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Welcome from the Principal

Firstly, may I extend a really warm welcome to you, as parents and carers of students joining (or re-joining) us, here at Colchester Institute.

These pages are designed to provide you with information which will help you to support your son or daughter to enrol and settle quickly in to College, so they can have a productive, enjoyable and successful time on their programme of study.

We have tried to include everything that you may need to know, but please use the contact details found further down the page to phone or email us if you still have other questions.

Our aim is to ensure that all our students have the opportunity and encouragement to engage positively with their programme of study; to attend regularly; to work hard and to achieve the best results that they can. In doing this, we also hope to prepare and inspire our students to take their next steps into interesting and rewarding careers or higher level programmes of study.

Experience has shown us that students are most successful when Colleges work in partnership with parents to support them. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with you, and your son or daughter, and hope to see you at future College events.

With best wishes

Alison Andreas
Principal and
Chief Executive

The Board discharges its responsibility for setting the strategic direction of Colchester Institute by agreeing the Vision and Mission statements and the College’s Strategic Plan.

All these statements are reviewed and updated regularly to reflect the developing needs of students and the changing educational and training requirements of the community. The current Strategic Plan, “Better Careers Begin Here” covers the time frame 2017 -2020.

Our Vision

To be an outstanding college, highly acclaimed by students and employers as central to their future success.

Our Mission

To deliver first-class education, professional development and technical skills training to develop careers and strengthen the local economy.

Our Values

  • We place the success and wellbeing of students and an outstanding student experience at the heart of our choices, decisions and priorities.
  • We have high expectations of ourselves, our students and our partners and aim for excellence in all aspects of our work.
  • We value and recognise the skills and significant contribution made by all our staff, in achieving our goals.
  • We respect each other, promote equality, celebrate diversity and break down barriers to success.
  • We are responsive, and adapt our provision to meet the needs of our students, the local economy and local and national priorities for skills development.
  • We act responsibly, with honesty, integrity and openness, safeguarding the future health and success of our organisation.
Parents information 2017-18

Our staff and students are celebrating, following the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection which has declared our college “Good” in every single category including: Student Outcomes (results and standards of work); Teaching and Learning; Leadership and Management; and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Inspectors also looked separately at Apprenticeship provision courses for Adults, and Study Programmes for the 4,000 full time 16-19-year-old students at the College, and stated that all of these were also “Good”.

“We have been on an incredible journey over the past two years, most notably introducing a culture of much higher expectations of students. We have also placed huge importance around teaching and learning which ensures the best possible progress, and outcomes, for each individual student, and provides the necessary support and opportunities for students to progress to, and succeed in, higher level learning and employment.”Alison Andreas, Principal and Chief Executive

The inspection took place over four days, from 9th-12th February, with ten inspectors visiting the College’s three main campuses in Colchester, Braintree and Clacton, as well as two of our smaller sites at The Learning Shop in Dovercourt and the Energy Skills Centre at Parkeston Quay in Harwich. Inspectors particularly commended the opportunities provided at all of the college’s sites.

They praised the easy access to learning at the Learning Shop, which has enabled hundreds of adults to improve their maths and English and gain the qualifications to secure and succeed in work. Similarly, Ofsted inspectors were impressed by the employment levels achieved at the Energy Skills Centre, where adults are gaining valuable skills in the engineering sector, including off-shore wind.

We have also been widely commended for our response to the government’s call for three million Apprenticeships by 2020. The college has never had more Apprentices on our books, well exceeding 2,000 this year, and this directly addresses employer skills needs, enabling business growth across our campuses, from Harwich through to Colchester and Braintree.

“Inspectors recognised the hard work and commitment of all staff, and in particular they commented on the success of our “tough love” approach. It’s also particularly pleasing that inspectors commended the really positive attitude of our students to their studies and the high standards of work that they produce. They praised teachers’ approaches in lessons, and the innovative ways in which they interest and enthuse students.”Jill Wognum, Vice Principal of Curriculum and Quality
“There are so many strengths identified in the report, but in particular we’re delighted that inspectors have recognised our success in preparing students for work and placing people into relevant jobs, as well as our productive relationships with local employers.Christopher Bridge, Chair of Governors

This result comes in the same month that we move into our new £10m Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre in the brand new South Wing. This is the latest in a series of new teaching spaces to be opened at the Sheepen Road campus, where well in excess of £15m has been secured in external funding to improve facilities over the past three years.

To download or view the full Ofsted report, please click here.

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