Northampton College

Mission Statement

Northampton College's purpose is to provide high quality further education, training and associated services to Northamptonshire people and businesses. The College's mission is to enhance the lives of our students and other customers, maximising their potential through learning.

Ofsted has endorsed the achievement of Northampton College’s highest ever success rates recording a judgement of ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness as an outcome of its latest inspection in February 2013.

Northampton College has become one of the larger general Further Education Colleges in the region, with approximately 7,000 students, a turnover of over £25 million, nearly 600 permanent members of staff and another 300 working on a flexible basis. It offers a broad range of full-time and part-time courses, many funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). In addition, it provides Higher Education courses in conjunction with The University of Northampton, and provides support for a range of other organisations including the voluntary sector.

The College has completed a £75m three-year re-building programme at its main site at Booth Lane in Northampton, marked by an official opening ceremony in March 2012 presided over by HRH The Duke of York.

The College's largest site at Booth Lane now benefits from a brand new, state of the art building of 27,000m providing a high quality, modern design fit to educate and skill the County's students in the 21st century. The design of the building provides outstanding physical access for all users to all levels with disabled personal care facilities on every floor.

The College also has a base in the town centre of Northampton at Lower Mounts. This facility, extended in 2010, represents a significant investment in Northampton. It is an iconic building which contributes to the ambition of the town to re-develop itself and build on its strengths in the 21st century.

Extending in this way has enabled the College to improve its offer, including state of the art facilities for hairdressing and beauty therapy, an extended library, and enhanced information, advice and guidance services. Teaching and learning at Lower Mounts has been expanded to include business, languages, health care and Access to Higher Education.

In addition, the College has a substantial site in Daventry from which it delivers a range of full time and part time provision. The College has recently secured funding to re-develop its provision in Daventry and will be developing a purpose built campus in the Learning Quarter of the town with the new provision opening in 2016. The new build will also meet all DDA requirements for access.
The College recruits from across the county and also has a significant number of “out of county” students, with students from Bedfordshire; Leicestershire; Warwickshire and Milton Keynes all attending the College.

Northampton College's locally-delivered provision supports more than 4,000 full-time students, most of whom are aged 16-19, in programmes covering most curriculum areas. It has also extended its link provision with schools.

How we support your child's learning

Students at the college have electronic learning plans, learning objectives and targets are agreed between students and their personal tutors which are reviewed during individual tutorials. All students with additional needs have their learning support reviewed by the specialist team at least twice each term (approximately every 8 weeks). This process ensures that support can be adapted to meet changing needs and ongoing development of independence and progression. This information is shared (if appropriate) with personal tutors. Parents and carers are invited to reviews.

Parents evenings are organised by individual schools (e.g. Hospitality and Catering) and information is communicated to parents/carers.

Accessibility of our service

The College offers learning on 3 campuses Booth Lane, Daventry, Lower Mounts.

The building at Booth Lane was opened in March 2012 and access is outstanding. The additional learning support team includes hearing and visual impairment practitioners who will discuss and assess support needs.

Personal Care
Booth lane is the main Campus which is a state of the art build with outstanding access to all levels of the building. There are disabled toilets on every floor and personal care rooms in Supported Learning (Level1) and in the additional support area on Level 3. These rooms include a wet area with shower facilities (standing, sitting and prone), a disabled toilet and ceiling hoists. A member of staff from the ALS team will meet with students to discuss and assess personal care needs.

Daventry and Lower Mounts both have disabled toilet facilities and a personal care room

Communication with Families whose First Language is not English
The college has an ESOL department and is able to provide language support to students.

The college is able to secure items of equipment in either the additional support area or in supported learning. Smaller items such as electronic communicators would be kept by the student for each of access.

How we identify SEN

The college application process supports students to self-declare an additional support need. This is picked up by the additional support team and an assessment of need is made.

Students who have a Learning Disability Assessment; 139a assessment; Statement of Special need or an Education, Health and Care plan will have the opportunity to transition into the college.

If on programme a student is identified as requiring additional support a request for assessment is made to the additional support team to ensure that support can be put in place.

How we support your child/young person

Study Programmes
Northampton College offers a broad range of full and part-time programmes. All full time students follow a study programme that includes a main qualification (either academic or vocational) which helps them to prepare for employment, apprenticeships or higher education. Students also continue to study English and maths if they have not achieved a grade ‘C’ at GCSE. Students studying within Supported Learning also follow study programmes but their learning is personalised to meet individual need.

At the last Ofsted inspection (February 2013), the college was recognised for providing well for learners of all backgrounds and in particular very well for those learners with disabilities.

‘The inclusive culture promotes a high level of recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of abilities, many of whom are successful in gaining qualifications and progressing to higher levels of study.’ Summary of key findings. Ofsted 2013.

'Staff provide good support for students, in particular those with barriers to learning or those who lack confidence in their personal and social skills. An experienced support team provides valuable extra support and prompt intervention with health or welfare needs. The provision of additional learning support ensures students with identified needs learn at least as well and often better than their peers.’ Quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Ofsted 2013

How we match the curriculum to your child's needs

Specialist support and teaching
The support provided by the College will depend on a detailed assessment of the needs of each individual.

These are some of the ways in which we can help you:

• Specialist staff for support with Dyslexia; Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome; Mental Health Needs; ESOL needs and Sensory Impairment needs
• Additional teaching
• In class support workers
• Development of literacy, numeracy, language and study skills
• Provision of equipment and aids
• Communicators (BSL), note takers, Braille, enlarged or voice file hand outs
• Counselling
• Special arrangements to support you in exams
• Specialist assessment to provide evidence of need for exam
• arrangements
• Advice/support to course teachers
• Links with agencies such as Community Services and Health Care practitioners.
• Assistance with personal care needs
• Access to assistive technology and specialist software

Exam Access Arrangements
Help with accessing examinations is available to all eligible students and can include:

• Assessment of need by a specialist teacher
• Provision of a reader
• Amanuensis support (someone to write things down for you )
• Use of a laptop
• Extra time
• Large type or braille

The support we give to your child's well being

Support from Student Services

The Student Services team can offer information, advice and guidance on a wide range of support available to all students to help overcome barriers to learning. This support includes:

• Housing/benefit advice
• Mentoring support
• Support with getting to college
• Sexual heath advice
• Support for young parents; those in or leaving care and young parents.
• Career information and advice
• Financial support
• Advocacy support

Additional Support Team
The College has an additional support team who are responsible for the assessment of personal care, health and medical needs for those students who require extra help. Assessments will be carried out with individuals, parents and carers and other professionals (with students consent). Once support is in place additional support staff work as required with students and support is reviewed by the team every 8 weeks to ensure that needs are met and appropriate changes made. The college also has a team of additional support assistants who work with young people. This support is available within a group or as 1-1 support.

Support Areas:
• Dyslexia
• Literacy and Numeracy drop in
• Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Physical and sensory Support
• Exam Arrangements
• Skill Development
• Additional Support Assistants and Practitioner support

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The expertise we have access to

Northampton is committed to recruiting highly qualified staff and to providing continuous professional development.

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

Students are able to participate in a variety of sporting/physical activities such as football, basketball and aerobics; they will also have access to a fully equipped gym with a qualified gym instructor free of charge. To help with their personal development we offer activities such as Driving Test Theory, Sign Language, music lessons, First Aid and much more.

An exciting range of day trips to venues such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and The Clothes Show live are available throughout the year.

All Enrichment Activities are advertised at the annual college ‘Fresher’s Fair’ and throughout the year on ‘Moodle’, via Student Services notice boards, the standalone kiosks at each site and by personal tutors. Speak to Enrichment Staff in Student Services to find out how students can get involved.

The College also has a very active Students Union.

How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting

Transitional Support
All students who identify as having learning difficulties and/or disabilities are met with to engage in detailed advice and guidance to enable them to make the right choices about their future educational ambitions. All students with a Learning Disability Assessment; 139a/140 assessment; Statement of Special need or an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) are offered a 1:1 appointment with a specialist teacher and relevant support staff. All other students who identify as having a learning difficulty or disability are invited to talk to specialist staff about their needs and how the College can help them to transition.

Actions available to all students who are in transition include:
• Orientation visits
• College staff to visit applicants in current place of learning
• Close liaison with parents; teachers; health care staff and students
• Advice about support available to enable access. e.g. transport; specialist equipment; access to bursary funds
• Taster activities to enable familiarisation with the College buildings; staff and other students

These activities are offered to help reduce anxiety during what can be a difficult transitional period, it also helps staff at the College make sure that appropriate support is in place.

The college is also committed to develop and plan for transition into adulthood as detailed in the SEND Code of Practice 0-25.

How we match our resources to your child

The college collects information on support needs from a variety of sources (Statement of educational need, Learning Disability Assessment, schools, other providers, parents and carers). The most important person in the whole process is the young person and his/her views will be crucial in any assessment of need.

Once the college has collected all information and completed an assessment of need with the student, a support plan is completed (again with the young person).

The college draws funding from the Education Funding Agency for students aged 16-18yrs and the Local authority for learners aged 19-24 yrs. if they have a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education, Care and Health Plan. All colleges must submit a document to the Local Authority for additional funding for those learners with high support costs.

How we involve parents

Staff at Northampton College are keen to work with parents and carers to support young people with additional needs. Additional Learning support begins the process by looking at future aims and aspirations of all young people and how our support can help achieve them.

How we include your child in the planning of their support

Individual students are central to the assessment process and their voice and need is vital to the overall assessment process. Decisions on support are not made without them.

The college promotes the Learner voice

General Contact Information

If you have any questions, concerns or general queries please contact me using the information provided below.

Siân Margetts
Head of School – Student Support

Tel: 01604 736556
Mobile: 07435969705

Contact for more information

Booth Lane , Northampton, NN3 3RF
01604 734567

Record Last Reviewed On: 11/04/2017