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									Truro College was established as a Tertiary College and opened in 1993. It merged with
Penwith College, based in Penzance, in 2008 and was then renamed Truro and Penwith

Truro College aims to provide excellence in meeting the education and training needs of the
City of Truro and the surrounding county. Although the population of the City is small, about
21,000, Truro is a major retail and business centre and is the administrative headquarters
for the County of Cornwall. Cornwall’s major hospital is adjacent to the College. During the
last 25 years the City has developed considerably.

Students come to the College from local 11-16 schools and many come to the College from
other parts of Cornwall. In recent years the numbers coming to the College from some
distance away has increased. This growth reflects the reputation the College has
established as well as the extent to which Truro is the centre for a large part of mid and west
Cornwall. In many ways the College has become the first choice for most 16 year-olds in

The College has grown rapidly throughout its life. In September 1993 the College enrolled
742 full-time students. By September 2009, numbers had grown to over 5,000 full-time
further education students and we have more than 11,000 part-time students currently
attending Truro College. 10 years ago we established a Higher Education provision with
part-time and full-time courses at degree and diploma level as part of the Combined
Universities for Cornwall initiative. HE student numbers have also grown rapidly and in
October 2009 more than 850 full-time HE students were studying at the College, together
with 250 part-time students.

The merged college, as a Tertiary institution, offers a wide range of academic and
vocational courses to full and part-time students. We offer more than 50 AS/A2 Level
subjects and enrolments in many courses are very buoyant. For example, we have over
210 students for AS Level Chemistry, over 340 for AS Level Mathematics, over 480 for AS
Level English Language and Literature and over 140 for AS Level Law. We offer a range of
vocational courses at Level 2 and Level 3 in Art and Design, Business Studies, Hair and
Beauty, Health and Social Care, Computing, Engineering, Media Studies, Public Services,
Nursery Nursing, Science and Sports Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Photography, and
Secretarial Studies. We have also developed significant provision for students with Special
Educational Needs. In 1999 we started to run the International Baccalaureate and we now
have some 80 students starting the course each year. Our part-time courses include
general academic work and provision for local employers and their employees. We were
one of the first colleges in the country to be awarded CoVE status - in our case for our work
in Care.

In the 2001 Ofsted inspection of Truro College, the profile of the grades awarded (eight
Grade 1s and five Grade 2s) placed the college as one of the leading colleges in the country
and contributed to the award of Beacon College status. In its January 2007 Ofsted
inspection report the college achieved Grade 1 in every key category and was awarded
‘designated outstanding’ status.

Student achievements have been of an unusually high standard and combine with the
inspection report to add further external confirmation of the quality of our work. For

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example, for many years, on the basis of a league table of A Level points scored per
candidate compiled by The Times newspaper, Truro College has been placed at the head of
all colleges in the South West of England, and in the top 10 of colleges nationally.

The main College premises consist of new buildings to the west of the City of Truro. The
buildings on the main College site have all been completed since 1993. The most recent
major buildings were occupied in June 2009. We use other premises in the City mainly for
part-time courses and we have Open Learning Centres in Truro and Newquay. We also
have a small centre in a rural area to the south of Truro. This centre offers a limited amount
of residential accommodation, and we have recently opened a new building for our
Foundation Art students.

The financial position of the College has been more secure than most colleges in the sector.
The budget has grown each year and our income is now nearly £45 million.

As the College opened in 1993 it has always existed as an independent incorporated
organisation. Most of our funding is drawn from the Learning and Skills Council. We have
maintained good relationships with our partner schools which are still under LEA control and
we are determined to develop a College which essentially serves the needs for which it was

Penwith College is a small tertiary college based in Penzance, with a population of about
600 full-time students. In recent years the College experienced a number of difficulties.
Following appropriate enquiries and procedures the Board of Governors of both institutions
decided that they wished to merge and this was duly completed in April 2008.

After an Ofsted Report in Autumn 2007 it was reported that Penwith College was in need of
major improvement. Further re-inspection post merger in the autumn of 2008 resulted in a
good report.

A complete re-build is now underway and will be completed in two phases, the first in early
2010 and the second a year later. We believe that we are creating one of the very best
educational campuses in the country which will enable us to offer the sort of broad
curriculum appropriate to a tertiary college. We are determined that the quality of education
offered in Penzance will match provision in Truro. We believe that we have made very good
progress in the last 1½ years. The local reputation of Penwith College has significantly
improved. Necessary staffing adjustments have been achieved with care, and student
numbers are now growing.

Building on the best individual traditions of both centres, the merged College has a local and
national reputation as an institution which is lively, innovative, demands high standards of its
learners, but is also caring and supportive of individuals.

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