millinery photo 2019Two Northampton College students will see their work exhibited as part of an international display having been honoured by one of the leading bodies in cutting-edge fashion.

Millinery students Olivia Morton and Rachel Matthews will have their hats featured in an exhibition curated by judges of the annual competition held by The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers – a specialist body set up to champion the art and design of headwear across the world.

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Dance and musical theatre students at Northampton College had the chance to perform in front of the Arts Minister during a visit to Booth Lane.

Michael Ellis, Conservative MP for Northampton North, visited the college to see at first hand the facilities available for performing arts students and learn more about what the college is doing to encourage students to follow a career in the arts.

As part of the visit, he stopped off to watch rehearsals of sections of the students’ forthcoming Final Major Projects, before enjoying a tour of science, technology, engineering and maths classrooms and meeting students looking to embark on a career in travel and tourism.

He said: “As Minister for the Arts I am very fortunate to be able to see many productions and it’s wonderful to see so many talented young people right here in Northampton.

“The Arts is an incredibly important area, it’s vital for our economy and is extremely popular – more people in the UK go to the theatre each year than go to football matches. I hope to see many of these students progress onto the West End stage in years to come.”

nart graphic for news storyNew national league tables have revealed Northampton College 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 thanks to a robust focus on teaching and learning.

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’.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal at Northampton College said: “To have improved performance to the extent we have in just four years is nothing short of remarkable. We are the leading college in the region and we are now one of the very best in the country too.

“These results show we are out-performing a number of colleges which have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. It’s a phenomenal effort and it’s great to see the hard work, determination and dedication of
both staff and students paying off in such spectacular fashion.

“At Northampton College we concentrate on developing each individual’s wider skills for employability, innovation, communication and work ethic. Many of our students are the employers of the future, not just in Northampton but beyond, and we are producing a smart and savvy generation of leaders, visionaries and pioneers.

“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.”

A major investment programme has seen an overhaul of the college’s facilities, with new buildings in both Northampton and Daventry completed in recent years and a state-of-the-art £4.75million Advanced Construction Engineering centre due to open at Booth Lane this September.

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 at Daventry Campus 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.


Three Northampton College students have gained an “invaluable insight” into life as a healthcare professional thanks to a new partnership with Northampton General Hospital.

Muhammad Abdullah, Maisy Woods and Lee Hayes are the first cohort of students to have the opportunity to undertake a 12-week placement, experiencing day-to-day life in the NHS frontline across a range of departments.

The group combined the two days a week placement with their studies at Northampton College’s Booth Lane campus, where they are coming to the end of their Level Three Health and Social Care course. Their experience will now stand them in good stead for the next step on their career pathway, with all three heading off to university later this year.

Muhammad, aged 21 from St James, will study adult nursing at the University of Northampton. He said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity and given me an invaluable insight into what I am going to be doing for the next three years. I now have a clear understanding of the role and it has really helped to develop my skills.”

Maisy, aged 18 from Higham Ferrers, is heading to the University of Wolverhampton to study paramedic sciences and said: “It’s opened my eyes to what it takes to work in a hospital. I’ve always been aware of the hard work that health care professionals do but I now have more respect for them than ever before.”

Lee, from Kingsley, will head to Birmingham City University to study learning disability nursing. The 17-year-old from Kingsley added: “It’s been a very fast-paced placement, you’re on your feet all day and it’s hard work but it’s so worth it. I would love to work in a prison or mental health setting and work with people with behavioural issues - this has been a fabulous introduction to what could lay in store.”

The pilot scheme is the first stage of an official partnership between NGH and the college, and leaders are hopeful it could potentially be rolled out further in the future – helping to give Northampton-based students a clear pathway towards a career working within the hospital.

Karen Adcock, project manager for professional and practice development at NGH, said: “We hope this arrangement will raise students’ awareness of the fantastic career opportunities we are able to offer - including flexible routes into nursing through our apprenticeship pathways which exists alongside traditional undergraduate nursing programmes.

“We realise that the local talent pool in Northampton is our future workforce and hopefully this partnership will flourish and we will continue to expand it as a model.”

The students spent time in six different areas during their placement, including infection prevention, discharge, integrated surgery, dermatology, ambulatory care and acute pain services. The students were supported by clinical supervisors and mentors from the hospital’s professional and practice development department.

proud to teach 5 finalA new campaign to celebrate the commitment, hard work and expertise of teachers has been launched by Northampton College.

‘Proud to Teach’ is being rolled out from April and will be turning the focus firmly on teachers and support staff – who strive to shape and create the leaders of tomorrow.

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Sophie Carter, Level 3 Art & Design

"Initially I was quite sceptical about college courses because I was so set on going to University but I knew I needed a Foundation course to get into uni and...



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