A 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:
Freedom of Information Officer
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.
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:
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Northampton College is committed to delivering the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. We embrace our statutory duty to fulfil our obligations under the public sector duty for those with protected characteristics and are committed to eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
The College requires its staff to behave according to it values. These values are published and embedded into staff induction and management processes.
As a learning organisation, the College seeks to foster and promote good relations within communities and across groups of people with the aim of positively influencing beliefs and values.
As a further education college, we recognise our duty to:
There are nine protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010:
To view our latest reports/policies please click on one of the following links:
Our mission is to provide our community with the opportunity to develop through learning.
As an inclusive general further education college, we are committed to serving our learners by:
In line with our Mission, Vision and Values, we have developed a Strategic Development Plan.
We are very proud of our efforts in supporting students on a wide range of available courses with progression routes from entry level through to Higher Education opportunities. Alongside academic qualifications we have a comprehensive work based offer including apprenticeships.
Our teachers, assessors and support staff are dedicated and experienced professionals and in many cases former industry experts. All staff strive to make the learning experience for students as dynamic and engaging as possible so that time spent here at Northampton College is rewarding and enjoyable.
All of our students have the opportunity to take English and maths qualifications alongside their chosen pathway and this helps them to access the best employment opportunities or progress rapidly within current employment.
Through seeking feedback from students and employers, we update our practice continuously so that it meets our students' individual needs for learning, achievement and future goals.
The Principal, Pat Brennan-Barrett, leads a senior team responsible for managing the business areas of the College and developing, delivering and managing the curriculum. The curriculum is delivered through six Schools.
The College provides a service for local employers and we respond to their needs through our Business Centre, based at Booth Lane. We can help businesses to access government funding to provide Apprenticeships. We also offer a broad range of training options funded by other organisations such as the European Social Fund (ESF).
Staff are given every opportunity to develop their skills and we are committed to supporting a professionally-qualified and experienced workforce.
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|Legal framework||Further and Higher Education Act 1992||HMSO Website|
|Instrument and Articles of Governance||Request in writing|
|How the College is organised||Organisation chart||Request in writing|
|Corporation structure||Available on College website|
|Corporation membership||Available on College website|
|Organisations with whom the College works in partnership||Business and community organisations||Request in writing|
|Location and contact details||College site maps and directions||Available on College website|
|Student activities||Student Union||Request in writing|
|Enrichment programme||Available on College website|
|Financial information||Annual accounts||Request in writing|
|Annual budget||Request in writing|
|Financial audit reports||Request in writing|
|Capital expenditure budget||Request in writing|
|Property strategy||Request in writing|
|Financial regulations including procurement procedures||Request in writing|
|Staff pay and grading structures||Request in writing|
|Pensions (Local Govt and Teachers' schemes)||Request in writing|
|REgister of suppliers||Request in writing|
|Contracts||Request in writing|
|Travel and subsistence allowances||Request in writing|
|Corporation and business plans||College Strategic Development Plan||Request in writing|
|Annual Operating Objectives||Request in writing|
|Annual Report||Available on college website|
|Teaching and Learning Strategy/Academic Quality and Standards||Quality Manual||Request in writing|
|Self Assessment Report||Request in writing|
|Quality Improvement Plan||Request in writing|
|Curriculum Development Plan||Request in writing|
|Examinations regulations/timetable||Request in writing|
|External review information||Board minutes||Request in writing|
|Ofsted AAV reports||Request in writing|
|Corporate relations||Links with stakeholders||Request in writing|
|Government and regulatory reports||Ofsted inspection reports||Request in writing|
|QAA reviews of HE provision||Request in writing|
|Annual accounts||Request in writing|
|Board minutes and other groups||Agendas and public minutes of full Corporation meetings||Available on college website|
|Agendas and public minutes of Corporation Committees||Request in writing|
|Diversity Forum minutes||Request in writing|
|Students' Union meeting minutes||Request in writing|
|Safeguarding Group meeting minutes||Request in writing|
|Policies and procedures for conducting college business||Scheme of delegation||Request in writing|
|Standing orders||Request in writing|
|Instruments and articles of government||Request in writing|
|Financial regulations||Request in writing|
|Corporation Code of Conduct||Request in writing|
|Procedures and policies relating to academic services||Student complaints procedure||Available on college website|
|Student appeals procedure||Request in writing|
|Admissions Policy||Available here|
|Assessment Policy||Request in writing|
|Plagiarism Policy||Request in writing|
|Procedures and policies (Student Services)||Full time and Part time course fees information||Available on college website|
|Admissions and enrolment information||Available on college website|
|Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy||Request in writing|
|Data protection guidelines||Request in writing|
|Student Charter/Handbook||Request in writing|
|Student Behaviour and Disciplinary Policy||Request in writing|
|Student Bursary Policy||Available on college website|
|Alcohol and Drugs Policy||Request in writing|
|Student complaints procedure||Available on college website|
|Higher education complaints procedure||Available on college website|
|Additional Learning Support information||Available on college website|
|Safeguarding Policy||Available on college website|
|Current course directory and course information||Full-time
|Students' Union constitution||Request in writing|
|Student Voice surveys||Request in writing|
|Procedures relating to Human Resources||HR Strategy||Request in writing|
|Generic terms and conditions of employment||Request in writing|
|Probationary Policy||Request in writing|
|Grievance procedures||Request in writing|
|Harassment & Bullying Policy||Available on college website|
|Sickness Absence Policy and procedure||Request in writing|
|Capability Policy||Request in writing|
|Disciplinary Policy||Available on college website|
|Staff Development Policy||Request in writing|
|Staff vacancies||Available on college website|
|CRB guidelines||Request in writing|
|Equality and Diversity report||Available on college website|
|Gender pay gap report||Available on college website|
|Staff/student profiles||Request in writing|
|Appraisal Scheme||Request in writing|
|Health & Safety||Health & Safety Policy||Request in writing|
|Health & Safety Committee||Request in writing|
|Disaster management and Business Continuity Plan||Request in writing|
|Complaints policies procedures||Student complaints procedure||Available on college website|
|Academic and vocational appeals procedure||Request in writing|
|Data policies||Data Protection Policy - student data||Request in writing|
|Data Protection Policy - HR data||Request in writing|
|Fees policy||Tuition Fees Policy||Request in writing|
|Course fee information||Request in writing|
|Lists and registers||Corporation members' register of interests||Request in writing|
|Asset register||Request in writing|
|Disclosure logs||Freedom of Information disclosure log||Request in writing|
|Facilities||College sites||Available on college website|
|Refectories||Available on college website|
|Restaurants||Available on college website|
|Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Salons||Available on college website|
|Student Services/Marketing||Advice and Guidance||Available on college website|
|Access/facilities for students with disabilities||Available on college website|
|Enrichment programme||Available on college website|
|Welfare facilities||Request in writing|
|Course directories and online course information||Available on college website|
|Open Events||Available on college website|
|Information for students||Available on college website|
|Events schedule||Available on college website|
|Media releases||Available on college website|
|Conference facilities||Request in writing|