Suffolk New College (SNC) is based in Suffolk with campuses in Ipswich, ‘On the Coast,’ at Leiston (which was opened in September 2018) and the Rural Campus at Otley, acquired following the dissolution of Easton and Otley College at the end of 2019. In addition, Suffolk New College has assumed responsibility for the Skills Centre in Halesworth, where provision commenced in September 2020.
Suffolk New College has close links with the University of Suffolk as the Ipswich Campus is situated in what is known as the ‘Education Quarter’ of Ipswich and is close to the regenerated waterfront. In the last academic year (2021/22), there were 2861 16 – 18 year-old students, 1472 19+ students, 1000 apprenticeships and 125 Higher Education students. Most students aged 16 to 18 are from the local and surrounding rural areas.
Standards on entry are below the average for the East of England. Around 57.3% of all young people following programmes at the College did not achieve high-grade GCSE qualifications in English and maths. This reflects the locality, where the proportion of people in the area educated to Level 3 and above is lower than in the region and across England.