Good news for FE education in region


A “Good” Ofsted grade for The Bedford College Group is great news for Further 

Education in the region.

The news is especially welcomed in Northamptonshire where Tresham College, 

now part of the Group, had previously been graded as “Inadequate” by Ofsted. The

merger which took place in August 2017, has been followed by some robust 

changes which have led to improved standards, performances and investment 

across the three campuses Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough.

Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of Bedford College for two decades, and who 

led the development into the Group, said:

“This is a fantastic inspection result. Staff at Tresham have risen to the challenge 

and can now claim it is a very good college. Just as pleasing, Bedford College has 

improved again on its previous inspection. 

“We can now rightly say we are a very strong group of colleges.

“We are grateful for the support of SEMLEP who have invested in our

redevelopment of the Wellingborough campus which will bring new life into the town 

centre and in our multi-million advanced engineering centre in Bedford which is a 

beacon for technology training.

“Our Group was one of the first colleges to make the grade under the new 

education inspection framework which is again tribute to our senior management

team and staff who had to set show the way.”

The Bedford College Group includes Bedford College, National College for 

Motorsport, Shuttleworth College, The Bedford Sixth Form and Tresham College,