Whatever the ambition and passion of our students, Trafford College is here to help them succeed. Our college is part of the Trafford College Group, and every year, thousands of students join us on courses that are designed to further their career prospects, enable progression into higher education or simply satisfy a desire to learn new skills and support wellbeing.
Our aim at Trafford College is two-fold – to provide an inclusive educational offer that serves the needs of our local community and to provide a career focused curriculum that meets the skills needs of businesses across the region, enabling individuals to further their employment prospects. In short, we are here to ensure our students develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours required for success in life and work.
Our offer at Trafford College includes academic education (A Levels and GCSEs), adult education, apprenticeships, community learning, higher education, and vocational/technical education – including delivery of the new T Levels. We have two main campus sites – at Altrincham and Stretford, as well as our highly successful Retail Skills Shop in the Trafford Centre. In addition, we deliver across a range of community venues within Trafford for adult learners.
Do take the opportunity to look through our website to see further details on all the courses and support that we offer. Come and visit on one of our open days, speak to our colleagues, meet current students, and have a look around our facilities. We will make your experience an incredibly welcome one, and we will provide you with all the information you need to make those all-important decisions on the next steps in your education and career journey.
James Scott, Principal & CEO
We are proud to be a career focused, inclusive college guided by our values, vision and mission. This framework provides the direction for our strategic plan which sets out to achieve our purpose of unlocking the potential and fostering success of our learners, partners, stakeholders, and colleagues. You can find our full strategic plan here with the summary of our strategic priorities highlighted as:
Providing high quality, responsive education and training for all our students enabling their success and supporting their progression.
Establish Trafford College as a sector leading employer so that our colleagues thrive and deliver the highest quality of education and experience to all our students and stakeholders.
Driving business recovery, renewal and productivity through transformational relationships with employers.
Clearly defining and delivering our corporate social responsibility and civic duty as an anchor institution for our local communities.
To provide the highest quality of education and training to all our students and employers through an inclusive and career focused curriculum.
To be a leading provider of education and skills that supports community cohesion and drives local and regional productivity.
We believe that every challenge is an opportunity to learn, develop and become stronger.
We set high expectations and standards for students, colleagues, and our communities, striving for excellence in all that we do
We allow ourselves and others to grow by treating each other with thoughtfulness and an open mind.
We work together, support one another, share ideas, and encourage success.
We value individual differences and creating an environment where everyone has the same opportunities.
Trafford College is an award-winning institution with the trophies and accreditations to prove it.
We pride ourselves on being a leading education provider. Our awards and accreditations are testament to the dedication of our staff who work tirelessly to provide high quality teaching and learning that best prepares our students for their future careers.
Since merging to form a larger College Group, Awards received by Trafford College, Stockport College, The Cheadle College and Marple Sixth Form College are formally recognised as Trafford College Group achievements, with both students and staff collaborating across campuses and disciplines. With the tireless efforts of our dedicated students and the staff that forge their pathway to victory, we’re thrilled to display our most recent achievements below.
The college holds a number of accreditations, which include STEM Assured and Further Education Chartered Status. Our accreditations allow students and staff to have our college* strengths recognised against an established standard.
*Trafford College Group – Trafford College & Trafford College.
The Trafford College Community Partnership brings together a range of local organisations who work collectively together to enhance our college offer to our students.
Colleges are often referred to as “anchor institutions” within the local community. We believe that it is essential to work with our local partners to provide the education provision that our communities require whilst reaffirming connections that create opportunities for our students. By joining with our partners, we can provide a more holistic experience that addresses all areas of our students’ educational, personal and social development needs.
This partnership therefore provides inclusive support for student challenges, it provides opportunities for student led social action and response to civic duty; in addition to offering creative opportunities for work experience as well as complementary educational activities.
This model of working is needed now more than ever before. The Community Partnership has been an integral part of the College’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and continues to enable much needed support for our students and their families. The partnership is also an essential part of the College’s wider strategy around community cohesion and inclusion, and will ensure that we remain an institution rooted in the needs and interests of the localities we serve.
For more information contact Michelle McLaughlin, Student Engagement & Learner Voice Lead on 0161 296 5622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Following our visit by Ofsted in November 2022, we are delighted to publish our inspection report which confirms our rating as a ‘Good Provider’ according to the most recent inspection framework.