- Central Bedfordshire College was established in 1961 in Dunstable.
- On 14 January 2010, the college was renamed Central Bedfordshire College – reflecting the College's commitment to Central Bedfordshire as a whole and the ambition to be recognised as the premier post sixteen institutions in the area.
- Recognised by Ofsted as a "good college with exemplary features" Central Bedfordshire College has recently invested in the Kingsway Project which has created new facilities public and student facilities at its Dunstable campus.
- Across the region, Central Bedfordshire College is seen as the “friendly college” where a more mature environment is appreciated.
- The college makes excellent provision for students with learning difficulties and this reflects the culture of the college which is to find solutions
- Central Bedfordshire College enjoys strong partnerships with The University of Bedfordshire and The University of Northampton.
- Curriculum is heavily based on the needs of the region, the learners in the region and regional employers
- We are here to make sure students achieve their maximum potential with strong support, integrity and love of learning
Vision, Mission, Values and Norms
‘Central Bedfordshire College transforms and enriches lives through learning and enterprise into employability.’
‘We will provide excellent learning and progression for our communities in Bedfordshire and beyond. We will be innovative, enterprising and inclusive in what we do and how we do it. We will value and support our learners, our colleagues, and our partnerships.’
Values and norms
At Central Bedfordshire College we expect staff and students to behave in line with the following values and norms:
- To treat others with RESPECT and COURTESY
- To be HONEST in all our dealings with each other and our partners
- To work together as a TEAM and SHARE our KNOWLEDGE
- To be CLEAR and TRANSPARENT
- To be INVOLVED and PARTICIPATE in College activities
- To LISTEN and COMMUNICATE
- To strive for EXCELLENCE in all we do
- To have FUN and ENJOY ourselves
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
At Central Bedfordshire College we are proud of our work to advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations between people, and eliminate any form of discrimination, harassment and victimisation. The College takes seriously and has due regard for the Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires public bodies to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
At Central Bedfordshire College, we ensure we meet our obligations in respect of the Public Sector Equality Duty by monitoring and actioning our annual EDI Action Plan, which can be downloaded here.
If you would like to know more about the Public Sector Equality Duty, click here
These are some of the things Ofsted said about the College in the March 2016 Ofsted Inspection Report:
"Equality of opportunity is well promoted throughout the college. Managers have eliminated achievement gaps between different groups of students through careful monitoring and appropriate interventions."
"Relationships between students and staff are very positive in the vast majority of classes, in other learning spaces and in social areas of the college. Students enjoy their time at college and feel part of a strong community."
"Students show respect for their teachers and each other and improve their levels of confidence. They gain good independent thinking and learning skills and contribute well to group discussions."
"Students and staff consistently treat each other’s diverse backgrounds and views with respect. The recent initiative to encourage philosophical debate around contentious issues contributes to their understanding and tolerance of each other and to a safe and harmonious atmosphere throughout the college. Through this debate, teachers promote British values well."
Central Bedfordshire College is a proud holder of Leaders in Diversity and Investors in Diversity status, both awarded by the National Centre for Diversity.