Overview

Formed in 2013, following three separate mergers from 2009, Coleg Cambria has rapidly established itself as a leading UK education provider. Estyn in February 2015 awarded the College the highest Estyn sector judgements of this inspection cycle, with both current performance and prospects for improvement at ‘excellent’.

One of the largest colleges in the UK, the college has approximately 7,000 full time students, 20,000 part-time learners and many international links. Across its six sites Coleg Cambria offers a vast array of full-time and part-time courses including A Levels, GCSEs, BTECs, Welsh for Adults and Higher Education. Working in partnership with over 1,000 employers, the college also offers many Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities with strong links to local employment and is officially a Roatp provider.

Positioned on the border of North East Wales, the college offers world-class facilities including a Centre of Excellence for Engineering, 1,000 acre farm and animal care centre. Notable successes in 2016 included the opening of the new 6th Form Centre and University Centre at Deeside site and new major estate developments at Bersham and Northop.
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Officially Excellent

Coleg Cambria’s Further Education provision, including vocational and A Level programmes, was judged as ‘Excellent’ by Estyn, which means we are currently the highest-performing college in Wales.

The report, published in February 2016 following a two week inspection, says that learner behaviour around the college is exemplary and that the college’s care, support and guidance package is sector leading. It also states that success rates for substantial courses are excellent and place the college in the top quartile of all colleges in Wales. Inspectors also highlight the fact that the college has an exemplary strategy and highly effective practice to develop literacy and numeracy skills for learners.

The college’s strategic partnerships at local, regional, national and industrial level, which enhance the curriculum offer for learners are also deemed ‘excellent’ by inspectors.

Ken Skates AM Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure: “Coleg Cambria’s Estyn Report gives the region something to be proud about - a college led with vision and ambition.”

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Success Rates

Coleg Cambria tops Wales’ performance tables with consistently high success rates across all provision, including high performing sixth-form and successful employer-focussed vocational learning.

Being rated as the best in the survey of learners, employers and staff continues to be a basis for continuous improvements at Coleg Cambria. We are proud of our achievements of responding positively to students and staff following survey outcomes.

In 2016 the college had an above average national pass rate of 99% for A level results. Students achieving the higher grades increased considerably with over 50% of the passes awarded the top A*, A or B grades and 78% achieving A* to C.

27 students had the remarkable achievement of clear A*/A grades in all of their subjects.
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Sector Leading

In 2014, the College achieved the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its highly-regarded work in the aerospace sector.

The college is currently UK’s second highest performing WorldSkills centre and gold medal winners for 3 years running.

Recent awards also include the TES FE Awards where Yvonne Evans picked up Assessor of The Year and David Jones OBE won FE Leader of The Year.
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Partnerships

Coleg Cambria are working with thousands of employers and partners to transform education and training in North East Wales.

Our CEO chairs the Deeside Enterprise Zone and is a leader in regional development via the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, displaying exceptional partnership-working with employers of all sizes, supporting workforce development and business growth.

We are one of only two Welsh colleges to be a proud member the Collab Group of colleges – transforming the UK economy through the delivery of high-quality technical and professional education.
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Economic Impact

During 2016 we have continued to work at the heart of the community and economy, building aspiration and skills and aiming to continue to make a significant contribution to the economic growth of the region.

Coleg Cambria has continued during 2016 to provide a broad range of outstanding apprentice and employer training and development opportunities to support the local economy. The college is proud to be one of the leading providers of training to businesses in North Wales and the North West, supporting them to develop a skilled workforce, leading to accredited qualifications and success.
We worked extensively with local and national employers to enrich our students’ experience and provide the higher-level skills workforce employers need to enable further growth of the North East Wales and the Mersey Dee area economy.

Coleg Cambria is the lead provider of a partnership developed with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai & WEA YMCA to provide businesses across North Wales with financial support to raise employee skills and knowledge. It aims to support employers to build a skilled and adaptable workforce through subsidised training and development. In September The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister, visited Magellan Aerospace in September to launch this high profile £16.2M Skills for Employers and Employees (SEE) project.

Following a competitive process, the college won a contract to deliver learning and skills at HMP Berwyn in partnership with Novus, the UK’s largest provider of education, training and employability programmes to offenders. The contract is worth £18.7m over five years and brings together a high level of educational and skills excellence that will further enhance opportunities in education, training and employment in the Wrexham area and beyond as well as creating 150 new jobs for the region.
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Our Vision

Our Cambria Vision is 'To be a leading education and skills organisation- internationally recognised for excellence in all that we do'.

The College continues to drive forward with its 2020 vision, incorporating a new Deeside Sixth-Form Centre and ambitious expansion into higher education and degree level apprenticeships.

Our overriding priority is to continue to deliver excellent teaching and learning, in order to stretch, challenge and inspire all learners to explore and achieve to their full potential. This is essential as Cambria’s role becomes ever more important for our communities and our economy.
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Our Behaviours

Our behaviours define the attitudes and standards that we expect of everyone at Cambria, provide the foundation for our ethos and are the key to us achieving our priorities, standards and targets.