Candidate Briefing Pack | Barnsley College


Many thanks for considering an application for the post of Vice Principal Curriculum at Barnsley College. The successful candidate will be someone with the drive, experience and ambition to support the Principal to grow and improve the college from the strong position we have created over the last 10 years.

This is a short introduction to the college which I hope you will find useful. Please also take the time to look through the other documents we have made available on the application microsite which will I believe give you a good picture of where the college is now and our ambitions for the future.

The college and our students

Barnsley College is a large tertiary college serving the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough and surrounding areas in South Yorkshire. The college is the main provider of post-16 education in the Borough and plays a vital role within the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The college achieved outstanding at its last Ofsted inspection (November 2010) and continues to deliver outstanding teaching and learning and very strong outcomes for learners.

The college recruits around 4,300 full time 16 to 18 year olds students funded via the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Around 800 are enrolled on an A level programme, 3,300 study on vocational programmes and just over 200 are enrolled on other provision. Just under half of our 16 to 18 year old students studying on vocational programmes study at level 3 with a significant number starting at level 1 or level 2 at the college and progressing through to level 3.

Adult provision is relatively small compared to other colleges. We have around 1,300 adults on college based courses funded (or part funded) via the ESFA. More than half of our adult students are full time and a significant number are aged between 19 and 24.

In addition to the ESFA funded students detailed above, the college works with around 2,500 apprentices – approximately 1,200 aged 16 to 18 and 1,300 aged 19+. Apprentice numbers have been growing over the last few years with success rates consistently amongst the best in the country.

The college HE provision is branded as ‘University Campus Barnsley’ (UCB) and mainly based in our UCB building on Church Street. We have around 750 higher education students with ambitions to grow this to over 1,000 within the next few years.

Many of the college buildings are set within the town centre conservation area. Over the past eight years the college has invested heavily in its capital programme, including the £48m main new building on the corner of Old Mill Lane and Church Street completed in 2011. The new theatre completed in 2012 is in a refurbished building next door to the main college site. Opposite the main building on Old Mill Lane is the STEM Centre where extensive refurbishment works were completed in the summer 2015.

The Honeywell site is around 400 metres from the main college building where we have an excellent Sports Academy completed in 2008 and extended in 2014. The Sports Academy has a national reputation for supporting individual athletic development and producing some of the regions strongest and most successful sports teams. Also, on the Honeywell site is the ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’ completed in 2012 and a large new Construction Centre completed during the summer last year.

The Barnsley College estate also includes Wigfield Farm – a working farm and visitor centre set in Worsborough Country Park, the UCB building (our HE centre) next to the Town Hall and recently completed on the other side of the Town Hall is the new £17m Barnsley Sixth Form College building completed in January 2016.

The college has excellent relationships with local schools to ensure robust partnerships meet the needs and interest of young people in the Borough – we currently provide courses to around 400 school pupils aged 14 to 16. A small recent addition to the college work has been full time provision for around 25 previously ‘Elective Home Educated’ 14 to 16 year old students directly funded via the ESFA. The college is also the main sponsor of the Wellspring Academy Trust, established in 2012.

The college works well in partnership with a range of local stakeholders. These include strategic partnerships with Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and both the Sheffield City Region and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnerships. The college has strong partnership relationships with large local private sector employers developing flexible programmes to meet their business needs. Excellent partnership working with employers has supported significant growth in apprenticeships numbers. We are also increasingly working directly with local employers to ensure that our full time students are able to progress into employment.

Over the last couple of years, the college has started to develop international work. This includes recruiting a small number of international students into Barnsley. We have also delivered contracts to help colleges in other countries with leadership and management and teaching and learning. In 2014 Barnsley College started to deliver A levels in Nanjing in China and this year this was expanded to a further two centres in Indonesia.

Best wishes

Simon Perryman
(Chair of Governors)