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					Course Manager Chemistry




      CONTENT
                                                                        Application booklet for the
                                                                                  post of

                                                                             Course Manager
                                                                               Chemistry




                                        CONTENT


SECTION A                      An introduction to Luton Sixth Form College

SECTION B                      Job description, person specification and information
                               specific to the post

SECTION C                      Notes on completing your application

SECTION D                      Some benefits and further information about working at Luton Sixth
                               Form College

SECTION E                      Equality and diversity at Luton Sixth Form College

SECTION F                      Support and development at Luton Sixth Form College

SECTION G                      College Management Structure

SECTION H                      Some information about Luton



Have you completed and returned the following:

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


Please ensure that all applications are sent back with the correct postage paid and addressed to:
                                                      Human Resources Department
                                                      Luton Sixth Form College
                                                      Bradgers Hill Road
                                                      Luton
                                                      LU2 7EW



       The closing date for this post is:       26th April 2011
SECTION A: AN INTRODUCTION TO
LUTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

BACKGROUND

1.   Luton Sixth Form College, the very first sixth form college in the country, was opened in 1966
     and is the sixth form for all the eleven 11-16 secondary schools in Luton. Two of the high
     schools became Academies in 2007 and plan to have post-16 provision from 2011.

2.   The mission of Luton Sixth Form College is to:

        Be the outstanding provider of academic and general vocational education for young
         people in Luton
        Increase young people’s participation in education through creating and strongly
         promoting provision that meets their needs and by collaborating effectively with local
         partners
        Give students a vibrant and transformational experience that inspires and enables them
         to succeed and progress
        Be a passionate advocate for equity and fairness.

3.   The College statement of values (SMILE) is a unifying focus for governors, staff and students
     and for inform strategic policy, operational decisions and the day to day life of the College.

        Students: as the focus for the work of everyone at the College
        Mutual respect: caring for and valuing students, staff, governors and our community
        Integrity: honesty, hard work and personal and social responsibility
        Learning: a passion for learning and its capacity to change lives
        Excellence: high aspirations, high standards and high achievement

4.   The College has achieved a national reputation for its success, its innovation and its level of
     individual student care. We received outstanding inspection results from Ofsted in 2008, we
     were graded Outstanding for Overall College Effectiveness and for Capacity to Improve,
     Quality of Education, Leadership & Management and Equality of Opportunity. Achievement
     & Standards was graded Good. Beacon college status was awarded in October 2004. The
     College works collaboratively with local high schools, parents, partner colleges and local
     stakeholders in the area. It is a leading member of the Campus Luton Partnership and co-
     ordinates the Luton Curriculum Network for the Chiltern Training Group.

5.   Governors, leaders, managers and staff at all levels are committed to the College’s values, to
     equality of opportunity and to ensuring that the College is an inclusive community, valuing
     each individual’s contribution and celebrating diversity. The Corporation reflects the key
     employers, elected representatives, staff and students and the major community groups in
     Luton. All governors live or work in Luton. The contribution of governors and the
     effectiveness of governance are great strengths and they have provided highly effective
     strategic leadership in supporting the current project to rebuild the College by 2010.


6.   The College has achieved external recognition for other aspects of its work:
      Investor in People since 1996
      Investor in Careers since 2005, the first college in the eastern region to receive the
         award.
STUDENTS AND COURSES

7.    Almost all of the College’s work is with full time 16-19 students, 2310 enrolled in 2010-11, of
      which 55% were female. Some 63% of our full time students have an ethnic minority
      background, mostly from Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Africa or India. Many come from
      deprived socio-economic backgrounds and some 65% of students access the Educational
      Maintenance Allowance for financial support.

8.    Over 90% of students are on advanced level courses, around 63% follow GCE A/AS academic
      programmes and 27% are on general vocational courses. The College offers 45 A/AS level
      courses and 9 BTEC National Certificate or Award programmes. The curriculum for the 16-19
      advanced level students also includes a tutorial programme that develops students’ learning
      and employability skills, a wide range of enrichment opportunities and, where appropriate,
      learning support. The remainder (around 10%) follow a one year BTEC course, either BTEC
      First Diploma or BTEC Vocational Studies (usually with one or two GCSE subjects).


STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

9.    Student achievement and success rates have increased significantly over the last eight years
      and are above national averages for all major course types. The overall success rate
      increased to 88% in 2009, which is in the 10th percentile of all colleges. The achievement
      rates for A and AS level are high, at 97.9% and 87.6% respectively, while those for general
      vocational courses at all levels are outstanding. All courses are well above sector
      benchmarks.

10.   The College has consistently added value to the vast majority of students so that they
      achieve higher advanced level grades than those predicted for their incoming GCSE scores.

11.   Over 700 students progressed to university in 2010, over 80% of the eligible cohort of year 2
      advanced level students. A high proportion came from families without previous experience
      of higher education.


STAFFING AND RESOURCES

12.   The College has a well qualified, experienced and highly committed staff, who create a
      friendly, welcoming and disciplined environment in which students can succeed. There are
      about 246 established employees (202 FTE’s) at the College, of which 120 are teachers. The
      teaching staff are organised into six departments on a subject basis, each led by a Head of
      Department. The Principal leads the Senior Leadership Team of seven, with colleagues
      responsible for Finance & Resources, Curriculum & Quality, Learning, Students and
      Community Relations, Information & Technical Systems and Human Resources.

13.   The high quality of the staff of the College is the main engine for its excellent performance
      and continued improvement. All staff are well qualified for their role and benefit from an
      inclusive and well resourced staff development policy. Ten years of continuous improvement
      have increased staff confidence and self belief. There has been a major focus on developing
      teaching and learning by establishing Building Learning Power as the framework for the
      College. This has been a major success in promoting learning for staff and students alike and
      enabling the College to move towards becoming a learning organisation.
14.   The College is financially sound and, until the current building project in 2008, has always
      had Financial Health Category A status since incorporation in 1993. The annual income, of
      around £12 million, comes primarily from the Young People’s Learning Agency.

15.   The College owns the 22 acre site and buildings in a quiet residential area of Luton. The
      College received full LSC approval in July 2008 for a £56m project to completely redevelop
      the College campus. Phase 1, a new building to house all operations, was completed on
      schedule and within budget in Summer 2010 and opened for business for the 2010-11
      academic year.
S E C T I O N B : JOB DESCRIPTION, PERSON SPECIFICATION
AND INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO THE POST



                                          JOB DESCRIPTION

 Job Title:             Course Manager Chemistry

 Responsible to:        Section Leader or Head of Department

 Responsible for:       Administration and resources associated with your course(s)

 Job Purpose:            To support the course team through example, coaching and mentoring; to
                         plan and organise routine team operations and to ensure the efficient
                         implementation of college policies and procedures in order to deliver the
                         highest possible quality curriculum to students.


 MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

 STAFF CO-ORDINATION
  To create a positive climate and set high expectations for the course team in relation to standards
    of student achievement and the quality of teaching.
  To ensure the achievement of team objectives, working with section leaders.
  To advise and guide team members on teaching and learning strategies.
  To inform Section Leaders on training needs for team members.
  To arrange and record team meetings.


 COURSE MANAGEMENT
  To ensure the development and maintenance of a course structure and scheme of work within
   the context of departmental guidelines and College curriculum policy.
  To lead the team in the development of course materials and resources.
  To be responsible for organising internal and external examination and assessment related
   administration including the moderation and verification of coursework and internal course
   assessments.
  To provide and maintain student and course data as required by College management
   information policies.
  To liaise with other Course Managers, Section Leaders, Heads of Department and other College
   post holders as appropriate.
  To maximise the efficient utilisation of management information.


 QUALITY ASSURANCE
  To review the work of the course team in accordance with the College’s self assessment
   procedures.
  To set targets and monitor targets and development plan.
  To contribute to the monitoring of the quality of teaching and learning in the course team and
   encourage continuous improvement through the sharing of good practice.
  To seek students’ views on course delivery via course panels and other means and use them to
   improve the quality of delivery of teaching and learning.
STUDENT MANAGEMENT
 To create a team culture to ensure high standards of student achievement, retention and
   satisfaction.
 To monitor and evaluate the progress and achievement of students on the course.
 To identify and plan support for `at risk’ students and extend opportunities for the more able.


RESOURCES
 To use accommodation and resources to create an effective and stimulating environment for
  learning and teaching.
 To allocate stock or resources to staff.
 To monitor the use and location of all course resources.


                                    RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL STAFF
   To maintain own continuing professional development.
   To maintain discretion and confidentiality as appropriate for the post.
   To comply with College policies and procedures particularly the Health and Safety, Safeguarding,
    Equality Policy and Procedures.
   To promote a positive image of the College internally and in the local community.
   To contribute to the management of students throughout the College.
   To use IT where appropriate and develop IT skills.
   To participate in College events as required.
   To carry out other duties commensurate with the grade and general nature of the post under the
    direction of the Principal or other designated manager of the College.
                                       PERSON SPECIFICATION

The person appointed will be able to demonstrate that he/she possesses as many of the following
attributes or experience as possible:

Qualifications:

   A degree in a relevant subject.
   A formal teaching qualification (preferred).
   Professional registration to an appropriately recognised organisation (e.g. GTC or IFL).


Knowledge and Experience

   Experience of working in FE, especially in a sixth form college.
   Experience of the post-16 age group.
   A demonstrable record of success in previous roles.
   Significant successful experience of teaching on the relevant course area
   Up-to-date knowledge of the subject area, syllabus requirements and appropriate teaching
    techniques; an awareness of requirements of awarding bodies.

                                  Personal attributes and qualities

   The ability to lead a course team through support, example, coaching and mentoring.
   Good organisational and administrative skills.
   Sound IT skills.
   The ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
   The ability to make a contribution to the development of the curriculum and resources.
   The suitability to work with children.
   Excellent communication skills.
   Excellent interpersonal skills.
   A good work ethic with the ability to work under pressure, to be flexible, thorough and accurate.
   A commitment to provide an outstanding and inspirational service to staff and students.
   A commitment to the College’s values, with particular focus on student success (through
    excellence in teaching & learning).
   A proactive approach demonstrating an openness to change.
   A commitment to continuing professional development.
   A commitment to equality of opportunity.


Luton Sixth Form College is an equal opportunities employer. It is committed to safeguarding and
promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this
commitment.
                                  PAY AND CONDITIONS

ANNUAL              Sixth Form Colleges' Management Range B, £37,591- £40,112 for teachers who have
SALARY:             passed the PSP threshold.

CONTRACT:           All full-time teaching staff work 195 days with 1265 hours of directed time per year.
                    They may be required to work up to two evenings per week within this framework
                    and are required to participate in the performance review scheme. To be available
                    for consultation for one day in the summer holiday when results are published (time
                    off in lieu may be arranged through line manager).

DISCLOSURE:         The college will seek an enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records
                    Bureau.


START DATE:         30th August 2011


          Closing date for receipt of completed application forms 26th April 2011
                                         SCIENCE AND SPORT


The Science and Sport Department is expanding in terms of student numbers with a wide range of
exciting opportunities for students both in and out of lessons. There are currently 15 full-time and 4
part-time teaching staff in the department, a Sport and Physical Activity Development Officer and a
team of six technicians supporting practical work. All teaching staff share a work room which
promotes a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

   Our brand new facilities include ten well-equipped laboratories and four classrooms, a six-court
sports hall with a championship basketball/netball court and bleacher seating as well as a new fitness
   studio, a full size artificial pitch, hard court area and pitches for football, rugby and cricket. Our
 Science and Sport Resource Base is open to students on a drop-in basis for help from teaching staff
                     or for students to use the networked computers and resources.

                                                Courses

Courses being delivered during the current academic year:

        Qualification                                        Board

        AS/A2 Physical Education                             AQA
        BTEC Level 3 Diploma Sport                           Edexcel
        Sport Certificate Programme                          BST
        AS/A2 Biology                                        OCR
        AS/A2 Human Biology                                  OCR
        GCSE Biology                                         OCR
        AS/A2 Chemistry                                      OCR
        AS/A2 Electronics                                    WJEC
        AS/A2 Geology                                        OCR
        AS/A2 Physics                                        AQA
        AS/A2 Archaeology                                    AQA
        BTEC Level 3 Diploma Medical Science                 Edexcel
        BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Applied Biology      Edexcel
        BTEC Level 2 Diploma Science                         Edexcel



We have approximately 1180 students enrolled on science and sport courses at the college.


Enrichment and Recreational Activities

In addition to a comprehensive subject support programme, there are a variety of enrichment
activities including Focus on Pharmaceuticals, opportunities to apply for GlaxoSmithKline work
experience, Scicast film project and the EESE scheme in conjunction with Selex Galileo. We also offer
the opportunity for students to participate in the Chemistry and Biology Olympiad programme. The
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and students are
encouraged to participate in recreational sessions in a range of sports. Students can also represent
the College in a number of sports and compete within the British Colleges competitions. Individuals
have successfully represented the Eastern Region at the BCS National Finals over the last six years.
The fitness studio is professionally managed and attracts a wide range of students each lunch time.
 S E C T I O N C : NOTES ON COMPLETING
 YOUR APPLICATION


Data Protection Act 1998
Any personal data collected from applicants during the recruitment process will only be used for the
purpose of recruitment within the College and will not be disclosed to any external sources without
your express written consent. Records of the successful candidate will be placed on their personnel
files. Records of unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed after six months.

1.     Application Form
       You are asked to complete each section of the application form, even if you repeat some of
       the information in a letter or curriculum vitae. If any section of the application form is too
       small, please continue on a separate sheet.

2.     Career Gaps
       If you have had any gaps or breaks in your career please explain these in Section 7 if they are
       not clear in other sections. Experience outside of education, or of bringing up a family are
       valued by the College.

3.     Referees
       We expect one referee to be the head of the organisation where you are currently employed
       (if applicable). We normally write for references before an interview. If there are special
       circumstances, and you mark one of the appropriate boxes, we will delay contact until after
       the interview if we wish to consider you further for employment. If you have any personal
       connection with any of your referees, you are required to disclose it.

4.     Health
       If you are successful in your application you will be required to complete a medical
       questionnaire. This will be submitted to the Occupational Health Service and you may be
       asked to have a medical examination. If you think this may present a problem, please
       mention it in your application or at interview. Please note we ask referees about absences
       through illness. Please indicate in section 7 the number of days absent for illness in the last 2
       years. Feel free to add a comment if you wish.

5.     Certification
       Any contract of employment issued will be on the basis that all information supplied by you
       on the form, on additional papers and at interview is correct, and that no material facts have
       been omitted. You will be required to provide proof of all the qualifications you declare on
       the application form.

6.     Letter of Application
       You are asked to submit a letter of application about your suitability for the post and how
       you might carry out the responsibilities involved. If you think it appropriate you may send a
       separate curriculum vitae, but this is not required.

7.     Equal Opportunities
       The College values the work of all College members and is working to implement its equal
       opportunities policy. In line with this policy the College operates a normal retirement age of
       65. You are asked to fully complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
       (which will not be available to the short-listing or appointment panel) to help us monitor this
       policy.
8.    Disclosure Service
      If you are successful in your application you will also be required to complete a Disclosure
      form which will enable a check to be made with the Criminal Records Bureau on any criminal
      background. A previous conviction will not necessarily prevent your appointment.
      Applicants are invited to note any issues in section 7 of the application form or in a separate
      note.


9.    Relatives
      If you are related to or connected with any member of the corporation or staff of the
      College, please record this in Section 7 of the form.

10.   Acknowledgements
      We will only acknowledge receipt of an application form if you enclose a stamped addressed
      envelope. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please
      assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

11.   Closing Date and Interviews
      The closing date is specified in the details about the post. A short listing and interview panel
      will meet as soon as practical after the closing date.

12.   Other Information
      You should have received the following documentation:

         Job description, person specification and information specific to the post (in this
          booklet)
         Application form
         Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

      However, if you need additional information, have any questions or require reasonable
      adjustments please do not hesitate to contact the HR Department on 01582 877500.

13.   Postage
      Please ensure that all application forms are sent back with the correct postage paid and are
      posted in good time for receipt by the closing date and return to:


      Human Resources Department
      Luton Sixth Form College
      Bradgers Hill Road
      Luton
      LU2 7EW
    SECTION D: SOME BENEFITS AND FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT
    WORKING AT LUTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE


Luton Sixth Form College is a lively, friendly and very supportive place to work. It’s a culturally
diverse community reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of Luton.

Staff employed at the College are highly qualified and committed. Our overall turnover of staff is
low. Our staff seem to enjoy working here. The College has a positive culture and provides staff with
a healthy smoke free working environment. We have an enviable record of staff development (see
Support & Development at Luton Sixth Form College). Some staff find that outside posts are offered
to them because of their experience and training here. Others gain promotion or move jobs within
the College.

The College has achieved a national reputation for its success, its innovation and level of individual
care for staff and students alike. The College first achieved recognition as an Investor in People in
1996 and has been re-accredited four times since then, most recently in 2009.

Employment benefits of working at the College include:

     National conditions of service for teachers and support staff.
     An unbroken record of implementing national pay awards which match or exceed those for
      school teachers.
     Generous final salary pension schemes (TPA or LGPS, according to post).
     Assistance with relocation expenses (subject to qualifying criteria).
     An induction programme for all new staff.
     An entitlement to staff development each year, including support for external activities and an
      extensive programme of in-house events.
     Good support systems for staff, including a staff counsellor and a specialist HR department.
     Free on-site parking for all staff.
     Well resourced staff working areas, including access to specialist equipment, wherever
      required.
     An annual Performance Review scheme that identifies individual training and professional
      development needs.
     Access to the Key Worker Living Programme (subject to qualifying criteria). The Key Worker
      Living Programme is a scheme designed to provide help to “key workers” who wish to buy or
      rent a home.

Other benefits of working at the College include:

     Being part of an excellent team that has made the College outstanding and achieve Beacon
      status.
     Policies and procedures, including for recruitment and selection, that are based on equality of
      opportunity.
     Effective communication systems; weekly bulletins, staff intranet, pigeonholes, internet access
      and e-mail for all.
     Truly outstanding learning resources, especially IT equipment.
     New state of the art building and excellent facilities.
     A well equipped staff room for all.
     A sports hall and fitness suite available for staff use.
     Strong financial viability and stability.
     A supportive Corporation (governing body) which gives high priority to the best interests of
      students and staff.
 S E C T I O N E : EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY AT
 LUTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE


The College is committed to equality of opportunity and equality of access to our services and
ensures that our staff and students are not discriminated against for any reason, including their race/
ethnic origin, religion/belief, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, caring
responsibilities or affiliation to trade unions.

In addition, we also recognise that diversity adds another dimension to the equality agenda. At the
College, managing diversity is about improving how people work together and how organisational
achievement can be enhanced by recognising, valuing and respecting people regardless of their
similarities or differences.

In order to realise this commitment, the College has developed a set of values (SMILE) which
underpin equality through the concepts of mutual respect and integrity. In addition, the College has
incorporated the promotion of equality and diversity and the elimination of discrimination into the
Leadership and Management section of the Strategic Development Plan. This commitment is
disseminated throughout the College through governors, leaders and managers and the creation of
explicit aims, targets and strategies which ensure the College remains an inclusive community where
individual contribution is valued and diversity is celebrated.

The College has a well established Equality Committee which is comprised of both staff and
governors and is attended by the Principal. As part of this Committee’s remit, the College has
published a Single Equality Scheme, Gender Equality Scheme and Disability Equality Scheme and
relevant action plans for future development in this area. These Schemes not only describe how the
College fulfils its legislative duties but, more importantly, they provide a coherent framework by
which the College can demonstrate its commitment to placing the promotion of equality and
diversity at the centre of every aspect of its work.

As part of this commitment to equality and diversity, the College has an inclusive approach to
teaching and learning and is committed to being an open institution that is accessible to all those
wishing to participate in and capable of benefiting from post-16 education. Consequently, the
College has a diverse student population that reflects the local community with over 60% of students
from a variety of different minority ethnic groups. Whilst the College has recruitment and selection
procedures which are based on equality of opportunity, open advertising and merit, it also has a
desire to increase the diversity of the staffing profile.
 S E C T I O N F : SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT AT
 LUTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE



At Luton Sixth Form College we understand that our greatest asset is our staff. We want everyone
who works at the College to enjoy working here and to develop their full potential.

As a new member of staff we would welcome you to the College before taking up your post so that
you can start to get your bearings, meet your colleagues and, of course, meet some of our students.
When you officially take up your post you will have a supporter who will show you around, introduce
you to new people and make sure that you settle in quickly. Supporters are often people who are
quite new to the College themselves so they can remember what questions they had when they
started. Your supporter isn’t the only person who will show you the ropes. Your Line Manager will
also meet with you to go over the demands of your new post. It is very important to us that you feel
a part of the College very quickly.

At the College we understand that your support and development shouldn’t just stop at the end of
your first week or your first month. We are all developing all of the time and we run a regular
programme of training through professional development that is available to teachers and support
staff alike. Everyone who works at Luton Sixth Form College is involved in the development of our
students irrespective of their role. We encourage you to develop new skills by attending external
training events as well as internal training that will be offered.

We encourage all of our staff to make the most of their time at the College. This might mean working
out in the multi gym or meeting new people through the activities arranged by the Staff Social Group.
You might want to release some of the stresses of the day in one of our keep fit classes, relax in a
yoga class, challenge the students in staff-student netball or cricket or join colleagues for a drink at
the Staff Book Group. And at the end of the year all staff wind down at the staff barbecue.

Working at Luton Sixth Form College is exciting and rewarding and an opportunity to develop long
and lasting friendships. We look forward to your application.
 S E C T I O N G : COLLEGE MANAGEMENT

 STRUCTURE

College Leadership Team from September 2010
                                                            Corporation
                                                            Chair - Graham Ryan
                                                                                                     Clerk to the Corporation
                                                                                                     Graham George
                                                            Principal
                                                            Simon Kitchener




                Vice Principal                                 Vice Principal                                                           Vice Principal
             Curriculum & Quality                    Students and Community Relations                                               Finance and Resources
                 Chris Nicholls                                 Altaf Hussain                                                            Ann Rowswell

Director of Curriculum                                                                                    Director of Information                             Director of Human
      & Learning                                                                                           & Technical Systems                                    Resources
      Tony Divey                                                                                                Steve Kelby                                    Sayeda Meghjee



                                                                        Associate Director
                                                                  Students & Quality Development
 Business Studies         Professional                                                                               MIS               Project & Facilities
                                                                         Brenda Whittaker
    Bob James             Development                                                                          Lesley Valentine         Tony Whitehead
                          Marc Hulbert
   Creative Arts                                                                                              Technical Services            Catering
   Claire Banks                                                                                                  Dave Nash                  Kay Stott

    English &                                 Admissions and                      Careers &                                                 Finance
   Humanities                                   Marketing                       Progression                                               Karen Brown
  Mike Sherborne                               Ann de Winter                   Barbara Boxshall

   Maths & ICT                                Exams & Student                      Student
   Liz Dobson                                    Services                        Management
                                               Nancy Roberts                  Graham Fitzpatrick &
 Science & Sport                                                                 Ged Wilkinson
 Donna Thompson                                   Learning
                                                 Resources
  Social Science                               Louise Lichfield
   John Ramm

Tutorial & Literacy
   Andrea Page
S E C T I O N H : SOME INFORMATION
ABOUT LUTON

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and, with Dunstable, forms the major conurbation in the
south of the county. It is a town packed full of cultural diversity with many different leisure and
entertainment facilities.

Population
Luton has a population nearing 200,000. It had county borough status from 1964-1974, and was
responsible for establishing the College as the very first sixth form college in the country in 1966.
Luton became a unitary authority again in 1997. Nearly 30% of Luton's total population is from an
ethnic minority background, but the proportion is significantly higher for younger age groups. There
is a large Irish community and there have been significant groups of European migrants recently.

Industry and Employment
The town is a major industrial centre with Luton Airport as one of the largest and best-known
employers. There is a range of business parks and industrial estates, which incorporate light
engineering, scientific and micro-electronics firms. There are above average levels of
unemployment. Many families rely on student part-time earnings as an important part of the family
income.

Education
There are about seventy nursery, infant and junior schools in Luton. The town has eleven 11-16 high
schools each with a designated catchment area. Two high schools (Halyard and South Luton) became
academies in 2007 (Barnfield West and Barnfield South). They are sponsored by the local FE college
and plan to have post-16 provision from 2011. There is also a Catholic 11-18 school in the town.

Bedfordshire, excluding Luton, operates an age 5-9, 9-13, and 13-18 school system. Systems in
neighbouring counties have a change at age 11 or 12. There are fee-paying schools in Bedford and St
Albans. The creation of the University of Bedfordshire in 2007 has brought a national and
international focus on higher education to the whole county and surrounding areas, and it has added
to the educational and training opportunities available.

The university and four local further education colleges have joined with Luton Sixth Form College to
form the Bedfordshire Federation of Higher and Further Education. Senior leaders meet regularly and
the LSC attends for funding and policy matters.

Leisure
                                      The attractive Bedfordshire countryside is a very short distance
                                      from any part of Luton. Nestled in the Chilterns, Luton is
                                      surrounded by hills and natural settings. The town has two main
                                      parkland areas: Wardown park and Stockwood park. Wardown
                                      park is a Victorian park that has the Lea river running through
and contains a gallery museum. Stockwood park is a vast open area where events are held like
circuses and fun fairs and it also contains a transport and garden museum.

Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, Luton Hoo, Woburn Abbey and its Safari Park are
also among the well known local attractions. There is a small theatre above the town library and The
Grove Theatre, in nearby Dunstable, hosts many local amateur theatre companies, bands, orchestras
and choral societies.

Luton has a major shopping centre with a branch of most national chain stores in the main precinct,
which is currently being refurbished as part of a major regeneration of
the town centre. The Galaxy Centre, the UK's first town based multiplex
and entertainment centre, hosts two all-you-can-eat restaurants, a cinema, bowling alley and bingo
hall, as well as a few extra pubs and clubs. The middle of town is pedestrianised and there are many
markets, out of town superstores and supermarkets too.

The town boasts a professional football team, county championship cricket (but Northants, not
Beds), athletics and swimming facilities and two golf courses. There is also a series of local and
regional sports centres.

Accessibility
Luton has a very good connection to London, which takes about 25 minutes and a direct connection
to locations on the Midland Mainline railway. The M1 is close to the boundary between Luton and
Dunstable, giving easy access to the national motorway network. London Luton International Airport
has recently been refurbished, extended and upgraded to become a major airport.

Housing
The overwhelming majority of staff live within the local conurbation or in one of the rural towns and
villages nearby such as Ampthill, Barton-le-Clay, Flitwick, Maulden, Silsoe and Toddington. Some
staff also travel from parts of the neighbouring counties of Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire,
Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, while others travel from the London area.

The College is proud of the incidence of the children of College staff who have been educated here,
especially when they move from an institution with its own 16-19 provision.
Bradgers Hill Road, Luton LU2 7EW
Tel: 01582 432560
Fax: 01582 877068
Email: college@lutonsfc.ac.uk
Website: www.lutonsfc.ac.uk

				
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