Northampton College prides itself on being the college in the community. Read below to see how our staff and students have stepped up to offer help and support within Northamptonshire, and embrace new ways of learning to ensure they can remain safe at home.

'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' - students prepare to emerge from lockdown life
Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Students at Northampton College have recorded a ‘virtual cover version’ of a classic feelgood song to highlight their hopes for the future as they look to emerge from lockdown life.

Musical Theatre and Dance students compiled their version of the Judy Garland song ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ from their own homes during the COVID-19 restrictions, each sending in videos of them singing and performing. The recordings were then stitched together and laid over an instrumental track to form a full music video.

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Online careers talk gives students exclusive insight into world of finance
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Business and accounting students at Northampton College have taken part in an online session with a financial expert to help give their career hopes a kickstart during lockdown.

Philippa Scobie, a company finance director who previously worked in investment banking for Lehman Brothers, held the webinar via Google Meet, with 38 students tuning in to find out more about her career and ask her what they could do to boost their own prospects of a future career in finance.

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Sessions for learners continue remotely at Mind
Friday, 24 April 2020

Adults with mental health needs are able to ‘keep on learning through lockdown’ thanks to a remote working initiative launched by Northampton College and leading charity MIND.

Staff at the College have arranged for work to be sent electronically and also offered telephone support to allow learning to continue.

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Northampton College students praised for switch to studying at home during lockdown
Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Students at Northampton College have been praised for showing “amazing adaptability” by working from home during the enforced COVID-19 lockdown.

Government guidelines put in place because of the coronavirus crisis mean students at Booth Lane, Lower Mounts and Daventry have been continuing their studies remotely for almost a month, with tutors delighted at how easily they have made the switch to a new way of working.

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College staff switch to 3D printing face shields to protect COVID-19 key workers
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Demand for protective equipment has seen staff at Northampton College manufacture face shields for key workers on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.

With Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in short supply, Electrical Installation and Engineering assessor Tony Thompson has personally produced 50 face shields for Leicester Royal Infirmary, staff at a care home in Corby and a food distributor in Peterborough.

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Northampton College student pays tribute to NHS staff in fashion project
Friday, 3 April 2020

A Northampton College fashion student has paid tribute to the heroes of the NHS by designing an outfit based on the history of nursing.

Flo Baverstock, aged 18, has created the piece as part of her Final Major Project (FMP) and is currently putting together the finishing touches at the family home in Wales, where she is also helping to home school her younger brother, aged 10 and her 11-year-old foster cousin, while her parents, who are both nurses, help out in the fight against coronavirus.

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Northampton College donates vital equipment to care home
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

A care home hit by a shortage of vital equipment needed in the fight against coronavirus has hailed the donation of masks, gloves and hand sanitiser by Northampton College – saying it will ‘help keep staff safe’.

Balmoral Place, in Kingsthorpe, hit national headlines at the weekend when it was revealed staff were facing a ‘critical’ shortage of equipment as they continued to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Blog: Remote working during the coronavirus outbreak

Click the links below to read our blog posts written during lockdown, which outline the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and how we’re overcoming them as a college.


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