03rd Jul 2024

New Principal vows to take Northampton College to the next level

The new Principal of Northampton College has pledged to take the College to the next level having helped to secure a positive Ofsted result in his previous Vice Principal role. Jason Lancaster is preparing to succeed Pat Brennan-Barrett OBE, who is departing this summer having overseen a remarkable rise in the College’s fortunes since taking the reins a decade ago, transforming it into one of the top five colleges in the country. A former Director of an Institute of Technology, Jason has held a range of senior leadership posts, supporting colleges to develop and improve their provision, and previously served as Vice Principal for quality and performance at Northampton College, helping to deliver a ‘Good’ Ofsted grade at the most recent inspection. He said: “I am delighted to be coming back to Northampton College, having thoroughly enjoyed my taste of life in the county a few years ago. My time..

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02nd Jul 2024

Students honoured for ‘spectacular’ progress at Daventry awards ceremony

‘Persistent, resilient and dedicated’ students at Northampton College’s Daventry campus have been urged to take a moment to reflect on their achievements and take that memory with them as they prepare to enter the workplace. An awards ceremony held at the Badby Road West site on Wednesday, June 26 honoured dozens of students who have excelled over the past 12 months, both in terms of academic performance and personal progress. Jason Lancaster, the incoming principal of Northampton College, said: “We’ve performed extremely well as a college and all the exam results and statistics back that up but actually, the stories of our students are the real sign of our success. “They are growing in confidence and independence, thriving in this environment where they can learn skills for life and become the person they are capable of being. The achievements of our award winners are spectacular, and I would encourage all..

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14th May 2024

Disabled athlete raising £6,000 for new wheelchair after horror crash

A former zookeeper with cystic fibrosis left paralysed from the waist down by a rare nerve disorder is appealing for funding to compete internationally in wheelchair motocross, after his equipment was written off in a lorry crash on the way back from the UK championships. Marcus Freestone, an autism support specialist at Northampton College, is hoping to travel to Alabama in the United States in December but has been left facing a race against time after his specially adapted wheelchair was left badly damaged in the A14 smash. The 25-year-old was travelling back from Manchester having finished second in the UK finals and ranked sixth in Europe when the vehicle he was travelling in was in collision with a lorry. The impact left him with severe whiplash, causing swelling to his spine. Having already contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a condition that sees his immune system attack his central nervous system, the..

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01st May 2024

High fives all round as league tables reveal Northampton College is one of best in country

New national league tables have revealed Northampton College is now the fifth best-performing college in the country. Data released as part of the latest 2022/23 National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) shows Northampton College is placed fifth out of 225 colleges for 16 to 18-year-old education and training.  The College was rated 10th for its adult provision and given an overall rating of fifth nationally. The rating cements Northampton College’s position as the leading provider of Further Education in the Midlands, and among the very best in the whole country, thanks to a continuing and determined focus on ensuring each individual student reaches their full potential. The data has revealed that 96 per cent of Northampton College students pass their course, coming out as the best college in the Midlands. Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal at Northampton College said: “To officially be listed as one of the highest achieving colleges in the country..

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09th Apr 2024

Northampton High School inspire inclusion on International Women’s Day

Local GDST school marks global celebration with a series of educational activities and the release of their Made for Girls film International Women’s Day has always been an important date in the High School’s calendar, with staff and students relishing the dedicated opportunity to celebrate and empower the women around them. Since its opening in 1878, Northampton High has been a pioneer in girls’ education and remains devoted to the GDST’s unwavering vision to create a more equal world in which girls can thrive. In line with this year’s theme, the school community aimed to #InspireInclusion through a series of educational activities, including the release of their brand new Made for Girls film. The global celebration, which takes place every year on the 8th of March, provided a perfect opportunity for the girls’ school to host their Open Morning. With almost all of their prospective families coming from co-educational schools,..

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05th Mar 2024

Year 6 pupil at Northampton High School accepts invitation to Buckingham Palace

Angelie, 11, enjoys experience of a lifetime after placing in the top 50 of the UK’s largest children’s story writing competition Northampton High School is the leading all-through girls school in the county and prides itself on providing exceptional educational opportunities to its students, aged two to 18. Their excellent-graded Junior School is home to many aspirational girls who, like Angelie, are already achieving outstanding things. This week, the local GDST school is celebrating Angelie’s fabulous entry in BBC’s 500 Words competition, which led to her once-in-a-lifetime visit to Buckingham Palace! The BBC contest encourages children to write a story they would love to read themselves, and naturally, Northampton High’s Angelie constructed a powerful narrative about girls in coding. Entering the largest children’s story writing competition in the UK, Angelie received news that her submission ‘Nira and the Sphinx Adventures’ had placed in the top 50 of over 100,000 entries,..

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14th Feb 2024

Students urged to ‘consider both sides of the story’ to aid careers in law and politic

The importance of having a thorough understanding of both sides of the argument is key to a successful career in law and politics, according to lawyer-turned-MP Michael Ellis. The former Attorney General, who has served as MP for Northampton North since being elected in 2010, was speaking to students during a visit to Northampton College. He delivered a 30-minute talk looking back at his career before fielding questions from law, public services and criminology students. He said: “No matter what side of the debate you are on, whether you are prosecuting or defending, or speaking on behalf of the Government or the opposition, it’s so important to fully understand both sides of the story. That will help you articulate your argument and foresee any flaws in your opponent’s line of reasoning. “Knowledge is power and the more you can learn the better placed you are to present an argument.” Michael..

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05th Dec 2023

Northampton College’s outstanding green credentials earn national award

Northampton College has seen off stiff competition from top UK universities to be crowned Sustainability Institution of the Year at a prestigious national awards ceremony. The College took the title at the 19th UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards held in Liverpool on Thursday, November 30 and celebrated innovative and change-making sustainability projects by universities and colleges that are leading the way in creating a greener future. Pat Brennan-Barrett, principal of Northampton College, said: “Winning a Green Gown award is one of our proudest achievements because sustainability runs through everything we do at Northampton College. “Going Green has reaped incredible environmental and financial benefits for us and expanded our students’ skills dramatically, giving them an important edge as they embark on their careers. “We are thrilled that the judges recognised this particularly as we faced stiff competition in the final from incredible institutions such as the University of Oxford.” All..

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21st Nov 2023

New outreach programme helps local school children enjoy a unique taste of history

The learning team at Chester House Estate has launched a new outreach programme, working with Northamptonshire schools and teachers to take the estate’s unique history into classrooms. Chester House Estate is a nationally significant heritage site and one of the few places in the country that can demonstrate over 10,000 years of human activity. Its new outreach programme has been carefully designed to align with the national curriculum and to support schools by providing a host of workshops for all ages – from Early Year through to secondary school age. Cllr Helen Howell, North Northamptonshire Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “"We're really proud of the new Chester House Estate outreach programme which has been designed to complement and enhance the history already being taught in our schools. We are able to bring real objects from both our Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC) and our handling..

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29th Aug 2023

Teaching the future: School open days in Northamptonshire

If you're on the hunt for the perfect school in the Northampton, then we’ve got you covered. School Open Days are a crucial stepping stone towards your child’s future, so choosing the right school is a big decision. Here are some of the best schools in Northamptonshire that are holding open days this September and October. Winchester House Winchester House, based in Brackley is a beautiful school with lots of rich history. It was founded way back in 1875 and they have an impressive historic timeline on their website. School life at Winchester House includes nursery and pre-school, upper school and boarding. You can also book a private tour if you'd prefer. They will be holding an open morning on Friday 29th September from 10.30am – 1pm. For more information and to book your place, please email or call 01280 702483 During the open mornings, parents and students will have the..

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25th Aug 2023

Northampton High School GDST Celebrates Stellar GCSE Results

Amidst laughter, excitement, and tears of joy, the Senior School foyer at Northampton High School GDST resonated with the celebratory mood of students rejoicing their GCSE achievements. This Year 11 group shined exceptionally, even as the public exams returned to their pre-pandemic grading criteria without any exam board mitigation. The school beams with pride, marking an increase in top-tier results – a striking 22% in grade levels above those of 2019. An impressive 42% of the results were at the highest tier, grades 9/8 (equivalent to A*). Furthermore, over half the students, 56%, secured 6 or more GCSEs graded between 9-7. Overall, grades between 9-5 matched 2019 standards, while the top grades (9-6) surpassed expectations compared to previous years. Dr. May Lee, the School's Head, lauded the students and faculty, stating, “In light of media speculation about a potential decline in GCSE grades, the results showcase the dedication and brilliance..

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17th Aug 2023

Northampton High School GDST’s Stellar Achievement Amidst Challenging Times

In a remarkable achievement, Northampton High School GDST students have broken a school record, attaining top grades even as media speculations hinted at a drop in scores due to examination boards returning to pre-pandemic standards. The results speak volumes about their dedication and hard work: 12% of results at A* grade. Over 44% within the A*-A grade range. Over 76% falling under the A*-B grade bracket. This year's A Level students have showcased commendable commitment, and the cohesive support they’ve lent to each other is evident in these results. The profound appreciation they harbor for their teachers' expertise and devotion cannot be overlooked. Indeed, the school's guiding principle, ‘believing in each and every one of our girls as they believe in themselves’, is deeply embodied in their success. Many of these students have outdone themselves, which is evident from the fact that over 70% have secured a spot in their..

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24th Jul 2023

Northampton schoolchildren compete to design flags for town store

Members of an art club at Northampton School for Boys have taken part in a competition to design flags for a lifestyle store in the town. The competition was organised by Bell of Northampton, a store situated on Kingsthorpe Road, as part of its 125thanniversary celebrations. Students were challenged to design a commemorative flag that draws on the store’s heritage but with a modern twist. The top three entries, judged by the team at Bell of Northampton, will be produced in real life and fly on the three flag poles that stand proudly outside the store. Amazon vouchers were also awarded to first, second and third place and a donation of £200 was made to the school to spend on a project of its choice. A number of students across Years 7 and 8 took part in the competition with 12-year-old Wilson Rogers crowned the overall winner with his design..

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25th Jun 2023

Students honoured for ‘inspirational progress’ during awards ceremony

Tenacious students at Northampton College’s Daventry campus have been praised for their “desire to make a difference” as they prepare to enter the workplace. An awards ceremony held at the Badby Road West site on Wednesday, June 21 honoured dozens of students who have excelled over the past 12 months, both in terms of academic performance and personal progress. Among the winners was social science student Eddy who was praised for his enthusiasm and how he uses past hurdles or difficulties he’s faced to address potential hurdles and develop strategies to overcome them. He said: “I have really enjoyed my time here, all my teachers are very nice and helpful and I would very much recommend it to everyone. I hadn’t done essay writing for a few years so my teacher helped me to do exactly what I needed to do.” Chloe joined the Entry Employability Skills course slightly later..

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26th Oct 2022

College building for the future with add-on to specialist facility

A new building at Northampton College will see construction students develop their skills ‘brick by brick’ in a purpose-built extension to a state-of-the-art facility. The new space forms part of an add-on to the Advanced Construction Engineering (ACE) Centre and will see bricklaying students enjoy extra room in which to hone their skills. Dignitaries and guests were on hand for the official opening on Friday, October 21, with Attorney General and Conservative MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis performing the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He said: “Advanced construction engineering is in such demand and we need these young people, they are part of building our economy and our society. Colleges like this, and Northampton College is an exemplar, play an important part in our social construct as well as our learning - developing skills that are in acute demand. “I have lived and worked in Northampton my whole life and it has..

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