Another outstanding year of success
Truro & Penwith College
The first tertiary or further education college in the country to be awarded ‘Outstanding’ status by Ofsted in the new framework
Truro & Penwith College Annual Report
That status was confirmed in 2016 when Ofsted made it the first college nationally to be graded “Outstanding” under the new inspection framework. These eternal judgments are based on the success of our students, their experiences, their achievements and progression into employment and higher education, and on the value that employers and businesses place on our work. Other recent public recognition of the quality of the College’s work have come in the form of its TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold rating for Higher Education, the AoC National Beacon Award for Leadership and Governance (2016), and The AoC National Beacon ‘Leading Light’ Award (2017).
Truro College was established as a tertiary college in 1992 and was officially opened in 1993. The growth and success of the College has been remarkable. In 2008, Truro College merged with Penwith College. That merger built upon Truro College’s successful foundations to provide high quality Further and Higher Education that makes a major contribution to the economy and social life in the community. The College now recruits from across the whole of Cornwall. It continues to grow, investing in new buildings and resources for all its learners. It is now developing a new post-16 campus at Callywith, Bodmin, to serve the north and east of the county. Its first students began their studies there in September 2017.
Our reputation locally and nationally is excellent. It has earned us new designations and roles to support improvement across all phases in education; these include our work in partnership as a Maths Hub, as a cross-phase Teaching School, and within an Academy Trust for primary and secondary education.
Following our recognition as a Beacon College, the College was the first tertiary college in the country to be awarded ‘Designated Outstanding’ status by Ofsted.
As our student curriculum offer and numbers have grown, we have continued to expand our facilities. Our financial position remains strong. For a very large percentage of the young people in Cornwall, study at a Truro and Penwith College campus is their first choice. We are also confidently expanding the range of skills training and support opportunities we offer to local businesses and employers. We are determined that this growing area of work will show the same outstanding quality that has been identified in respect of our work with students in fulltime academic and vocational learning. National policy continues to generate a range of reforms and challenges in further education. We are determined to maintain our clarity of vision, our commitment to our tertiary role and, above all, our commitment to do everything we can to meet the needs of individual students.
Cornwall Teaching School The College is the only College with a Teaching School. Expansion continues with participation in its activities including 72% of all secondary and 64% of all primary schools in Cornwall. Over the last year, it organised over 40 events and also took responsibility for the newly qualified teachersâ€™ programme for over 170 trainees. Other highlights were: the NQT Conferences, the Pupil Premium Conference with guest speaker Sir John Dunford (National Pupil Premium Champion from 2013-15), a Wellbeing Conference (attended by 120 delegates) and a highly successful Women into Senior Leadership Programme for primary and secondary teachers. After a competitive bidding process, Cornwall Teaching School was also awarded ÂŁ486,000 by the Department for Education to improve the progress of primary and secondary school students in mathematics across the region. This follows on from previous successes in being awarded a Mathematics Hub, the Science Learning Partnership, host for the institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Our Wider Remit Callywith College In September 2017, the College opened its third campus in Bodmin, with Callywith College a 16-19 Free School for 1280 students at its heart. Callywith College recruited over 330 students for its opening year with a broad curriculum offer including 28 A Levels and a range of Level 2 and 3 vocational diplomas. Callywith College aims to bring the Truro and Penwith College experience to young people in North and East Cornwall, seeking to significantly raise achievement and revitalise the community.
Truro and Penwith Academy Trust The Truro and Penwith Multi-Academy Trust was established in February 2014 and focuses on the provision of pre-16 education. The trust has a strategic intention to work with primary and secondary schools in geographic alignment with the centres of operation for the College. Truro and Penwith Multi-Academy Trust continues to expand its reach. From one initial partner in 2013, the Trust has now grown to embrace twenty schools in three hubs across Cornwall. Schools are able to benefit from one another and the expertise of Truro and Penwith College to realise local solutions in achieving outstanding outcomes for young people. In turn, the Trust works in partnership with Cornwall Teaching School. The designated teaching school of Truro and Penwith College is a National Support School (NSS), led by National Leaders of Education (NLE), to provide bespoke school support and improvement activities of the highest quality in its schools. Cornwall SCITT, based at Truro Campus, provides outstanding, bespoke teacher training for primary and secondary teaching routes.
Student Enrolments & Experience Although falling demographics have resulted in lower student numbers, full-time student enrolments were strong in September 2016. In 2016/17 there were 6276 full-time and 7950 part-time students in total.
We believe that our successful level of enrolments is due to a number of factors: • The College’s outstanding results and the progress made by students. • The College’s responsiveness in providing a wide range of courses. • Continued development of new courses, in particular occupational training and Level 6 opportunities. • High quality teaching that is stimulating, encouraging and supportive of students. • Students’ access to exceptionally high quality resources and facilities. • The student experience, personal support and wide range of opportunities provided. • Excellent relationships with partner schools and employers.
Full and part-time enrolments remained buoyant at both the Truro and Penwith campuses. Our Higher Education enrolments remain positive in a challenging environment. The range of part-time opportunities in particular has expanded significantly to provide higher level skills both for people in employment and for the unemployed.
Our intention is to provide the best possible experience for our students. This means creating an environment in which students feel a sense of ownership and identity with both the College and their courses. The structure, content and style of teaching are designed to provide a stimulating, purposeful and well-organised setting within which people of all ages and with differing learning needs can thrive. Learning in an attractive setting and having access to the use of excellent equipment and other high quality resources are important aspects of our students’ experience. During 2016/17 the College continued to invest heavily in new equipment and accommodation.
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Our intention is to provide the best possible experience for our students
Our students Full-time Students
05 Part-time Students *Truro and Penwith College merger
Truro and Penwith Colleges continue to develop their accommodation and Callywith College, near Bodmin, opened as planned, in September 2017. Each campus has a range of specialist teaching environments, sports, performance arts and conference facilities. These are maintained to the highest professional standards and made available to hire for community and business events.
A dedicated team of staff are focussed on managing and maintaining our buildings and grounds to a high standard and our students use the environment with pride and care, recognising the privilege that learning or working at Truro, Penwith and Callywith Colleges affords us.
The College also has a number of smaller off-site centres, some of local historical interest. Refurbishment work on the Morrab Road Arts School and former library continues and the building has recently been awarded Grade II listed status, joining Tregye and Treneere Manors in Truro and Penzance respectively. Haven House in Truro centre continues to house our Business Centre along with Inspiration Hair and Beauty Salons and Spires Coffee Bar. Senara and Spires Restaurants welcome public diners on the main campuses in Penwith and Truro. On the Harbour in Penzance, the Watersports Centre continues to flourish in partnership with local schools.
Finance & Resources
Total income 2016/2017: £42,012,000 01 Funding Body Grants: £27,809,000 02 Fee income (excl. HE): £1,590,000
In common with many other providers, cuts to public sector funding were difficult to manage. The College achieved a small underlying operating surplus. Strong reserves enabled the College to continue to invest in teaching facilities and the College remains debt free. The College sources of income for the year are illustrated in the pie chart opposite.
03 Investment income: £420,000 04 Other grants (e.g. European): £3,461,000 05 Other operating income: £3,450,000 06 Higher Education fees: £5,282,000
The College staffing has increased slightly in 2016/17, due to staff employed on project work funded through grant income. We continue to attract, recruit and retain quality staff. Staff are committed to helping deliver a quality service with the absence rate remaining below sector averages. We continue to employ highly skilled and flexible staff with a low turnover.
Full-time Equivalent Staff 1993-2017 *Truro and Penwith College merger
Community Collaboration: Working to support community partnerships While our priority and mission is to provide the best quality learning experience for our students, we recognise the wider community value that our buildings and facilities have to offer. Our shared-use partnerships with Cornwall Cricket and Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) continue to flourish, benefitting College, leisure and sporting communities alike.
Other local and national teams, including Chelsea Football Club, Exeter Chiefs and the Cornish Pirates also benefit from the use of our facilities and offer young people in Cornwall the opportunity to train at a high professional level. Locally, a number of small teams have discounted access to use sporting and arts facilities and a range of charity and community groups make use of our conference and meeting accommodation.
Our long standing partnerships with The Arts Society Truro (formerly Truro Decorative Fine Arts Society) and Truro 3 Arts Classical Music Society both thrive. At weekends, the National Saturday Art and Design Club, Special Olympics Cornwall and Netball Team Bath are all regular College users. We are key partners in the Cornwall Music Education Hub, bringing a comprehensive music offer to children and young people across Cornwall and pleased to be home to a number of smaller music groups and societies who use our facilities.
On a more commercial level, we provide venues for bridal shows, church congregations, bee keeping and wildlife events, flower arranging demonstrations and a host of other conventions and gatherings. Truro and Penwith College is proud of our tradition in providing support for community partnerships throughout the year.
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Public Value The College seeks to enhance the social, economic and physical wellbeing of the communities it serves. The College actively promotes inclusion and is an Investor in Diversity. By developing positive action strategies and policies it seeks to ensure that all residents of Cornwall have equal access to the College facilities and activities. The College values every educational aim of every student equally and seeks to raise the aspirations of its students and staff so that they can make the maximum contribution to the community.
The range of both Full-time and Part-time Further Education courses continued to evolve at both the Truro and Penwith sites, particularly as a result of significant changes in national curriculum policy. The College works in partnership with local schools, the Local Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure local needs are met and to provide opportunities for progression onto Higher Education and employment and for the development of skills in the workplace.
Economically, the College supports local businesses and provides a broad range of learning to maximise the skills and knowledge of students. It engages with local employers to meet the specific needs of businesses and non-commercial partners. The College understands its environmental responsibilities, actively promotes a sustainable approach to its activities, and encourages community use of its facilities.
We have a wide-ranging programme at Advanced Level, which has been subject to significant external change in both specifications and assessment. We currently offer 42 A Level or A/S Level subjects and 21 Extended Diploma courses. The International Baccalaureate has over 100 students currently following the programme. The College has expanded its curriculum offer into several areas of vocational learning such as professional cookery, construction and automotive engineering, which have all proved to be extremely popular both as full-time courses and Apprenticeships. Partnerships with employers such as Rick Stein’s and St Austell Brewery enrich the student experience. To ensure all students are able to achieve GCSE Grade C in English and/or Maths, the College introduced new ‘Progression’ pathways to enable students to progress from Level 1 through to Level 6. Courses on offer include Progression 1 Exploring the Care sectors and Progression 2 ICT and include Enterprise learning to provide learners with the skills needed to progress into employment. Additionally, we continue to offer vocational options to 14-16 year olds in local schools through the Young College initiative. Our successful engagement with employers continues to expand provision in related programmes with significant growth in Apprenticeships in a broad range of sectors including catering and engineering. We offer all students the opportunity to join an academy to enhance their learning experience. The Academic Academy gives additional support and academic ‘stretch’ to gifted and talented students and over 100 students regularly attended during 2016/17. The College’s Medics’ Academy supports 60 aspiring medics through the application process. We have fifteen sporting academies including Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, Swimming, Surfing, Badminton, Tennis, Elite and Golf with over 600 students participating. The Music Academy has proved to be very popular giving over 30 talented musicians wider performance and development opportunities. Further academy programmes include Art, Enterprise, STEM and Computing.
Our commitment to all learners in the local community is reflected in the opportunities offered through open learning, including programmes designed to increase adult basic skills, and in programmes run in Foundation Studies, which include provision for a range of students with various learning needs. The aim of our curriculum offer remains the same: to provide as much flexibility and as broad a choice for students as possible. The College has produced detailed publicity material to explain the many possibilities.
The College is delivering several projects as part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme, Funded from the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. The College has submitted expressions of interest for other projects that, if successful, would commence in 2018.
A Reputation for Quality This follows on from the Ofsted inspection of Further Education provision in 2016, which saw the college retain its Outstanding status, the first to do so in over five years and the first further education college to gain an outstanding grade nationally in over 18 months of inspections against the new framework. The College holds a range of quality awards recognising high standards and good practice. These include matrix accreditation for information, advice and guidance and Investor in Careers. It was awarded the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing and also the AoC Leading Light Award. In 2016/17, the College was awarded the South West College of the year for Diversity. It is also shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) College of the Year Award for 2017 (to be announced in February 2018).
Truro and Penwith College was once again one of the top colleges for student performance in 2016/17, retaining its national reputation for excellence. In the Department for Education 2017 Performance Tables the College exceeded the national and local average on all nine key measures for attainment and progress. In June 2017, the College was awarded the highest possible rating of Gold for the Teaching Excellence Framework, or TEF, the new teaching quality ratings system for Higher Education. This means that the quality of teaching and support for degree level students at the College is rated as outstanding.
The Future Progression Perhaps the most important outcome of any programme of study is the extent to which it enables learners to move forward in their lives in the way that they had hoped. Not only have our studentsâ€™ academic successes been outstanding, personal aims and aspirations have also been achieved. At the end of the academic year 2016/17 there were 2711 students who progressed either into Higher Education, employment or who were continuing in Further Education in a new programme of study. 94% of those continuing in Further Education returned to Truro and Penwith College.
Bath, Aberdeen, Dundee, Birmingham, London and Manchester. 14 students secured places to study Medicine and another two for Dentistry. The range of subjects being studied reflects the breadth of courses on offer at university level. Some of the more unusual subjects that our former students are currently reading include Dental Therapy and Hygiene, Fashion Communication, Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies, War Studies and History, Cosmetic Science and International Football Business. The most popular employment sectors entered were hospitality, catering, retail, childcare, health and social care, construction, engineering and automotive engineering. Whether our students are in employment, training, on a gap year or at university, we wish them every success for the future.
1207 students entered Higher Education with 89% progressing onto their first choice of university. 282 students progressed to Russell Group universities with 12 accepting places at Oxford or Cambridge. 92 Truro and Penwith College students progressed to Higher Education provision within Truro and Penwith College.
Looking Ahead The College had another outstandingly successful year. We retain a very clear sense of purpose and we are already planning new initiatives and programmes for the coming year. Changes in government policies will provide new challenges and new opportunities. The College has the strength to move forward to another period of outstanding success.
The most popular Higher Education institutions accessed were University of Plymouth and Truro and Penwith College. A high percentage of students remained in the South West studying a range of disciplines. University of Plymouth (118), Truro and Penwith College (92), Bristol University of the West of England (90), University of Exeter (62), Falmouth University (58), Cardiff (69) and Marjon (29). Further afield, students can be found in Bournemouth,
In 2016/17 the tradition of very high levels of achievement by our students at Truro and Penwith College was again upheld.
Our Students The Department for Education Attainment Tables, published in January 2017, shows the College performance significantly above both the Cornwall and national averages on all the key measures relating to Academic courses (A Level and IB Diploma) and Level 3 vocational courses.
The success rate and progression to employment for Apprentices, with nearly 400 completing last year, remains strong with overall success rates over 10% above national averages. On the ‘points per entry’ measure for Academic provision the College’s score of 33.7 is over three points above the national average for state funded providers and the third highest achieved of any GFE or Tertiary college in the country. For Applied General (vocational) provision, the College’s score of 38.3 is also more than three points above the national average for state funded providers and the fourth highest achieved by a GFE or Tertiary college. On Technical Level 3 (occupational) courses the College’s score of 34.5 is again over three points above the national rates showing that students make excellent progress for whatever type of course they study at Truro and Penwith College.
The tables indicate the outstanding progress made by A Level and other academic students at the College. Students achieved significantly higher grades than those predicted by their GCSE results. This is evidenced by a college’s value added score of +0.28 of a grade, the highest achieved by any GFE or Tertiary college in the country and in the top 5% of all institutions nationally.
In Higher Education, nearly 400 students gained qualifications including nearly 140 full honours degrees with a record percentage of 1st class awards. Student responses on the National Student Survey regarding the quality of the HE provision were well above national averages and formed part of the evidence for the TEF Gold Award. All of these indicators confirmed that the College’s performance is well above both national and local averages. However, as well as successfully achieving their qualifications, our students tell us that they enjoy being at the College.
Students who completed courses during 2016/17 have maintained excellent levels of achievement for which the College has a national reputation. A Level Courses Truro and Penwith College has once again achieved outstanding success with A Level provision. The College has a reputation for being one of the highest achieving in the sector. With one of the largest cohorts in the country, at over 900 A Level students, the College’s 99% pass rate overall at A Level is 1% above the national rate. The percentage of higher Grades A*- C awarded stands at 86%, 8% above the national average. In terms of value added performance at A Level, the College was rated as ‘Outstanding’ on the ALPS ranking and the DfE Performance Tables placed it as the highest performing GFE or Tertiary college nationally and in the top 5% of all A Level providers.
• 100% pass rate in 39 subjects • 227 A* grades achieved • Over one hundred students achieved three or more Grade As or A*s
02 Rosie Morey from St Teath studies A Level Law, Biology, Chemistry and History. Rosie is previously from Sir James Smith’s School.
Demonstrating the popularity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) A Level subjects at the College, Biology registered 155 successful students, with 130 in Chemistry, 92 in Physics and 241 in Mathematics. The College now delivers over 50% of entire Level 3 STEM provision in Cornwall.
01 Junayed Ahmed from Truro studies A Level Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and the Chemistry Academy. Junayed is previously from Penair School. “I chose Truro as it has excellent facilities and the staff are both welcoming and enthusiastic. Their enthusiasm is infectious and this has led me to apply to study Chemistry at university.”
“The range of courses and independence you get is a huge change from GCSE. Make the most of your time at College and the many exciting opportunities.”
03 Paul Couch from St Ives studies A Level Mathematics, Biology, English Literature and Music Practitioner Subsidiary Diploma. Paul is previously from St Ives School.
04 Oscar McCay-Hines from Tywardreath studies A Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Music (Classical) Subsidiary Diploma. Oscar is previously from Penrice Academy.
“I chose Penwith because of the campus environment. It has a friendly atmosphere and is a close-knit community. I enjoy learning independently with the guidance of the teaching staff. I plan to go to university to study Maths and Music.”
“It’s challenging but I really enjoy doing these subjects every day. I’m looking forward to studying Maths at university.”
Vocational Courses The College enters students for assessment in a wide range of courses at different levels and results in 2017 were again excellent. Nearly 900 Truro and Penwith College students were successful in their Level 3 Extended Diploma. Over 60% of students on BTEC Extended Diploma courses gained three Distinction or Distinction* Grades, equivalent of three Grade As at A Level, compared to just over 40% nationally. 230 students achieved the very highest grade of triple Distinction*. On other Level 3 programmes, such as University of Arts for London Art and Media courses, CACHE Childcare, and on BTEC Level 2 vocational programmes high grade achievement was also above national averages.
The progress made by students, as measured by the difference between what on average nationally a student would have achieved based on their GCSEs and what they did achieve, was again well above both local and national rates.
07 Sasha Goldsworthy from Hayle studies the Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma. Sasha is previously from St Ives School.
Success rates on NVQs, VRQs or professional occupational qualifications in areas such as in Accountancy, Beauty Therapy, Catering, Construction, Hairdressing and Light Vehicle Maintenance were equally high, with around 400 16-18 year old students and 150 19+ students gaining these qualifications. Many students have successfully progressed onto higher level study or into Higher Education, Apprenticeships and employment.
06 Gabriella Ciliberto from Penzance studies the Lens Based Media Level 3 Diploma. Gabriella is previously from Mounts Bay Academy.
05 Callum Gilbert from Porthleven Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma and Elite Academy. Callum is previously from Helston Community College.
“I have been encouraged to express my creativity and explore a diverse range of media. I have particularly enjoyed the link between my photography and graphic design. The lecturers do encourage you to work hard but also to have fun with the subject as media is all about people, communication and popular culture. ”
“I’ve really enjoyed all the opportunities at College, especially being able to train alongside my studies. I’m looking forward to joining the Royal Marines Commando when I finish my course.”
“I chose Penwith because the facilities are great and the restaurant has a good reputation locally. I enjoy the respect that I am shown by the teaching chefs and the support and guidance I am given along with some freedom to try my own ideas.”
Vocational Skills & Foundation Studies Cornwall is faced with particular problems in regards to high needs provision. As a peninsular, access to specialist provision is difficult and frequently provision is distant and residential with the additional stress for students and families that might entail. 01 Joe Kinsman from Redruth studies Access Inclusive Learning. Joe was previously from Pencalenick School.
In response to this demand the College has constructed a provision around the four main specialist areas of complex Autism, severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), moderate learning difficulties (MLD) and severe mental health. Growth is dramatic and now meets over 50% of high needs provision in Cornwall, in excess of 200 students. High quality high needs provision is rare. Of all high needs inspections since the introduction of the new Ofsted framework in September 2015, the College is one of only five providers to be graded Outstanding in high needs provision.
“I enjoy College. It doesn’t feel like normal school, it is a much more relaxed atmosphere. This helps me work harder in a calmer environment. The teachers are nice and don’t shout you down. I would like to be a voice over actor. I am going to choose drama next year to help my confidence and performing. I would also like to be an author, so my English lessons are helping me with structure and syntax.”
The breadth of curriculum continues to address the demand from students wishing to eventually progress onto an Apprenticeship, fulltime employment or further learning. Collectively known as Personal and Professional Development, these courses focus on developing skills required for the working environment and improving learners’ confidence and communication skills. The programme is individually designed with meaningful work experience aligned against career intention and qualifications across the ability range. During the summer of 2017, the course was visited by Ofsted as part of a good practice report to be published during 2018.
IB Diploma This year’s IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate) students at Truro College have exceeded the very high standards of previous years. The average points score achieved by candidates was a record 37. 25% of the cohort gained over 40 points, putting them in the top 4% of IB students worldwide, with 70% of students exceeding the UK average score. This is a remarkable achievement and well in excess of offers made by competitive universities within the 32-36 point range
02 Tom Robinson from St Issey studies the IB Diploma. Tom is previously from Wadebridge.
03 Louise Wilde from Blackwater studies the IB Diploma. Louise is previously from Richard Lander School.
“I chose the IB because it offers such a variety of subjects and it meant you didn’t have to make your mind up about what you wanted to do, keeping your options open for university and whatever you do afterwards like Apprenticeships or anything really. I particularly enjoy second year English Literature as you get to focus on a lot of good poets and a wide range of all things English Literature.”
“The IB has been one of the best choices I have ever made. It is perfect for students who want to keep their options open for university and those who love to learn a broad range of subjects. During my studies here, I have received fantastic support from teachers and fellow students. I believe what makes the IB special is the family-like feel to the course, which has really helped me to flourish. ”
Our Students Young College The College remains committed to the successful provision for 14-16 year olds on a day release scheme. We work with our local partner schools. The Young College offering across both Truro and Penwith College has students engaged in a variety of provisions. Truro and Penwith College offers a range of provisions at Key Stage 4. Courses range from Entry Level to Level 2 Diplomas in vocational areas including Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Construction and Motor Vehicle Engineering.
04 Josh from Penair School studies Health and Social Care
“Young College is really fun and you get to make lots of new friends and it’s something that makes the day more fun and is something a bit different to school. I decided to choose Health and Social Care because it’s something I’m really passionate about and would like to learn more about it in the future. And Health and Social Care is really good because you can learn more about things of that nature in more detail. ”
A presentation evening is held each June where representatives from partner schools, along with staff, students, parents and families come together to celebrate the young learners’ achievements. There are other opportunities for young people to access College provision. These are set up in conjunction with mainstream partner schools and Short Stay Schools on an individual basis ensuring all young learners have access to appropriate courses.
Part-time Courses In 2016/17, Truro and Penwith College had approximately 8,000 part-time students studying a wide range of daytime and evening courses designed to inspire our adult learners. The Part-time Courses provision includes an extensive range of courses at all levels. We encourage students to achieve their aims either through gaining a qualification, learning a new skill, continuing a hobby or following an interest while meeting new friends. Courses are offered at a variety of locations including village halls and local schools as well as the main College campuses.
05 Louis Hayward Part-time Recreational Photography “I, as many people do, enjoy taking pictures while out and decided to take the plunge and buy a DSLR camera. But no matter how much I read the instruction manual it didn’t help so I decided to look for a course that would show me how to use my new purchase and working full-time a part-time course was my only option.
I googled part-time photography courses and a number came up, but the one that really stood out was Truro and Penwith College, ease of location and the course content helped make my final decision to call the next day and book onto the course. I had initially gone to learn how to use the buttons that looked so menacing on my camera but came away with a passion for photography. I left with a whole new outlook of taking a photo. My walks or even strolls on the beach have been changed forever. I drift away into the photograph I’m trying to take. I get on my knees, move to the side, and actually look at what is in the shot.”
Our Students Higher Education Truro and Penwith College currently offers over 40 full-time University courses from Level 4 to Honours Degree Level and a range of teacher training courses.
In 2017, 139 students graduated with full honours, including 40 awards for First Class Degree Honours, 206 with a Foundation Degree or an HND and 24 students graduated with a teaching qualification in Education and Training. From September 2015, the majority of Foundation Degrees and HNDs at the College have a local progression route through to a full Honours Degree, which is a great achievement and wonderful opportunity for students to complete their HE journey in Cornwall. Many students are able to complete their full Honours Degree at Truro and Penwith College. In March 2016, the College’s HE provision was inspected by QAA where the quality of teaching and learning and the quality assurance processes are measured against the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. All expectations in the Quality Code were successfully met. Higher Education at the College continues to provide excellent opportunities for students to find professional jobs in the local area.
01 Louise Zehtabi FdA Children & Young People’s Workforce After spending her time working in retail and looking after her three children, Louise decided that it was time to get a job with longevity and something that she really enjoyed doing. Adopting the mind-set to work with children, Louise chose to study the FdA Children and Young People’s Workforce course due to the vast choice of careers she could enter into after graduating. Volunteering with Barnardos as an advocate, Louise enjoyed helping children who found themselves on the wrong path, acknowledging its challenging nature but finding it very rewarding.
02 Kai Topping HND Media Moving Image
03 Nicky Yeo FdSc Biomedical Studies
With an appetite for producing and presenting radio, Kai decided to study for the HND Media Moving Image course, with a focus on audio due to the flexibility of the programme. Proving his passion for storytelling, Kai was awarded with Cornwall Film Festival’s ‘Screen Actions Factual Entertainment’ prize for his documentary film, which portrayed a truthful depiction of mental health. Keen to develop his journalistic skills, Kai has a promising future within the media industry owing to his newfound confidence.
Greatly influenced by blue areas in the Cornish landscape, Nicky decided to stay in Cornwall to study for her FdSc Biomedical Studies course at Truro College before completing a topup course, placement year, Master’s Degree and PhD within the same field. After taking an eight-week placement at the Knowledge Spa in Truro, Nicky was offered a part-time job in the Cellular Pathology labs, assisting the diagnostic testing of blood and cells, which she did alongside her study at the College. Nicky’s PhD research project now investigates the idea of using virtual aquatic environments to improve psychological health and wellbeing outcomes in healthcare contexts, with the aim of bottling the benefits of Cornish nature and bringing it inside.
“The tutors really made this course flexible for me; they let me specialise in audio and because of the small class sizes, they were really able to tailor the lessons to me.”
“The course has given me a totally new purpose; it wasn’t something I ever thought that I would be capable of completing, not to mention coming out with a first class honours!”
“The real reason I went to Truro College was because I wasn’t ready to leave home at aged 19, so now I get to study in Cornwall and be here where the beach is.”
Cornwall SCITT Truro and Penwith College works in partnership with 40 primary schools and 25 secondary schools and colleges to combine as Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). The College holds governance responsibility for the course and hosts the professional studies PGCE programme. 04 Jack Dudley from South Wales now lives in St Ives and is training to become a geography teacher with Cornwall SCITT.
The Cornwall SCITT course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for teaching either at primary or secondary level. Successful trainees also have the option to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (60 credits at Masters-level awarded by Bath Spa University but delivered by Cornwall SCITT. 94% of the 2016/17 cohort were successful in gaining employment in schools by the end of the training year. The current cohort has just over 90 trainees across the primary and secondary routes.
“I went to Bournemouth University and studied Applied Geography. Having travelled extensively as a surfer, I started surf coaching shortly after graduating. This allowed me to explore my passion for travelling, as well as supporting young people to engage with surfing. I really enjoyed watching young people develop confidence and new skills, which inspired me to use my degree-level knowledge as a geography teacher.
Cornwall SCITT was awarded ‘Outstanding ITT Provider’ status by Ofsted in 2016, sustaining its national reputation for excellence. The SCITT programme is now in its 18th year and provides a oneyear, full-time secondary teacher training programme in 12 specialist subject areas: Art & Design; Computer Science; Design and Technology; English; Geography; History; Mathematics; Modern Languages; Music; PE, RE and the Sciences. The two primary courses span early year & key stage 1, or 5-11. Central training for primary is currently based in Heartlands, Pool. This successful partnership also underpins the School Direct model of Initial Teacher Training for which the College is the lead body on behalf of the Cornwall Teaching School. Cornwall SCITT is the Accredited Provider for the primary and secondary routes to School Direct, which has enabled further growth in opportunities to teach in the county, including a new part-time salaried option for Maths, Physics and MFL graduates.
Cornwall SCITT supported me through the application process, and made the steps achievable while still working.
The course has been tailored to meet my individual needs and has given me the confidence to lead whole lessons early on in the course. There is a lot of support applying for jobs and the SCITT staff are committed to achieving a successful outcome for everyone.”
Access to Higher Education Access courses provide mature students with a one year route leading towards a range of related Higher Education courses. The College offers many courses covering Nursing and Human Sciences, Health and Social Care, Humanities, Teaching & Law, Psychology and Science. There were 119 successful learners on these programmes this year. Given that many of these have family commitments in Cornwall, they have taken the opportunity offered by the growth of HE provision in the county to progress into Higher Education locally.
05 Chantel Richards from Penzance is studying Access to HE Science at Truro College. “As a younger student I had a negative experience of Further Education and was left wondering how I would ever progress to university. After speaking to the Programme Team Leader of Science I was advised that, because of my age and my interest in progressing to a Science-based degree, that the Access course would be the most appropriate route. “The course is well structured and there are plenty of resources available to help complete the assignments. As a wheelchair user I was really impressed with the level of support I received, particularly during laboratory sessions where I was enabled to take part in all practical elements of the course. After completing my UCAS application, where I applied to study a degree in Human Nutrition, I am extremely excited to have received three conditional offers. I have accepted a place at Bath Spa University and cannot wait to start the next chapter of my life.”
Truro & Penwith College Business Truro and Penwith Business provides a high quality and bespoke service for the business community of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, working with over 6000 organisations, ranging from large to micro. The team work in partnership with local businesses to identify and address training needs, including supporting businesses to recruit new talent in the form of Apprentices.
develop programmes directly in response to their needs, with highly positive results and impact. Programmes now regularly include 1:1 coaching, action learning, work place projects and 360 degree feedback assessments. These elements have visibility increased and sustained the individual and business impact of taught sessions. The Business Team support organisations to identity and better understand their training needs, including how these can be addressed and supported both internally and by the College. Where needs cannot be met by the College, organisations are signposted to other local providers. Significant consideration is given to the impact of the solutions, the differences that the organisation wants to be able to see. Organisations are advised on the actions they can take to best support training and individuals undergoing training to support them on their journey and to achieve positive change.
The department is dedicated to delivering a programme of Apprenticeships, qualifications, short courses and bespoke training. The programmes cover a wide range of areas; management, accountancy, business administration, marketing, health and social care, construction, engineering, motor vehicle, hairdressing, IT, hospitality, ESOL and health and safety. The year 2017 saw the development of many new Apprenticeship standards and Apprenticeship success rates well above the national average. Learner and employer feedback continues to be highly positive, with many comments referring to the high standard of tutors, commenting on their professionalism, ability to engage, business knowledge, approachability and dedication.
Partnerships are well developed locally with the LEP, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and both the Growth and Skills Hub. Truro and Penwith College continued to host the third annual Cornwall Apprentice Awards in 2017. The Awards are independently judged by local business sponsors, 10 out of the 13 winners were Truro and Penwith College students, including the Apprentice of the Year, Shannon Oâ€™Regan from Marzipan Hair.
Truro and Penwith Business has seen a growth in requests for bespoke provision, including those looking for alternative delivery methods. This involves working in partnership with businesses to
What we do
Professional & Mandatory Qualifications: A wide range of courses for specialised business sectors. From accountancy, HR and marketing to health and safety and manual handling.
Awarded the Training Quality Standard, the quality mark of excellence in the provision of training and development of solutions for employers, Truro and Penwith College Business delivers high quality solutions that make a real difference to business.
Management & Leadership Training: A wide range of programmes from supervisor to board level including professional qualifications, 1:1 coaching, bespoke training and management development programmes. Business Skills Seminars: One day business boosting workshops carefully crafted by business leaders considering specific business needs, offering transferable skills that can be taken away and put to immediate use.
Mandatory Qua lific nal & sio ati s on eadership L & ofe t r s n e T P m r e a g i n a i n n g Ma ss Skills Semina sine rs Bu ng & Mentori achi ng Co T e r k a o i n p i ng Bes
Coaching & Mentoring: Training individuals to develop their coaching and mentoring skills via accredited and bespoke courses, equipping individuals with the skills to support the development of themselves and others.
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Bespoke Training: Programmes tailored to specific business needs and delivered at a time and place to suit the business.
Apprenticeships: Apprenticeship programmes for anyone 16 or over to suit any industry. They are suitable for employing new Apprentices or for training existing members of staff.
Truro & Penwith College Business
Consultancy: Supporting businesses to identify their training and development needs, including how these can be addressed both internally and externally. Advising businesses on how to maximise the value of business training. Networking: We host a number of business networking events throughout the year that are open to all businesses in Cornwall. This is known as the Cornwall Business Club.
01 Shannon O’Regan Cornwall’s 2017 Apprentice of the Year
Shannon O’Regan, 17 from St Columb started her Saturday job at Marzipan Hair in Truro and soon realised that Hairdressing was her dream career. Shannon decided to progress on to an Apprenticeship to gain confidence and get an equal balance of working and learning in a real working environment. Her nominator Hannah Thomas, Manager at Marzipan Hair said: 01 “The minute we met Shannon, the team knew she would be a dream Apprentice. She has taught me new styling techniques and I’ve been hairdressing for 18 years - I believe Shannon is a future star!”
02 Bespoke Customer Service training for Uneeka Independent lifestyle and furniture business Uneeka (Truro) worked with Truro and Penwith College to develop a bespoke Retail Skills programme for twelve members of staff.
Sharon said “An Apprenticeship has really pushed me to achieve things that I initially thought it couldn’t. It feels amazing to think that my hard work has been recognised.”
Jess Preen, Operations Manager, said: “The course not only gave the team the information they needed to improve performance, it also allowed them to feel more confident in their roles and use the newly gained knowledge to ensure customer service is always of a high standard.”
03 Bespoke management training for St Austell Brewery
The training was fully bespoke and tailored to the needs of the business, the delivery time was even moved to evening sessions to avoid the impact on Uneeka’s busy working day.
Working in partnership with Truro and Penwith College, the Brewery designed a bespoke programme for over 40 leaders. Modern leadership best practice was combined with the leadership qualities embodied by key historic figures from within the company, that had a key role in its present day success.
Jess said: “When looking for training in areas to improve the business, the first choice was Truro and Penwith College.”
Richard Parkes, Learning & Development Manager at St Austell Brewery, said: “One of our focuses for this year has been to develop our key leaders across the company, developing not only their leadership skills but also establishing a defined culture regarding what leadership should look like at St Austell Brewery and within hospitality as a whole.
Jodi Skelton, owner of Uneeka, said: “We have seen an increase in add on sales due to a higher level of customer service and sales confidence, as a result of training.” Uneeka’s investment in staff development is representative of their positive attitude to looking after staff and enabling them to grow personally and professionally.
“Truro and Penwith College truly understood how to take leadership theory and apply it through our company narrative, bringing it to life. Their team are both knowledgeable and keen to work with you so that bespoke training programmes strike the right tone and have a lasting impact.”
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Truro and Penwith College Governors who served on the Corporation during the year ending 31 July 2017 Mr R Allen : Student Governor (Penwith) Mrs K Ashworth LLB (Hons) : Director, The Nare Hotel Mrs L Batchelor LLB (Hons) : Retired Lecturer Professor D Bristow PhD FHEA FAcadMEd : Head of Peninsula School of Medicine Mr P Callen MBBS (London), FRCS (England), FRCOG : Consultant Gynaecologist, Ramsay Health Care UK Mr R Crossland : Former Drug and Alcohol Action Team Manager Mr W Elliott : Undergraduate (Falmouth University) Mr S Jose : Staff Governor Dr J Lander BA (Hons) PhD (Open University), FCIB : Company Chairman Miss A Penhaligon : Student Governor (Truro) Ms S Sanderson : Conference and Events Logistics Consultant Dr E Sheridan BSc (Hons), PhD (London), JP : Former BT Regional Director Ms D Skinnard : Assistant Editor, BBC Radio Cornwall Mr D Walrond MA, MBA, PGCE : Principal, Truro and Penwith College Mr K Wilson BA, MSc : Retired Assistant Director of Education Mrs E Winser MBE, MA (Cantab), DL : Company Director Mrs J Woodhouse BSc (Hons) : Headteacher of St Ives School Mr A Young ACA (ICAEW) : CEO, Coastline Housing
Mission Statement The purpose of the College is to provide the best possible learning experience, leading to the highest possible level of achievement by our students.