The Nelson and Colne College Group is an Ofsted Outstanding Further Education College with a high performance and ambitious culture. Collaboration sits at the heart of its success, and we exist to create the extraordinary.

The Group was born in November 2018 with the successful merger between Nelson and Colne College and Accrington and Rossendale College. Prior to that, pan-Lancashire adult community learning provider Lancashire Adult Learning became part of the family in 2016, and in 2013, the College became sponsor of the five academy Pendle Education Trust comprising of three primary schools and two secondary schools.

We are home to 2,400 16-18-year-old A Level and vocational students, 16,500 adult learners, 1,300 Apprentices and 400 Higher Education students.

Expertly led by Principal and CEO Lisa O’Loughlin, the college’s staff, Governing Board and Leadership Team have set and driven challenging targets. Through passion, creativity, rigour and diligence we deliver year on year improvement, growth and most importantly, highly successful students and Apprentices.

The success of our communities, employers, partners and economy is key to all that we do. We have forged valuable partnerships and a shared vision with like-minded organisations and individuals, creating a network of opportunity and excellence.

Our highly skilled staff are committed to raising and supporting aspirations, providing social mobility and an essential talent pool for the local, regional and national economy.

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