Welcome from Pat Brennan-Barrett OBE

CEO and Principal, Northampton College

Image of Northampton College CEO and Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett.

At Northampton College, every student is an individual and we are committed to ensuring all students are given a platform to fully achieve their potential, no matter what comes our way.

Having secured a rating of ‘Good’ with Outstanding features from Ofsted in 2018, and ranking seventh out of almost 200 colleges nationally for 16 to 18-year-old education and training, Northampton College is officially the fifth best performing college in the country, with significant strengths in health and social care, engineering, creative industries, construction, catering and digital.

Preparing the leaders and employers of the future

Boosting Britain’s skills is more important than ever before, and we remain determined to build an inclusive talent pipeline of people that meet local, regional and national skills needs. Our students will be the UK’s new workforce, equipped with the attributes and skills required for our modern, dynamic, and competitive economy.

We have developed a range of exciting courses at a variety of levels for students of all ages. Many of our courses are funded by the Education Funding Agency (ESFA). Students can choose a full or part-time study programme, T Level, A Level programme, university level course, apprenticeship, a short course or even decide to study entirely from home with a distance learning course.

With our support, thousands of students have progressed to their next destination – whether it be to the next level in their education, or into their chosen career.

So, join us on our journey to outstanding and unlock your potential.

Putting Skills in Focus

Over the coming years, we have much to do, and our vision and mission for 2023-2026 has been adapted to reflect the world we find ourselves in.


Our Annual Accountability Statement also sets out how we plan to contribute to national, regional and local skills priorities for the coming year.


  • Our purpose

    To support students and employers through outstanding education, training and skills development, to ensure their economic and social success.

  • Our mission

    To enhance the lives of our students and other customers, maximising their potential through learning.

  • Our vision

    To raise levels of knowledge and skills amongst our learners, set high expectations for achievement, and work to improve employment and community cohesion within Northamptonshire.

  • Our values

    • Strive to always be excellent

    • Respect and support each other

    • Put students at the heart of our college

    • Ensure the wellbeing of staff and students, build resilience, and celebrate differences

    • Make sure employer needs are at the heart of our plans

    • Be a positive influence in our community.

Working in partnership

Key to the success of the College has been ­­­the strong partnerships formed with businesses, educational establishments, civic and other partners, ensuring they are at the heart of post-16 skills.

We are proud of our relationships with external stakeholders such as the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), with whom we work to engage with the very latest skills strategies and address these as part of our curriculum map.

The College provides a service for local employers, responding to the needs of businesses and helping them to access government funding to provide Apprenticeships. 

West Northamptonshire Council
European Social Fund
National Careers Service
North Northamptonshire Council
Education & Skills Funding Agency
Northampton Rights & Equality Council
Northamptonshire Chamber