Benchmarked against the best

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Bedford College benchmarks itself against not the FE sector but the best in the private and public business worlds.

It wants its customers, students or employers, to see Bedford College as the first choice for education and training.

Latest figures show that nearly 3,000* 16 – 18 years olds have chosen Bedford College to study. This success in recruitment supports a strong financial base for the college, way above many others in the FE sector. Total numbers for students including those on part-time, apprentices and professional courses add up to approximately 15,000.

“We are not burying our heads in the sand, we do not compare ourselves against others in the FE sector who are failing, we compare ourselves to the best in business,” explained Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE at a start of term staff presentations at Bedford College and Shuttleworth College

Bedford College has also been supporting driving up educational standards in local schools. The Bedford Free School, launched with the help of the college in 2012, beat all local schools in GCSEs results with the exception of Sharnbrook. Fewer students in other state schools are able to move on to Level 3 learning without help – for which they turn to Bedford College now a leading provider of Maths and English education in the county.

In addition to meet the demands of the very modern world, Bedford College has an important heritage to draw upon. A new building in St Mary’s, which is in keeping with the ancient street scape, is named after Margaret Stansfeld a pioneer of education for women who founded a college which became part of the Bedford College of Higher Education. Higher Education is now an important part of the offer at the Bedford College Cauldwell Street campus.