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Our community

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Where, what and who is our community?

The Bedford College Group serves the communities of Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and the wider South East Midlands.

Serving our student, staff and wider local communities is at the heart of our objectives. Our staff and students take part in a range of activities across their local communities and we have outlined five aims that we hope to achieve from our community engagement.


Prince's Trust students standing on top of hill.
1. To promote and support education and training

The Prince’s Trust Northamptonshire Teams achieved outstanding results with 100% of the young people on the programme achieving in 2020-21.

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2. To participate in strategic partnerships and contribute to local agendas

The Wellingborough Campus redevelopment opened in September 2020, with 480 students enrolled on courses.

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3. To share and exchange knowledge and skills

In 2021, The Bedford College Group was a founding member of The Research College Group which represents 10 organisations who lead in practitioner research.

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Trinity Leisure Swimming pool.
4. To open up our physical environment and resources

School of Fish – the community swim school run by Trinity Arts and Leisure – teaches 700 children per week.

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5. To be a good neighbour:

As part of our ground-breaking decarbonisation plan, steps were taken to save over 350 tonnes of carbon following major infrastructure upgrades and the opening of our brand-new Connolly Centre for Modern Construction.

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