Principal's welcome


Through our website I hope that you will get an idea of the diversity of our college.

We have invested £9.5m in a state-of-the-art refurbishment of our Ashington and Kirkley Hall Campuses.


Click here to take a tour of Northumberland College's campuses and the fantastic facilities with our Principal, Marcus Clinton. 

New facilities include a luxury hair and beauty salon, 40-seat modern restaurant, state-of-the-art motor vehicle, engineering and construction workshops at Ashington, and brand-new teaching block, arboriculture workshops and tractor workshops at Kirkley Hall. We therefore offer our students and partners industry standard facilities and resources and a broad curriculum with progression opportunities.

Our aim is to ensure that all of our students are taught in the highest quality learning environment.

At Northumberland College you will be treated as an individual and given opportunities to study subjects you may not have tried before, as well as opportunities to grow and develop so that you are prepared for your next steps, whether this is university or starting out in the first stage of your career.

We believe in giving you a learning experience that is as close to real life as possible in order for you to be properly prepared for your future.  Our aim is to support you in the best way possible to ensure you succeed.

We will continue to be an inspirational organisation, delivering excellence by giving learners the opportunity to excel in all that they study. We are also supporting the regeneration of the local area by working in partnership with employers to help fill the regional skills gap.

We are committed to our mission of shaping the futures of our students for the better and to contributing to the economic growth of the region through the development of skills.

We have around 5,000 students and work with over 700 employers across the North East including small businesses and larger enterprises.

We offer a wide range of courses from full and part-time Vocational courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education courses and Professionally Accredited courses.

I am proud that we are the Best Performing College in the North East and rated within the top 10% of colleges in England for success rates*.  I am also proud to lead a passionate team of over 400 staff operating across four campuses.

Whether you are an existing student, prospective student, parent, teacher, employer or partner you will find Northumberland College to be an organisation committed to providing the highest levels of support.

This is therefore an exciting time for Northumberland College, we hope you will enjoy your stay with us and return in the future.

Marcus Clinton
Principal and Chief Executive



*Success rates based on 2012/13 academic year

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