Barnfield College

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Barnfield College
Established c. 1968
Type Further education
Principal Miles Dibsdall OBE
Location Luton, Bedfordshire,

Barnfield College is a Beacon College [1] and the largest Further Education college in Bedfordshire, England, with three campuses in Luton. The College is part of the Barnfield Federation. The Federation's Founder was Sir Peter Birkett.

Campus locations[edit]

  • New Bedford Road Campus, New Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7BF
  • Technology Campus, Enterprise Way, Luton, LU3 4BU
  • York Street Campus, York Street, Luton, LU2 0EZ

Faculty areas[edit]

Faculty of Business Enterprise and Retail

  • Business and Management
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Accountancy
  • Higher Education
  • Marketing/HR
  • Retail
  • Administration/Secretarial
  • Pathfinders

Faculty of Creative Arts

  • Art and Design
  • Hairdressing
  • Media and Communications
  • Beauty and Holistic Therapy
  • Performing Arts and Music
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Higher Education

Faculty of Technology

  • Construction Trades
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Networking
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Higher Education

Faculty of Care, Public Services, Sport and Leisure

  • Child Care
  • Public Services
  • Health and Social Care/HE
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Animal Care
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Dental
  • Higher Education/Access

Faculty of Skills Development

  • Additional and Learning Support
  • Functional Skills
  • Language Skills

Barnfield Federation[edit]

The College was the first further education college in Britain to sponsor two academies - Barnfield South Academy and Barnfield West Academy. It was also selected by the DfES to run the first Studio School in Britain. The Federation was also the first to launch a 14-18 Law & Accountancy Academy for students who would like to follow a career as an Accountant or Lawyer.[2] Today the Barnfield Federation includes a nursery, primary and secondary academies and a college - sponsored by Barnfield Education Partnership Trust. Dame Jackie Fisher joined that Federation as Interim Chief Executive Officer in February 2014.[3]


As of October 2013, the federation is under investigation by the Department_for_Education and Skills_Funding_Agency as reported in the media and is also under pre-warning notice.[4][5] As of January 2014, the investigation has been escalated; it is reported that the FE Commissioner Dr David Collins is carrying out a two week investigation.[6]

As reported on BBC Three Counties Radio [7][8] as of 18/02/2014, via an alleged leaked report from the UK Government, a key element of the investigation has been focussed on a £915,000 funding claim for students that did not study at the college.[9][10]

The outcome of the reports were jointly announced on the 28th of February 2014 [11] by multiple news sources, this summarises a report from the FE Commissioner,[12] the Skills Funding Agency [13] and the EFA.[14]

In July 2014 it was announced that the academies will be split from Barnfield College to form their own multi-academy trust. The college will then focus on further and higher education provision.[15]


  • Barnfield Tots Academy

Primary and middle schools[edit]

  • Barnfield Moorlands Free School
  • Barnfield Vale Academy

Secondary schools[edit]



Coordinates: 51°54′21″N 0°25′19″W / 51.905913°N 0.421939°W / 51.905913; -0.421939