College Information

Our Offer

Suffolk New College offers a curriculum that enables students and apprentices to:-

  • Discover and develop their talents
  • Fulfil their potential and achieve success
  • Be inspired and be ready for the opportunities and next steps in further study, higher education, employment or career advancement, or in contributing to society.

Our curriculum is designed to provide challenge and support so that all students and apprentices can achieve their potential. We review our curriculum annually to meet the needs of students, employers and the wider community. This means providing opportunities to develop as independent and resilient learners, and as responsible citizens.

The areas of study at Suffolk New College align to the region’s key sectors and industrial priorities and contribute towards the skilled workforce of the future. In recent years, investments have been made with employer input in science and technology areas, to provide excellent facilities aligned to employer needs. Of course, many of our students may be preparing to enter a global job market, and as such, our offer goes beyond just meeting local employer requirements.

Developing ‘work ready’ skills is a fundamental aim of our study programmes and students will develop key employability skills as part of their courses, through realistic work environments and projects, as well as through work experience or industrial placements. This is in addition to the practical skills and knowledge acquisition that is directly related to their vocational programmes. Employers and college Ambassadors (recruited from local organisations) to advise on the skills and knowledge that they want to see in their new employees.

Our programmes contain transferable skills such as communication, IT and customer service -important elements that help students to remain employable in the flexible job market of today.

The offer for adults is designed to promote the skills needed to access employment, HE or develop their career paths. This includes a range of English programmes for speakers of other languages.

We review and introduce new courses according to local need and government priorities. For example, we are a 2020 provider for T Levels and have been approved to roll-out all the available lines from 2021. We have grown our apprenticeship offer in the last few years and engaged many new organisations in apprenticeship provision. Our higher education provision is being expanded, working with the University of Suffolk to put on new and niche HE programmes. This partnership enables local access, raising aspiration particularly in Ipswich, an area that has been recognised by the government as an ‘Opportunity Area’, to help promote social mobility. To help us achieve this part of our mission, we work with a small number of local partners such as Inspire Suffolk.

Key Facts

Location Suffolk New College is based in Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk, near the thriving waterfront and town centre.

The College also has campuses in Leiston (On The Coast) and in Otley (Suffolk Rural)

Turnover £18.6 million

Total number of staff Full-time: Academic 126 Business Support 93 Total 219

Part-time: Academic 54 (32.14 fte) Business Support 138 (77.03 fte) Total 192 (104.17 fte)

Casual: Academic 9 (headcount) Business Support 43 (headcount) Total 52 (headcount)

Total number of students (18/19)

16-18 Full-time 2288
16-18 Part-time 80
19+ Full-time 342
19+ Part-time 1563
Apprenticeships: 415
HE Students: 85

Outcomes for Learners

Summary Judgements 2018-19

Students at Suffolk New College completing their qualifications in 2019 performed exceptionally well - and this why,

  • Overall College achievement (including English and Maths) for students of all ages improved on last year and is above the average for students studying across the country (National Average).
  • Main course achievement for students of all ages improved on last year and is above the national average.
  • English and maths qualification achievement continues to improve and is now above the national average with 75.9% of learners achieving an English and/or maths qualification. That is 2,106 English and maths achievements!
  • Functional Skills in English & maths achievement has improved on the previous year and is now above national average.
  • Improving GCSE High Grade (9-4) achievement in both English and maths. This is improving faster than the students generally across the country despite even more students studying these qualifications this year.
  • Lower level students achieve better than other students at the same level nationally.
  • Students on level 3 courses achieve far higher than expected and are in the top 5% of course achievement nationally.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan for Suffolk New College has been developed in consultation with stakeholders, staff and customers. The Plan outlines the College's ambitious goals for the next five years. Feel free to browse through our Strategic Plan.

Strategic Aims

The staff, students and Board members of Suffolk New College are committed to our renewed Strategic Aims. The Strategic Aims are implemented throughout our ethos, culture, activities and partnerships, and through the delivery of the College's Strategic Plan. Our aims can be viewed within the Strategic Plan document.

Public Values Statement

Discover how Suffolk New College adds value to the social, economic and physical well-being of our whole community and how these values underpin the College's Strategic Aims here.

Statement Of Services, Information, Advice & Guidance

Information, Advice and Guidance is an integral part of the student experience at Suffolk New College. Our aim is to provide high quality impartial information, advice, guidance and support at all relevant stages of the student journey to enable students to make informed choices about post-16 education or training, and once on programme to make exceptional progress and secure positive destinations in employment or further study.

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Terms & Conditions

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College Policies

Ofsted Report

If you're interested in seeing how we performed in our last Ofsted Report feel free to take a look here.

Financial Statements

Here's our last two financial statements from 2018 and 2019

Freedom of Information

Please see our Privacy & Freedom of Information Notice.

Sub Contractors

In line with our freedom of information policy, here's all the information about the sub-contractors that we employ.

Please click here to view Suffolk New College's Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy.

Please click below to view the actual performance for the year ended:

31 July 2017

31 July 2018

31 July 2019

Gender Pay Gap Report

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Trade Union Facility Time

More information about this can be found via this link.

Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy & GDPR information can be found here.

Requests for paper copies

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