New College Nottingham

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New College Nottingham
New College Nottingham logo.png
Established 1999 (by amalgamation)
Type College of further education
Religion non-denominational
Principal and Chief Executive Dawn Whitemore
Deputy Principal (Resources) Paul Lonsdale
Location Nottingham
Students 8,500 (full time); 20,000 (total)
Gender Mixed
Ages 14+
Website New College Nottingham

New College Nottingham (often referred to as 'NCN') is a college providing further and higher education based in Nottingham, England. The College provides education and training from pre-entry through to university degree level, at several campuses, chiefly in the City of Nottingham.

New College Nottingham is an amalgamation of Arnold and Carlton College (opened 1960), Basford Hall College of Further Education (opened 1969), Clarendon College of Further Education (founded 1919 – became an FE college in 1948 – current campus opened 1960), and High Pavement Sixth Form College (founded as a school in 1788 – Sixth Form since 1975 – current campus opened 2001)

On 22 January 2013, the College opened its first overseas campus in India, the New College Nottingham International Lifestyles Academy (NILA); based in Gurgaon, New Delhi.

In January 2013 New College Nottingham underwent its new inspection framework OFSTED inspection and received a Grade 3 (Requires Improvement) for overall effectiveness, the OFSTED report found "Outcomes for learners", "Quality of teaching, learning and assessment" and "Effectiveness of leadership and management" to all require improvement and rated them as Grade 3 accordingly.[1]

The College is a member of the 157 Group of high performing further education institutions.[2]

Nottingham Campuses[edit]

ncn Basford Hall[edit]

The Basford Hall campus on Stockhill Lane, on the north-western edge of the city focuses mainly on Construction and Initial Teacher Education with an emphasis on vocational courses. The campus has specialist facilities for bricklaying, plumbing, gas, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, plastering, refrigeration, tiling, welding, heating and ventilation and electrical services. Basford Hall is also the home of the 'Once Upon a Time' Day Nursery.

From September 2015 the campus will have brand new facilities for students studying construction, science, technology and engineering subjects. The £27m rebuilding project follows a £15m investment by the Skills Funding Agency.

ncn City[edit]

The Adams Building – illuminated – February 2012

The City site is the main focus of delivery for the College's Higher Education provision, programmes for International students, hospitality, aviation, travel and tourism, fashion, art and design, ICT, broadcasting, media, languages and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

Much of the provision is delivered in the Grade 2 listed Adams Building a converted lace factory on Stoney Street in the historic Lace Market and the nearby Academy of Visual Arts and Fashion. Specialised facilities include a 3-camera TV studio, radio broadcasting station and fashion cutting studios.

The Lace Market Gallery[edit]

A traditional 'white cube' exhibition gallery space with polished hardwood floors, high ceilings and large windows. The gallery features guest artists as well as a variety of student shows. Exhibitions normally change every two weeks, providing students and the wider community of Nottingham with a diverse and dynamic programme.

The Adams Restaurant and Brasserie[edit]

Open to the public, this award-winning restaurant provides students on catering and hospitality courses the opportunity to practice their skills in a real-working environment.

ncn Clarendon[edit]

The Clarendon site (just off Mansfield Road) contains the Clarendon Hair and Beauty Salon, 'Once Upon a Time' Day Nursery and provides vocational and academic programmes for large numbers of 16–19-year-old students. It offers facilities in the performing arts and music, IT, childcare, health and social care, hairdressing, catering and beauty therapy. The NCN Academy of Performing Arts and Music has purpose-built facilities including a large multi-purpose theatre seating up to 300 people, a smaller theatre seating up to 84 and computerised box office. There are also dance studios, drama rehearsal rooms, industry-standard music recording studios and music technology suites. The Academy of Food, Drink and Visitor Services has specialist facilities for hospitality and catering including a purpose-built demonstration theatre and state-of-the-art preparation and patisserie kitchens. The Academy enjoys strong links with local industry including: Woodborough Hall, Bluu, Restaurant Sat Bains and Hart’s. All food is prepared and served by Hospitality and Catering students alongside the College’s own catering team. The nearby Berridge Centre on Stanley Road, Forest Fields (closed in Summer 2010) was formerly the co-educational Forest Fields Grammar School Between 1895 and 1955 it was High Pavement Grammar School, a boys grammar school.

ncn High Pavement[edit]

ncn's High Pavement Sixth Form College is a dedicated A-level centre. The College moved into a purpose built campus on Chaucer Street in the heart of the City's academic district in 2001. The impressive £6.3 million[3] building – designed by Ellis Williams Architects – comprises 6 floors with classrooms and computer suites, a Learning Resource Centre and café. A-level programmes include Art & Design, Business Studies, English, Film, Media Communications and Culture, Humanities, ICT, Modern Languages, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Science, and Social Sciences.

High Pavement's History[edit]

The Sixth Form College was previously the 11–18 'High Pavement Grammar School'; first established in 1788 as the 'Unitarian Day Charity School' on High Pavement, in the Lace Market in central Nottingham. From 1895 until 1955, the School was on Stanley Road in Forest Fields until the move to the Bestwood Estate.

With the introduction of comprehensive education in Nottingham, the Grammar School changed to a Sixth Form College in 1975 -'High Pavement Sixth Form College' – and in 1999 became part of New College Nottingham.

ncn Hucknall[edit]

Hucknall is a smaller centre offering vocational access and progression mainly for the local community's young people and adults. The centre has specialist departments offering floristry, hair and beauty provision.

International Campus[edit]

Gurgaon, New Delhi[edit]

The New College Nottingham International Lifestyles Academy (NILA) opened its Gurgaon campus on 22 January 2013 in partnership with The Batra Group. NILA offers UK higher education qualifications (BTEC Higher National Diplomas) in Hospitality Management, Interactive Media, Retail Management and Fashion Management. Programmes have been designed by the College in consultation with employers, in line with Indian National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) priorities.

On-campus facilities include: an interactive media centre, retail demonstration lab, computer labs, fashion studio, commercial kitchen, learning resource centre and student cafeteria.

University Level Courses at ncn[edit]

New College Nottingham (ncn) offers a range of University-level courses recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in partnership with higher education institutions including Nottingham Trent University, Edexcel, University of Derby, University of Warwick and Middlesex University London. The Foundation Degree Law course, developed with Nottingham Trent University and introduced in 2004, was the first to be nationally recognised by the Law Society.

Nottingham English School[edit]

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) services are provided at the Adams Building's 'Nottingham English School'. The School (as part of ncn) is an accredited centre by the British Council.

Accreditation UK, run by the British Council and English UK, is the only internationally recognised quality assurance scheme for English language schools in the UK. The British Council regularly inspects schools offering courses in English as a Foreign Language.

The inspection checks quality of standards in teaching, course design, management, resources, student welfare and accommodation services. Only good schools which meet the agreed standards of quality are awarded accredited status by the British Council.

Nottingham English School's EFL provision was inspected by the British Council in 2005, 2009 and most recently in 2013, when its existing accreditation was renewed for a period of 4 years until 2017.


In 2002, New College Nottingham was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. The official citation for the award – in the 'Environment' category – reads as follows:

"In a far-sighted and imaginative initiative the College has played a major role in the regeneration of Nottingham's city centre through the renovation and re-use of a derelict heritage building. The Adams Building now provides exemplary education, training and business support in 'state of the art' facilities, meeting the needs of individuals and the growing service sector. Opened in 1998, the campus now has more than 11,000 students and provides over 1000 different courses at further and higher education levels from entry and basic education programmes through to professional qualifications."

Notable alumni[edit]

Famous ncn alumni include:

High Pavement Grammar School[edit]

Forest Fields Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ "OFSTED report". OFSTED. 
  2. ^ "Our Members". 157 Group. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Powell, Kenneth (2006). Nottingham Transformed: Architecture and Regeneration for the New Millennium. London: Merrell. p. 168. ISBN 1-85894-335-3. 

External links[edit]

Enabling Act & Statutory Instruments[edit]

Coordinates: 52°57′10″N 1°08′37″W / 52.9529°N 1.1435°W / 52.9529; -1.1435