New College Stamford

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New College Stamford
Established 1967
Principal April Carrol
Location Drift Road
Coordinates: 52°39′30″N 0°28′15″W / 52.6583°N 0.4707°W / 52.6583; -0.4707
DfE URN 130760 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 16+
Website website

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.[1]

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. [2] [3]

From 2008 the College has offered DipHE in Web Technology and Multimedia Technology, Administration, Art and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Business and Education courses.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Partnerships and status[edit]

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.[4]

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.[citation needed] 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).[citation needed]

NCS was awarded Beacon status in 2009.[5]

The new Sports Hall at the Borderville Sports Centre

IN 2014 the college collaborated with Stamford A.F.C. on the establishment of the Borderville Sports Centre in Ryhall Road, on land provided by the Burghley Estate.[6] at Borderville on Ryhall Road, to the north of town.[7][8]


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[9]

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.[9]

Since the 2006 Ofsted Inspection these problems have been rectified, noted in the annual assessment visit of 2007.[9][not in citation given]


  1. ^ "Course Overview". 
  2. ^ "Departments - New College Stamford". 
  3. ^ "Hospitatlity and Catering - New College Stamford". 
  4. ^ New College Stamford Guide, The Telegraph, 7 July 2011, accessed 28 December 2011.
  5. ^ AoC Beacon Awards Profiles 2008-2009, Association of Colleges, accessed 28 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Borderville Sports Centre". New College, Stamford. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Stamford AFC’s new home is almost ready". Stamford Mercury. 31 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "It is all systems go as Borderville sports complex nears completion". Stamford and Rutland Sports News (Stamford And Rutland Sports Network). 4 August 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c New College Stamford Inspection Report, Ofsted Adult Learning Inspectorate, January 2007, accessed 28 December 2011.

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