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A year of change at Barnfield College

on September 3, 2019

2019 marks Barnfield College’s 50th year of serving the people of Luton and the surrounding area. It’s a year that’s seen a lot of change and a fresh focus on the future. Following our merger with West Herts College in February 2019 we’ve invested heavily in modern kit and facilities across both our campuses. New

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Clearing Guide 2019

on August 2, 2019

So, what is clearing?Clearing is the way in which we fill any open places on our courses. If you’re thinking about applying to Barnfield College through clearing, we have a variety of courses that may interest you. Click here to explore our courses. You can use clearing if:• You’re applying after the 30 June• You didn’t receive

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Jake HarveyClearing Guide 2019

First full time Initial Teacher Training students graduate from Barnfield College

on August 2, 2019

Congratulations to our full time Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students, who graduated from the college on Monday morning. Studying ITT at Barnfield College allows students to develop the practical skills required from a teacher. Students are also provided with great opportunities to further develop on a personal and professional level. Elaine Battams, course manager for

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Barnfield represented in UK first all-female bricklaying competition

on March 8, 2019

A Barnfield bricklaying student has taken place in a ground-breaking new competition to find the best student bricklayers in the country. Level 1 Brickwork student Tangina “Tango” Choudhury of Barnfield College took third place in the inaugural Bricklaying Forterra Females (BFF) contest – the UK’s first all-female bricklaying competition open to female apprentices and student

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Jo CooperBarnfield represented in UK first all-female bricklaying competition

Hospital’s 80th celebrations are baked to perfection

on February 18, 2019

Barnfield College students and staff created a dramatic centre-piece to celebrations marking 80 years of health care at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, which opened its doors in 1939 and has been serving the community ever since. The brief for the students was to bake and decorate a giant cake to accompany a service of

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Jo CooperHospital’s 80th celebrations are baked to perfection

Kick-start a career in Bookkeeping or Accounting this March

on February 18, 2019

Take your first step towards a career in Accounting or Bookkeeping with our Level 1 College Certificate courses starting at Barnfield. Enrolments are now open for our Level 1 College Certificate in Bookkeeping and Level 1 College Certificate in Computerised Accounting – two key courses which are perfect stepping stones to study AAT at Barnfield

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Jo CooperKick-start a career in Bookkeeping or Accounting this March

Barnfield Motor Vehicle host debut industry event

on February 12, 2019

The Motor Vehicle workshops at Barnfield College had a healthy industry buzz last week, as a host of suppliers and guests headed to the college’s Enterprise Way Campus for the team’s first ‘Meet the Industry’ event. Bringing together a network of top industry suppliers from the repair sector and wider motor vehicle industry, the event

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News Update: Campus Redevelopment Plans

on February 11, 2019

A review of campus development opportunities is scheduled to commence following the college merger between Barnfield and West Herts. We will keep you up to date as our planning progresses. In the meantime, all courses and services will continue as usual at New Bedford Road and Enterprise Way.

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Student Support at Barnfield awarded Beacon Commended College status

on December 18, 2018

Barnfield College is thrilled to announce it has been recognised as a Beacon Award Commended College, for the work of its Skills for Life department in supporting students with additional needs. Barnfield is one of only 16 colleges recognised in this category in the Association of Colleges 2018/19 Beacon Awards which recognise the best and

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Jo CooperStudent Support at Barnfield awarded Beacon Commended College status

Barnfield tutor makes the grade for prestigious Advanced Teacher Status

on December 10, 2018

Barnfield College is thrilled to announce one of its longstanding members of staff is one of a select cohort of education professionals to be awarded Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Centre Leader for Barnfield’s  Cert Ed/PGCE programme Elaine Battams has been teaching in the post-compulsory sector for over 20

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Jo CooperBarnfield tutor makes the grade for prestigious Advanced Teacher Status

Maths and English for Adult Learners

on November 30, 2018

Are you aged 19+ and ready to study your Maths and English GCSEs? Make the new year your chance for a fresh start and register your interest in studying part-time with us at Barnfield. We’ll be hosting GCSE Maths and English and also Functional Skills Maths and English at our New Bedford Road Campus –

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Jo CooperMaths and English for Adult Learners

Beauty students to co-host charity pamper event this Christmas

on November 15, 2018

Join us for a night of indulgent pre-festive pampering as Luton-based accountancy firm Foxley Kingham partner with Barnfield College for an exclusive evening of treatments and delicious food, all in aid of the company’s 50th Anniversary Foundation supporting a wealth of local charities. Spruce up for your Christmas party and get glam this December by

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Jo CooperBeauty students to co-host charity pamper event this Christmas

Aspiring culinary stars compete for Rotary Young Chef crown

on November 14, 2018

The next generation of young chefs came together to put their skills to the test as Barnfield College once again was the hosting venue for the first round of the Luton Chiltern Rotary Club Young Chef competition. The college kitchens at New Bedford Road Campus welcomed 12 pupils from local schools in the area to take

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Jo CooperAspiring culinary stars compete for Rotary Young Chef crown

Barnfield Body and Paint featured in BodyShop Magazine

on November 13, 2018

Readers of an industry motor industry magazine will get a fantastic insight into the great work going on in our Body and Paint workshops, thanks to a feature in the latest issue of BodyShop Magazine. The November issue features a two page spread from when the team came to visit the workshops in October to

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Jo CooperBarnfield Body and Paint featured in BodyShop Magazine

Teacher Training Day – Monday 29th October

on October 19, 2018

Students –please note that there will be a Teacher Training Day on the first Monday after half term, (Monday 29th October) where you will not be required to attend college. This is to give our staff the opportunity to be released from timetable to complete important training. Although you will not be required to be

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Jo CooperTeacher Training Day – Monday 29th October

Barnfield students nominate tutor for prestigious People Award

on September 25, 2018

A Barnfield College tutor is set to head to a glittering award ceremony this week, after being nominated for a Three Counties People Awards by her very own students. Community Learning co-ordinator and ESOL tutor Elena Keys is nominated in the award’s Diversity and Equality category, which celebrates the outstanding impact people in Beds, Herts

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Jo CooperBarnfield students nominate tutor for prestigious People Award

GCSE Results Day -Thursday 23rd August 2018

on August 20, 2018

Results day is Thursday 23rd August 2018 GCSE results will be available for collection 9am-4pm on Thursday 23rd August, from the Refectory at the New Bedford Road Campus. (Results will not be given out over the phone or by email, they must be collected). Please remember to bring your ID with you. If a student

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Your First Day Back

on August 20, 2018
We hope that you have had a great summer and we are looking forward to welcoming you back. Your first day back is identified below. Please arrive by 8.45 a.m. to meet with your curriculum area. Please arrive at the front reception where you will be signposted where to go. Don’t forget to bring aread more
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Interim Principal Appointed

on April 25, 2018

Barnfield College is pleased to announce that Martin Sim has been appointed as the Interim Principal and CEO from 25 April 2018. Martin was the former Principal and CEO of Salford City College and latterly the Interim Principal of Gateway College, Leicester. He brings a wealth of senior-level experience and FE sector knowledge.

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Barnfield College’s Head of Tutoring, Student Engagement & Student Services wins ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’ award

on March 20, 2018

Barnfield College is proudly celebrating the remarkable achievement of one of its Heads of Department. Nominated for NAMSS‘ ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’ award as part of the Annual Student Services Awards for 2017/2018, Barnfield College’s Head of Tutoring, Student Engagement & Student Services, Beth Taylor, received the noteworthy endorsement of joint first place.

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Luton Borough Council supports Barnfield College Motor Vehicle Department

on March 5, 2018

Barnfield College’s Motor Vehicle Department has recently been fortunate enough to receive an impressive gift from Luton Borough Council. The kind donation came in the larger-than-life form of a fully functioning, automatic DAF Truck, worth approximately £20,000.

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Brand new courses for 19/20 – Psychology, Aviation, Journalism and more!

on February 15, 2018

Applications are now open for anyone looking to join us for full time study next September – and that includes a number of brand new courses here at Barnfield! We are pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for a range of new subjects, which have been inspired by the needs of local

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Jo CooperBrand new courses for 19/20 – Psychology, Aviation, Journalism and more!

Barnfield College Hate Crime Reporting Centre on ITV News

on January 5, 2018

Barnfield College recently announced it has become the first educational establishment in Bedfordshire to become a Hate Crime Reporting Centre. This exciting announcement has been reported on ITV News Anglia’s 6 o clock broadcast, on 4 January 2018. You can watch the report online at itv.com.

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Making it easier to report hate crime

on December 14, 2017

Barnfield College has become the first educational establishment in Bedfordshire to become a Hate Crime Reporting Centre.

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A Level Results Day

on August 17, 2017

Barnfield College congratulates all students across the country who have achieved their A Level and BTEC results. The College’s own vocational equivalent A Level courses have seen record results this year with more student successfully gaining university or employment options.

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Barnfield College wins B.I.G Award!

on August 3, 2017

Barnfield College launched their Bullying Intervention Group (Barnfield B.I.G) in September 2016 and has now received an award from the National Bullying Intervention Group for excellence in challenging bullying. 

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New Barnfield College website on a desktop or mobile device near you!

on May 17, 2017

Recently launched, the fully revamped www.barnfield.ac.uk is a leap forward for Barnfield College, in its journey to reclaiming excellence. Part of phase one, the redesign places the user experience at the heart of it, to ensure relevant information is easily accessible from any device or desktop.

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Area Based Review update

on April 23, 2017

Following very regrettable comments made by the Chair of Central Bedfordshire College on broadcast media and the misleading position portrayed by Central Bedfordshire College, the Board of Barnfield College resolved on 7 April 2017 to withdraw from the jointly commissioned feasibility study, as proposed by the Area Review Steering Group. 

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Barnfield College celebrates Investors in Diversity Award

on February 14, 2017

Barnfield College is celebrating after achieving the Investors in Diversity Standard at Stage 2. The prestigious award is about creating conditions for promoting greater engagement, communication and discussion with the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). 

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Barnfield College Celebrates Graduation

on November 28, 2016

Barnfield College was delighted to host its annual Higher Education Graduation Ceremony. Held at the New Bedford Road campus, more than 50 students formally graduated in front of family, friends and staff of the College. Access to Higher Education students were also honored as part of the evening.

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SafeGuard donates bullet-proof vest to Barnfield College

on November 26, 2016

Under SafeGuard’s initiative to support and educate the general public on safety and protecting the lives of law enforcement and military operatives, the company has recently made another donation to Barnfield College.

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College wins at Bedfordshire Business Awards

on September 24, 2016

Barnfield College is celebrating after winning the award in the ‘Training and Development’ category at the FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards 2016. The Training and Development Award recognises the vast improvements made within the Colleges’ Apprenticeships Services in the last year, having now achieved above sector average for successfully completed apprenticeship programmes.

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Steady pass rate for GCSE students at Barnfield College

on August 25, 2016

Students at Barnfield College kept a steady pace, achieving pass rates on a par to 2015. The pass rate for 2015/16 sits at 77.3% for English Languages and 72.4% for maths. The College saw a greater number of enrolments this year, with twice as many students enrolled for English Language and almost triple, for maths.

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