ANNUAL REVIEW 2017
CONTENTS Our vision
Our strategic objectives
Our future plans
Working with employers
Bedford College Services
Customer care charter
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL Bedford College is recognised as one of the best further education providers in the UK. It is the largest college in the region for 16-18 education, apprenticeship training, higher education and parttime education. Our growth over the last decade is an amazing achievement given a stable population, new competitors and being based in one of the region’s smaller market towns. Achieving this reputation and growth comes down to effective partnership working. We work with community organisations and employers who are committed to the development of their staff. We work with our employees and governors who also invest in their own development and use their skills to help our students. And, of course, we work with our excellent students who continue to push themselves to gain qualifications that are recognised nationally and internationally.
We want everyone in our community to have the chance to achieve these positive outcomes. Our recent merger with Tresham College in Northamptonshire means we can now provide even more opportunities to even more people. This is our aspiration. I hope you will take a few minutes to read on and find out more.
Ian Pryce, CBE
This summer, the Bedford College Corporation approved a merger with Tresham College in Northamptonshire to create The Bedford College Group. We are determined to continue investing in our staff, our programmes, our infrastructure and our high-quality service, even in this period of uncertainty, and the extra scale and capacity arising from the merger means that we will be even better able to serve our community in the future.
OUR VALUES Our values reflect the manner in which we set out to achieve our aims. We put the student at the heart of all we do. Our three core values are:
HIGH PERFORMANCE We will strive for consistently high levels of performance in all aspects of our work. RESPECT, OPENNESS AND HONESTY We will treat everyone with respect, encourage openness and honesty, and recognise each other’s contribution and achievements.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE CORPORATION Further education helps support individuals and employers to respond in that way. So it is no surprise that Bedford College has continued to grow, even in a period of austerity, to become the largest education provider in the region.
Delivering world class skills and education to the communities we serve.
STUDENT FOCUS We will seek to achieve a high quality learning experience for every student.
Principal & Chief Executive The Bedford College Group
Our students’ achievements translate into great results for them: jobs, promotions, university. They also translate into a more socially and economically prosperous community.
2017 has been another year of continual surprises. We know the best way to cope with change is to ensure we are more resilient, more observant, more agile and more productive.
2016-2017 BOARD OF GOVERNORS
We are also determined to make sure we improve education and skills for everyone in the community. We know: the higher your level of education, the higher your salary, the lower your chances of unemployment and the longer your life expectancy. We believe that every individual should have the opportunity to achieve this.
Linda Hockey Chair of the Corporation
EXTERNAL GOVERNORS CHAIR: Linda Hockey VICE-CHAIR: Roger Marriott Stewart Briggs Sarah Clough Julian Frost Noel Gray Elaine Johnson Mark Lawson Sol Miah Allan Schofield Sheila Selwood MBE Alasdair Simmons STAFF GOVERNORS: Jane Dudeney Charlie Whewell STUDENT GOVERNORS: Manisha Ahmead Janis Cirss
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OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES TO 2021 EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP To be perceived as an authority locally and within the sector on matters educational, not just further education (primary measure) To maintain our position as market leader by number of students locally on 16-18, apprenticeships, part-time provision and higher education To be perceived by local employers as highly responsive and an expert in work based and work-related learning
OUR PROGRESS SO FAR...
A 40-year-lease has been signed for Shuttleworth College by The Bedford College Group - securing the future of farming education for the next generation.
Bedford College and Tresham College formally agreed to merge, less than six months after the proposal was made in February 2017 making us the largest provider in the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP)1
Judith Larson was named Teacher of the Year at the TES awards for showing passion, dedication and a commitment to learners. 1 Source:
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EDUCATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY To maintain full-time 16-18 numbers of at least 5,200 over the plan period (primary measure) To grow The Bedford Sixth Form to 600 over the plan period To develop high quality, high level direct 14-16 provision in technical subjects for > 100 students by the end of the plan period To grow our higher education by 30% over the plan period To grow our non-subcontracted apprenticeship provision by 20%-30% over the plan period
OUR PROGRESS SO FAR... NUMBER OF FULL-TIME STUDENTS 6,000
487 ENROLMENTS 501 ENROLMENTS
CAN STUDY FOR A FULL
Target: 600 enrolments
BEDFORD SIXTH 1 FORM ENROLMENTS
Students can study for a full degree at Bedford College and Shuttleworth College in partnership with the University of Northampton and the University of Bedfordshire in Animal Science, Graphic Communication and Engineering.
Bedford College Student Data Bedford College EBS data
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FINANCIAL STABILITY To return to Outstanding financial health rating within three years of the Tresham merger and return to surpluses of at least £1m by 2019 (primary measure) To maintain capital investment at an average of at least £3.5m p.a. over the plan period To make like-for-like productivity improvements of at least 10% over the plan period To create new subsidiary companies that enable us to compete better with private competitors
OUR PROGRESS SO FAR...
The College had a financial surplus of more than £1.5 million1.
OUTSTANDING FOR FINANCIAL HEALTH* The Skills Funding Agency has formally confirmed our status as Outstanding for financial health. We are now one of fewer than 50 colleges in that category.
In 2016/17 The Bedford College Group spend on
CAPITAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS WAS
£2.714 MILLION 1 Source:
Financial statements for year ended 31 July 2017(Bedford College, 2017)
*As at July 2017
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HIGH QUALITY PROVISION To achieve key performance measures in the top 10% nationally by the end of the plan period (primary measure) To continue to raise the curriculum “centre of gravity” upwards during the plan period so more of our activity is at Level 3 and above To achieve key A-Level performance table results that at least match the best local state schools by the end of the plan period To improve student outcomes in terms of employment and higher education, and progression to Level 3 and above, with < 7% unemployment levels overall To invest a minimum of 3% of income in staff development to ensure to support improvements in staff quality and staff productivity
OUR PROGRESS SO FAR...
90% of our full-time students go on to
FURTHER STUDY, EMPLOYMENT1 OR GAP YEAR
who failed maths and English at schools now have GCSE English and Maths at grade C (grade 4) and above after re-sitting with Bedford College2.
OF OUR STUDENTS WOULD
Bedford College student data Based on A-Level entrants 3 Source: Bedford College Spring Survey, 2017 2 Source:
In 5 years we’ve become the
2ND BIGGEST SIXTH FORM in the county2
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OUR FUTURE PLANS
NEW ANIMAL CENTRE FOR SHUTTLEWORTH COLLEGE The Animal Centre situated on the Shuttleworth Estate, Old Warden in Bedfordshire, has been established for 17 years and is in need of replacement, allowing us to meet modern requirements of care for sound zoological standards. We work alongside zoos and wildlife parks and provide quality education within a specialist focus of living things and caring for the environment; helping to maintain vulnerable species whilst broadening the skills of students and visitors as a whole. The development, due to open in September 2019, is planned to provide many years of educational service, to enhance studentsâ€™ understanding and ability to really make a difference within the natural world.
The College recognises that young people from the local community gain valuable experience and employability skills by engaging in work experience. Meaningful work experience contributes to an individualâ€™s preparation for progression to employment or Further and Higher Education. Work experience is therefore an integral part of all study programmes and is now included in all areas for full-time students. This applies to students choosing to enter a particular occupation or profession or those taking a technical route to achieve their career aims. Students have similar opportunities to benefit from work experience, including work placements and other work-related learning activities, across all curriculum areas. The College is to receive funding as part of the work placement capacity development project to deliver the extended work placements proposed as part of the new Technical Level qualifications (T-Levels) being introduced to simplify the process of vocational training.
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LEARNING CENTRES FOR KETTERING AND CORBY A new Learning Centre in Kettering opened in January 2018. This will be shortly followed by a provision in Corby. Both centres will offer the same model currently available in Bedford: • Flexible open-learning IT centre for adults • Open 56 hours each week (Monday – Saturday, including evenings) • Pre-booked 2-hour sessions (minimum of 2 sessions each week) • Microsoft Office 2016 • ITQ Level 1 and ITQ Extended Level 2 • No fees
ADVANCED ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION CENTRE On 9 February 2017 Bedford College unveiled details of its new £5 million Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre. The new Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre is essential to meet the skills required by UK businesses to maintain their place in the global economy. The Centre, due to open in 2018, will house newer, lighter, analytical equipment, BIM Software and robotics and will allow students to move through to the higher engineering and degree level training essential in today’s Engineering and Construction Industry. It will increase student numbers by an additional 300 full-time and part-time students and 150 higher level apprentices each year - meeting some of the huge demand from employers for skilled Engineers. The space will provide students with room to experiment with intelligent design, analyse and assess problems, and develop real life solutions in the safety of the classroom and the virtual world environment.
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STUDENTS STUDIED AT
OF OUR STUDENTS WOULD
RECOMMEND THE COLLEGE
BY AGE Under 16 - 1.1% 16-18 years - 38.9% 19-23 years - 16.2% 24-30 years - 11.2% 31-40 years - 13.2% 41-50 years - 10.0% 51+ years - 9.4%
9.4% 10.0% 38.9%
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ALL STUDENTS BY DISABILITY
WITH A DISABILITY
WITHOUT A DISABILITY
WITHOUT A DISABILITY
WITH A DISABILITY
BEDFORD COLLEGE White – British 58.4% BAME 41.6%
OF OUR STUDENTS
White – British 72% BAME 28% 72%
IN 2016/2017 WE WELCOMED
LIVE IN BEDFORDSHIRE
Bedford Borough LA
Central Bedfordshire LA
Milton Keynes LA
*Please note: This figure is approximately 240 less than the total number of students as these postcodes could not be mapped. Source: LRS Report, Quality
128 YEAR 10 AND YEAR 11
STUDENTS FOR OUR
SCHOOLS LINKS PROGRAMME
Bedford College student data Bedford College Spring Survey, 2017
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FULL-TIME STUDENTS Studying a full-time degree-level programme In paid employment
Employed as an apprentice Participating in unpaid work (includes volunteers/internships)
I never thought I’d enjoy education as much as I did here. It was the first time I was able to use facilities like this and I loved every single lesson. OSKAR KUTYLA
Taking a gap year
Unemployed and seeking work Other (e.g. full-time parent/carer or retired)
Engineering Level 3 Diploma
FULL-TIME STUDENT DESTINATIONS
Bedford College is dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams. Not only by providing them with a great education in environments that reflect the world of work, but also by offering students individual support to meet their specific needs and to help them progress on to further study or employment.
OF OUR FULL-TIME
STUDENTS GO ON TO FURTHER STUDY,
OR A GAP YEAR 1 Source:
Bedford College student data Bedford College First Impressions Survey 2017
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FULL-TIME LEVEL 3 16-18 ACHIEVEMENT Bedford College Achievement Rate
National Achievement Rate
WHAT FULL-TIME STUDENTS THINK
93% of students would recommend the College2
HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS In full-time study, training or research In part-time study, training or research In paid employment Unemployed and seeking work Other (e.g. full-time parent/carer or retired)
25.8% 2.5% 64.1% 6.1% 1.5%
We offer a wide range of higher education courses at both Bedford College and Shuttleworth College campuses with fantastic support and expert teaching. Many of our courses offer the opportunity to top-up to a full honours degree by studying for a final year at university. Our partnerships with two local universities offer a seamless transfer, or there is always the opportunity to move on to a different university with your newly acquired knowledge and skills. New for this year, we are also offering BA and BSc (Hons) degrees.
As part of the ecology unit in my first year, I had the chance to go to Hungary for 10 days to meet with fish farm experts and representatives from across the E.U. Animal Management Foundation Degree (FdSc)
I really enjoyed programming and building databases. I am dyslexic so writing reports was quite difficult but luckily I had help to find ways to overcome it.
HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT DESTINATIONS
Computing & Systems Development Higher National Diploma
WHAT HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS THINK Students rate tutors’ subject knowledge 4.3 out of 51
92% OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS GO ON TO FURTHER STUDY OR PAID EMPLOYMENT2
Bedford College First Impressions Survey 2017 Bedford College student data
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Studying a full-time degree-level programme In paid employment
Employed as an apprentice Participating in unpaid work (includes volunteers/internships) Taking a gap year
13.2% 2.5% 0.3%
Unemployed and seeking work Other (e.g. full-time parent/carer or retired)
I chose a part-time course because I wanted to train to become a Teaching Assistant and as a single parent I needed flexible study options to fit around my family commitments.
PART-TIME STUDENT DESTINATIONS
Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools CACHE Level 2
Our professional part-time qualifications aim to provide students with the specialist skills they need to move on in their existing career or make the jump to something new. The College offers a range of day, evening or weekend classes and so the courses available can fit in around their work and everyday lives.
OUR PART-TIME STUDENTS
ACHIEVE STUDENTS ACHIEVEMENT RATES GO ON TO FURTHER
OF OUR PART-TIME
ABOVE THE NATIONAL
EMPLOYMENT Source: Bedford College student data
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PART-TIME STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT RATES Bedford College Achievement Rate
National Achievement Rate
APPRENTICESHIP STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT RATES College achievement rates National achievement rates
You can learn from a book but it’s completely different to when you’re faced with real life situations at work. Learning hands on skills at Vauxhall has allowed me to develop my technical knowledge and practical skills.
77.7% 80 - 70.6%
60 - 70.3%
Advanced Apprenticeship: ICT Professional Competence 2013/2014
Our Apprenticeship students benefit from studying with Bedford College for a formal qualification, while working in their chosen industry. As the largest apprenticeship provider in the county students can choose from a wide range of subject areas and have access to the best employers.
91% OF APPRENTICES WOULD
RECOMMEND 1 THE COLLEGE 1 Source:
Bedford College First Impressions Survey 2016/17 Oher sources: Bedford College Student Data
I like being able to get work experience and study at the same time. I also have three children, so being able to earn a wage whilst I study is very important. I feel confident in my job and I am able to learn from those around me. I will be going on to study a Foundation Degree and then I can choose if I want to go onto Nursing, Midwifery or Social Work. NATHIA ROCHA
Apprentices rate their course as helping them reach their future goals 4.3 out of 51
Clinical Healthcare Support Level 3
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THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM IS THE ONLY INSTITUTION IN BEDFORD SOLELY DEDICATED TO SIXTH FORM STUDY. Since its foundation in 2014 The Bedford Sixth Form has continually achieved excellent results and students benefit from specialist expertise. In 2017 the proportion of high grades at A-Level increased by a further 7%, enabling even more students to get into their first choice of university â€“ including many prestigious Russell Group institutions.
THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM KEY FACTS...
In 2017 we had 22 A-Level subjects with
100% PASS RATES
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In 2017 our A-Level students achieved a
98% PASS RATE
Of our students progress to degree-level study, apprenticeships or work
Throughout my time here I always felt as though I could go and see my teachers about anything I wasn’t sure of, and my personal tutor was excellent at arranging both study support and extra support for exams.
A-Level Biology, Sociology and Textiles
THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM STUDENT DESTINATIONS Studying a full-time degree-level programme Employed as an apprentice In paid employment Participating in unpaid work (includes volunteers/internships) Taking a gap year Unemployed and seeking work Other (e.g. full-time parent/carer or retired)
74.6% 4.2% 9.5% 0.5% 9.5% 1.1% 0.6%
Source: Bedford College Student Data 2017
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EMPLOYEES WORK FOR OUR COLLEGE
STAFF BY GENDER
STAFF BY DISABILITY
STAFF BY ETHNICITY 16.9%
Without a disability
(includes ‘prefer not to say’)
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With a disability
76.5% White British
Black & Minority Ethnic (BME)
10.9% MANAGEMENT STAFF 2.5% EXECUTIVE STAFF 45.7% TEACHING STAFF 40.9% SUPPORT STAFF
OF OUR EMPLOYEES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THREE
DAYS EACH YEAR
96% OF OUR
TEACHING STAFF HAVE
TEACHING QUALIFICATION (Sector figure 75%)
ALL STAFF CAN ACCESS A FREE QUALIFICATION AND
ATTEND WEEKLY GOLDEN HOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
Source: Bedford College Human Resources Data 2017
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WORKING WITH EMPLOYERS
EMPLOYEES FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES
TRAINED WITH US IN 2016/2017
NUMBER OF LOCAL BUSINESSES WE WORK WITH BY COUNTY Bedfordshire
563 NEW CUSTOMERS
IN 2016/2017 IN 2016/2017
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3.5% 56% 8.3%
NUMBER OF APPRENTICES
We are delighted that, along with this rapid growth, our apprentices’ success has been consistently good.
1500 1000 500 0
IN THREE YEARS
GROWN BY 63%
OUR APPRENTICESHIPS HAVE
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From Millbrook’s perspective, the Apprenticeship Scheme with Bedford College has been very successful. The fact that we’ve taken on new apprentices year on year since 2011, not only in the core engineering areas, but also in support roles such as business administrators, is testament to this.
Millbrook Proving Ground
Source: Bedford College Employer Data
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Bedford College student Daniel Bullen wins the ‘Disability Sports Award’ at the Bedford Sports Awards.
Bedford College unveil details of its new £5 million Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre.
Judith Larsen, Bedford College, wins teacher of the year at the annual TES FE Awards.
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Double reward for Bedford College students in the design competition set by brand engineers CGI Creative Graphics International.
Shuttleworth College receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for its work in tracing the DNA of “Shakespeare’s Pear.”
Shuttleworth Horticulture students scoop the silver at the Ideal Home Show’s ‘Young Gardeners of the year’ competition.
Bedford College student Alberto Speziale wins YCN Award for his entry to an international competition set by the Fedrigoni company.
Bedford College and Tresham College merge to create the biggest provider in the local area.
Over 1,000 students who failed maths and English at schools now have GCSE English and Maths at grade C (grade 4) and above thanks to Bedford College.
Bedford College win Gold at the national Collegeâ€™s Marketing Network FE First Awards evening.
Bedford College take first prize in the Large Business of the Year Award at the first Bedfordshire Midweek Newspaper ceremony on November 21st.
Three talented young people represent The Bedford College Group in the World Skills Show event in the NEC Birmingham.
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BEDFORD COLLEGE SERVICES Bedford College Services (BCS) is the commercial wing of Bedford College. It is a multi-faceted enterprise that operates across the leisure, hospitality, catering, theatre and facilities hire sectors across the College estate.
OUR VISION BCS will become a significant contributor to educational funding within Bedford College, through the provision of hospitality, sport, leisure and entertainment services to Bedford and the surrounding community.
OUR MISSION BCS will provide a suite of services for staff and students and build a range of commercially viable activities and services to external customers, utilising the Collegeâ€™s assets for both educational and financial benefit.
TRINITY ARTS & LEISURE
THE GRAND HALL
We currently hire out Trinity Arts & Leisure for swimming, sports and fitness and theatre events. We pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service, high-quality facilities, enjoyable classes, a strong safety record and unrivalled value.
This beautiful hall is the perfect venue for wedding ceremonies and special occasions, helping you to celebrate in style. Situated in the heart of Bedford town centre, the magnificent Grand Hall, Bromham Road is steeped in history. Dating back to 1882, this stunning ground floor room is now fully licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies for up to 150 guests.
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MUNCH & MOCHA
THE VENUE HUB
Munch & Mocha is the brand that encompasses the catering options offered by BCS across 3 sites: Munch & Mocha Trinity, Munch & Mocha Bedford and Munch & Mocha Shuttleworth. We offer refreshments and freshly cooked food to staff and students and also have the capacity to offer catering for external events.
The Venue Hub offers a wide range of facilities hire to external organisations and individuals for meetings, events and experiences. Our offer includes: theatres, a sports hall, a dance studio, recording and rehearsal studios, digital editing suites, a tv studio and a variety of meeting and conference rooms. www.thevenuehub.com
munch & M O C H A
TRINITY ARTS & LEISURE
27,000 MUNCH & MOCHA
8 WEDDINGS /
72 NEWLY TRAINED LIFEGUARDS
OVER 1,200 CHILDREN LEARNT
TO SWIM IN 16/17
Source: Bedford College Services Data
THE GRAND HALL
6 NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE COURSES COMPLETED www.bedford.ac.uk
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FINANCIAL REPORT INCOME 2015
Tuition fees and education contracts
Funding body grants
Endowment and investment income Total income
WE’RE ONE OF THE MOST
IN THE COUNTRY
Other operating expenses
Depreciation and amortisation
Interest and other finance costs Total expenditure
OUR FINANCES HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS
‘OUTSTANDING’ FOR OVER A DECADE
Surplus before other gains and losses
Loss on disposal of fixed assets
Surplus before tax
Surplus for the year
Unrealised surplus on revaluation of assets
Actuarial loss in respect of pension schemes
Total comprehensive income for the year
Source: Financial Statements for year ended 31 July 2017 (Bedford College, 2017)
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BALANCE SHEET Group 2015
College 2015 (£’000s)
College 2016 (£’000s)
Total fixed assets
Net current assets
Total assets less current liabilities
Creditors - amount falling due after more than one year
Defined benefit obligations
Total net assets
Total unrestricted reserves
OUR COMMUNITY SCORECARD The community scorecard is a tool to help everyone understand more about how Bedford College is performing. The scorecard is made up of 12 sections covering all aspects of our organisation, from our students’ success and our environmental record, to how the College contributes to the local community and more. Each section is rated and assigned a traffic light coloured score (green, amber or red) to show how successfully the College is meeting its requirements for that area.
STUDENTS How do we get students involved in what we do?
What do our students say about us?
How do our students succeed?
Where do our student go next?
COMMUNITY Who do we work with in the community?
Who comes to our College?
How do our courses match local needs?
How well known are we locally?
What does the community think about us?
How environmentally friendly are we?
EMPLOYERS What work do we do with employers?
How do we help businesses?
What do employers think about us?
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CUSTOMER CARE CHARTER
At Bedford College we are committed to continuously improving the standards of service we offer to all our customers. We are committed to: •
Treating you with honesty, openness and respect in line with our College values
Providing you with a consistent, co-ordinated and proactive service
Responding to your communications with us quickly and effectively
Providing you with access to clear and accurate information, advice and guidance
Providing opportunities for you to easily give us feedback
Continuously improving our service to you
Customer feedback We always welcome and value feedback. If you have had a positive experience from a particular service or member of staff, or have any suggestions for further improvement, please tell us by visiting www.bedford.ac.uk/haveyoursay
Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AH Tel: 01234 291000 Email: email@example.com www.bedford.ac.uk
Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2BS Tel: 01234 291291 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk
Old Warden Park, Biggleswade SG18 9DX Tel: 01767 626222 Email: email@example.com www.shuttleworth.ac.uk