art exhibition northampton train stationArt students at Northampton College are on track to have their work seen by thousands of train travellers thanks to a new public display at the town’s railway station.

With the college unable to hold its annual art exhibition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have finally been able to see their work go on show thanks to a new partnership with London Northwestern Railway.

More than 40 pieces of work across all areas of the art curriculum will be on display on the overbridge at the station, showcasing painting, photography, sculpture, fashion, digital design and millinery.

Sophie Pennington, curriculum manager of arts, design and photography at Northampton College, said: “The station gallery is a chance to celebrate the fantastic artwork our students have produced over the past 12 months, there’s a real eclectic mix and it was so hard to narrow it down, it was a bit like judging the Countryfile calendar!

“I’m so proud of their achievements, they have done an amazing job with some very high-quality work produced during a particularly difficult period, with the students often working on their own from home because of the various periods of lockdown.”

The pop-up gallery helps to brighten up one of the busiest public areas of the station and will become a permanent addition, with artwork changed regularly and hung from specially constructed supports. The college display will be on show until March next year.

David Flanagan, duty operations manager at London Northwestern Railway, said: “Working with the local community here in Northampton is extremely important to us and we love the idea of showcasing the talents of the students of the town whose studies have been so severely disrupted over the last 18 months.

“We look forward to strengthening those relationships further in the months to come and it’s a great opportunity for students to get their work seen by hundreds of thousands of people, prompting conversations and inspiring others.”

For more information on art, design and photography courses available at Northampton College, visit


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The principal of Northampton College has praised the “incredible adaptability” of students during the COVID-19 pandemic, with today’s GCSE results highlighting the impact of their continued hard work and resilience.

The results revealed that 99.9 per cent of students who sat an English Language assessment received a pass grade, while 99.7 per cent of those sitting a maths assessment also passed.

Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett, said: “We are thrilled to see so many people now able to progress and move on in their lives having achieved the grades they need at GCSE during what has been a particularly challenging year.

“Despite the upheaval and uncertainty caused by the various lockdowns – which saw students switch to a remote learning model – their incredible adaptability has stood them in good stead and their resilience and willingness to work hard has paid off.

“The flexibility and appetite for learning demonstrated by this year group will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

The results confirm the college’s status as the leading provider of further education in the South East Midlands region, with the college also rated ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’ by Ofsted.

Anatolie Rezneac achieved a Grade 8 in maths and said: “I really enjoyed my time at college. The teachers and other students made it an excellent place to learn. Initially I found learning from home difficult but we worked through it together and ended up performing well.

“I am now looking to study IT and hope to find employment locally in Northampton.”

Northampton College will honour all offers already made to study at any of its three campuses – at Booth Lane, Lower Mounts or Daventry – based on Teacher Assessed Grades.

The college will be holding a series of virtual advice sessions on Zoom for any student unsure of their future plans.

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Students who are still unsure of their options going into the new academic year can book a place at a virtual advice session on Zoom with Northampton College where they can receive potentially ‘life changing’ advice and guidance.

The online sessions are being held across four dates in August and will cover courses available at the College’s sites in Booth Lane and Lower Mounts in Northampton and in Badby Road West, Daventry.

Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said: “If you are still unsure about what to do after your GCSEs then booking a place on one of our online advice sessions could be the answer. There are still plenty of places left on exciting courses starting this September that could change your life for the better.

“You’ll receive great one-to-one advice and see first-hand what we can offer. Don’t worry if you didn’t achieve a grade 4 or higher in maths and English – you can still join a College course and continue to study these subjects.”

The advice sessions will give prospective students the chance to hear from knowledgeable tutors and discover everything they need to know about college life.

The advice sessions will take place on August 13, 16, 17 and 19, with separate presentations for different subject areas. A full list of times and subjects is available via the college website. Students can attend multiple presentations to hear more about a range of subjects they are potentially interested in.

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