Truro and Penwith College
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About Truro and Penwith College

Truro and Penwith College is one of the best colleges in the country, a fact recognised by Ofsted which gave us Outstanding status following our review in February 2016. We have campuses in Truro and Penzance, both offering an exceptional range of courses, providing industry-standard equipment and resources, all housed in modern, purpose-built facilities.

About us

We are proud of our College and what has been achieved since it opened in 1993. Student numbers have grown tenfold and this September we welcomed 5,000 full time and about 10,000 part time students. The College’s broad range of provision includes not only a wide choice of more than 71 A level subjects, but also the International Baccalaureate, diplomas, vocational courses, apprenticeships, training and professional qualifications as well as higher education programmes. Alongside this the College has developed facilities through a series of major building projects and property purchases including a £30million re-development of Penwith College. In September 2017, the College opened its third campus in Bodmin, with Callywith College a 16-19 Free School for 1280 students at its heart. Truro and Penwith College has sound finances and was inspected as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2016. The Truro and Penwith Multi-Academy Trust was established in February 2014 and focuses on the provision of pre-16 education. The Trust has grown to embrace over twenty schools in three hubs across Cornwall. The College is the only FE College with a Teaching School. School engagement with its activities includes 72% of all secondary and 64% of all primary schools in Cornwall. The College is also a Mathematics Hub and leads the Science Learning Partnership. Central to everything is the student. Our commitment is to allow every one of our students to achieve their objectives. The College is innovative and dynamic and has an excellent local and national reputation. It was amongst the first in the country to be awarded Beacon status and in 2016 was the first college nationally to be graded “Outstanding” under the new inspection framework. Other recent public recognition of the quality of the College’s work have come in the form of its TEF Gold rating for HE, the AoC National Beacon Award for Leadership and Governance (2016), and the AoC National Beacon ‘Leading Light’ Award (2017).
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