New College Stamford
|DfE URN||130760 Tables|
New College Stamford is a Further Education college on Drift Road in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. It opened as Stamford Technical College in 1967. It is now a general further education college providing full-time and part-time academic and vocational courses.
The College curriculum is aimed at 14- to 16-year-olds, sixth formers, and those taking higher education and vocational further education, within full or part-time courses. It includes courses in entertaining, music, dance, drama, broadcasting, television, radio, journalism, land-based science, medicine, nursing, dentistry, forensics, fashion, textiles, crafts, traditional trowel trades, carpentry, joinery, childcare, computing, sport and arts, and motor vehicle courses.
Further education qualification study is provided for A-Level, BTEC and NVQ in Computing, Multimedia, Health and Social Care, Pre-Uniform Services (NCFE), Sciences, Arts, Construction, Sports, Animal Care, Hair and Beauty and Catering.  
College extra learning and support is in Key Skills levels 1 - 3 in Application of Number, Information Technology and Communication, and Wider Key Skills in communication, writing, presentation, team building and sexually transmitted infections. Under Value Added Time (VATs), a student sees their course leader on a one-to-one basis, where course progress is discussed. There are also tutorials for pastoral support.
For those students that previously attended the college for Further Education, a £1000 bursary is applied to tuition fees for students progressing on to study Higher Education at NCS.
Partnerships and status
From 2006, the college has worked in association with the universities of Northampton, Leeds Metropolitan, Bishop Grosseteste and Lincoln, which provide validation for NCS higher education courses.
In February 2008 the College became the only Further Education College in the area to provide AS and A2 levels, when Peterborough Regional College announced that they would be focusing on becoming a non-academic vocational college. This increased the application to NCS threefold. The same year the College developed a Sixth Form Academy for A-Level study. The college is one of the only education providers in Lincolnshire that provides a full range of progression opportunities, such as A-Level, BTEC, NVQ, DipHE and BSc(Hons).
In 2006 the Government inspectorate Ofsted rated the College as Grade 2 “Good” overall, including the areas of Effectiveness of provision, Capacity to improve, Achievements and standards, Quality of provision and Leadership and Management
The Inspectorate identified key areas for improvement; milestones towards completion of targets were not specific enough or linked to quantifiable indicators to enable a clear and detailed view of progress. It stated that the College needed to improve retention rates, improve the planning for, and development of, learning and improve the quality of self-assessment.
- "Course Overview".
- "Departments - New College Stamford".
- "Hospitatlity and Catering - New College Stamford".
- New College Stamford Guide, The Telegraph, 7 July 2011, accessed 28 December 2011.
- AoC Beacon Awards Profiles 2008-2009, Association of Colleges, accessed 28 December 2011.
- New College Stamford Inspection Report, Ofsted Adult Learning Inspectorate, January 2007, accessed 28 December 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to New College, Stamford.|