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Bodmin College is a large 11-19 establishment providing, what we consider to be, an outstanding education experience in which we maintain high standards of achievement and traditional values within a disciplined and caring environment.
In our most recent Ofsted inspection (2021), Inspectors commented on the College's feeling of community, saying “Bodmin College is a large and welcoming secondary school. There is a community atmosphere to which both pupils and staff say they feel proud to belong”
The College is uniquely situated in North Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, close to National Trust and Forestry Commission properties and land. It is also a short drive from some of the county's beautiful beaches. We are also located very close to the A30, providing transport links to West Cornwall and also travelling east to Devon and onto the M5.
As a central tenet, the value of high quality and motivated staff and, as a consequence, recognise the importance of our commitment to provide and encourage purposeful internal and external professional development opportunities for all members of our staff within the time allocated to do this. Our Ofsted report (2021) states that “Leaders and Governors value their teaching and support staff. Staff benefit from ongoing training to develop teaching further. Teachers say that leaders are mindful of their well-being and consult them regularly to reduce workload. Early careers teachers feel well-supported….”
We are proud of our staff development programmes including well-supported ITT and ECT programmes, with the opportunity for staff to develop their qualifications, skills and experience during their time with us, including qualifications from the National College (NPQML and NPQSL). We are delighted to work in partnership with the University of Plymouth, University of Exeter and Marjon, hosting ITT students across many curriculum subjects. Many of our ITT students opt to apply for our vacancies and join Bodmin College on completion of their PGCE.
Staff wellbeing is very important here at Bodmin College. We are signed up to the DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter, developing our current wellbeing provision and introducing strategies and initiatives required to meet the College's commitment to the Charter. This includes: prioritising staff mental health, giving staff a voice in decision-making, driving down unnecessary workload, championing flexible working and diversity, creating a good behaviour culture, supporting staff to progress in their careers, protecting leader wellbeing and mental health