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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 (2020/21), there were 3041 16 – 18 year-old students, 977 19+ students, 961 apprenticeships and 94 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 52.8% 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.

The College focuses upon providing a curriculum that meets the needs of learners, employers and the wider community. The offer takes into account the needs of providing a skilled workforce for the future. Fourteen (out of a possible fifteen) subject sector areas are providing an extensive range of learning, which are Health, Public Services and Care; Science and Mathematics; Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care; Engineering and Manufacturing Technology; Construction and Planning; Information and Communication Technology; Retail and Commercial Enterprise; Leisure, Travel and Tourism; Arts, Media and Publishing; Social Sciences; Languages, Literature and Culture; Education and Training; Preparation for Life and Work and Business Administration and Law (no History, Philosophy and Theology). The acquisition of the Otley Campus, renamed Suffolk Rural in January 2020, has added Land Based, Animal and Equine Studies to the College’s curriculum offer, to support entry into the local Land Based community.

Ipswich has been designated an Opportunity Area (OA) by the Department for Education. The Principal sits on the Partnership Board of the OA, which was formed in September 2017. It is one of the twelve areas in England chosen by the Government with the purpose of unlocking the potential of England’s young people through education. The partnership working arising from this has supported the focus upon the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and it was considered that the College had made good progress in addressing these.

The Values of Suffolk New College are ‘openness and trust; having a learning culture to support all staff; providing platforms for expressing opinions, concerns and views for all staff at all levels; involvement in decision making; recognising, appreciating and celebrating achievement and success areas; actively encouraging and finding time for continued professional development, creating time to generate new ideas and experiment; and valuing and respecting differences and views of others, promoting diversity’. In the pages that follow, evidence will be described to illustrate these achievements. The strapline for the college is, ‘Exceptional Learner Experience,’ and this will be evidenced by, for example, a range of documented feedback from students.

There are eleven Strategic Aims. Of particular note are those relating to the promotion and response to the student voice, whilst raising aspirations to gain high-level qualifications; working closely and actively with employers so that the student experience is enhanced and securing and celebrating positive destinations or further academic progression for all students. The support to students described within the College’s Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Statement of Service and Careers Strategy are closely aligned and support organisational strategic aims through a service that is described as student-centred and solutions-focused; a service which is flexible and proactive, and which meets student needs; uses information about students objectively to inform the support and guidance provided; work collaboratively with students to review progress, plan next steps and strategies to achieve these; collaborate with external partners to share information appropriately both ways in the interest of securing high-quality outcomes for the students, and to listen to feedback and proactively respond in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Within the Strategic Plan, there is a section relating to the labour market. This shows how the College will support projects such as the Sizewell C Nuclear Power project and the positioning of the campus at Leiston will enhance this. There are plans to develop partnerships along the East Anglian Coast with the University and East Coast College in the provision of qualifications relevant to, for example, food and food production; and wind farm provision. There is a new Tech Campus that has been built in Rope Walk in Ipswich, which is very close to the main campus and is another indicator of the College’s response to employer needs. The College is investigating the feasibility of a specialist ICT link with British Telecom (BT) at Martlesham and reflects upon its position at the beginning of the Cambridge Corridor. There is also potential development of new qualifications within Construction Services and Engineering, with an emphasis on sustainability and zero carbon developments.


16 to 19 Small Group Tuition Funding

The Department for Education has announced a continuation of the fund for 16 to 19 providers to help them support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been extended into the academic year 2021/22. This fund for small group tuition activity is to mitigate the disruption to learning students experienced during the national lockdowns, particularly where assessment had been adapted or delayed.

The funding is being used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. All students being supported are enrolled upon a 16 to 19 Study Programme who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.

Suffolk New College is prioritising support for students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths, students who would benefit most from small group tuition and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.

All sessions will be limited to a maximum of five students per group and will be above and beyond normal timetabled hours. Students will be prioritised for small group tuition based upon their needs outlined above and as per the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Examples of some of the tuition support on offer will include preparing students for November GCSE re-sit exams as well as vocational support and catch-up sessions in:

• Agriculture

• Animal Studies/Management

• Arboriculture

• Business Studies

• Construction

• Engineering

• English

• E-Sports

• Foundation Learning

• Information Technology

• Media Studies

• Motor Vehicle

• Public Services

Suffolk New College is committed to ensuring the fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:

• producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.

• publishing this guidance on our College website within the College Information section.

• recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retaining the evidence of the tuition provided.

• delivering the extra tuition and spending the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/21.

• notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.

Suffolk New College’s use of these funds to deliver small group tuition may also be taken into account by Ofsted, through full inspection activity, which is intended to resume from September 2021.

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 at Otley (Suffolk Rural), in Leiston & Halesworth (Suffolk New College On The Coast), and the newly acquired site in Halesworth.

Turnover £18.6 million

Total number of staff Full-time: Academic 156 Business Support 131 Total 287

Part-time: Academic 98 (59.48 FTE) Business Support 190 (87.11 FTE) Total 288 (146.59 FTE)

Casual: Academic 39 (headcount) Business Support 39 (headcount) Total 78 (headcount)

Total number of students (20/21): 4061

Outcomes for Learners

Students at Suffolk New College completing their qualifications in 2021 performed exceptionally well - and this why,

  • Overall College achievement (including English and Maths) for students of all ages is has an improving three year trend.
  • Main course achievement for students of all ages has an improving three year trend.
  • English and maths qualification achievement has an improving three year trend with over three quarters of eligible learners achieving an English and/or maths qualification, which they did not achieve at school.
  • Improving GCSE High Grade (9-4) achievement in each of the past three years, in both English and maths.
  • Improving Level 3 high grade achievement with over a third of students having a DISTINCTION grade profile.

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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Ofsted Report

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Financial Statements

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31 July 2019

31 July 2020

Gender Pay Gap Report

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