (eg ISO 9606-1, ASME IX, AWS D 1.1)

Our welder training also satisfies the entry requirements for the CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector examination. So, our welding trainees can add a CSWIP 3.0 Visual Welding Inspector certificate to their course achievements. No specific experience is required but it is recommended that candidates possess a minimum of six months' welding-related engineering experience and two years' industrial experience.

This CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector certificiation qualification is suitable for:

• Welders

• Operators

• Line inspectors

• Quality control staff associated with welding

• Staff who need basic training in welding inspection coupled with certification in this field.

Contact us for more information on our welding programmes through our Active College Training and Information System
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This promotion is open to Adult Learner Loan students of Northampton College excluding employees of Northampton College and their families and its agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.

How to enter: No purchase necessary. Complete the Adult Learner Loan survey by Friday 15 December 2017 and you will be automatically entered into the promotion. One entry per person only.

The prize is a set of Apple AirPods in white. The winner will be drawn at random under independent supervision and will be contacted by email/telephone on Monday 18 December 2017.

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 need to be collected in person from Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton NN3 3RF.

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 right to take up 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 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 3RF.

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