futures team

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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College term dates (2019/2020)

Autumn Term - First half term Monday 9 September to Friday 25 October 2019
Study Review Week Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2019
Autumn Term - Second half term Monday 4 November to Friday 13 December 2019
Spring Term starts Monday 6 January 2020
Study Review Week Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020
Easter break Monday 6 April to Friday 17 April 2020
May Day Bank Holiday Friday 8 May 2020
GSCE English and maths exams w/c 18 May, w/c 1 June, w/c 8 June
Half Term Week Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May 2020
Teaching stops for summer break Friday 19 June 2020
Level 3 results published Thursday 20 August 2020
Level 2 results published Thursday 20 August 2020

*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 (2019/20)

Welcome week for first year students Monday, 23 September to Friday, 27 September 2019
Autumn Term Monday, 30 September to Friday, 13 December 2019
Study Review Week Monday, 28 October to Friday, 1 October 2019
Spring Term Monday, 6 January to Friday, 3 April 2020
Study Review Week Monday, 17 February to Friday, 21 February 2020
Easter break Monday, 6 April to Friday, 17 April 2020
May Day Bank holiday Friday, 8 May 2019
Summer Term Monday, 20 April to Friday, 19 June 2020
Study Review Week Monday, 25 May to Friday, 29 May 2020


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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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 preferred date from the list below.
Please register at our Lower Mounts Campus for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.

Booth Lane
Tuesday, 11 February 2020 - 5pm - 7.30pm
Saturday, 14 March 2020 - 10am - 1pm
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 - 5pm – 7.30pm

Lower Mounts
Tuesday, 11 February 2020 - 5pm - 7.30pm
Saturday, 14 March 2020 - 10am - 1pm
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 - 5pm – 7.30pm

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 - 5pm – 7pm


See our FAQs about Open Events 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:

Steve Rankine
Freedom of Information Officer
Northampton College
Booth Lane

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.


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
Cheshire SK9 5AF

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