Strategic Plan, Corporate Plan, Sustainability Strategy and Public Value Statement

Strategic Plan

Our Vision, Purpose and Values

Our students are at the heart of everything we do. Our outstanding, passionate staff are always striving for excellence and this positive culture has a real impact on the aspirations of our students.

We encourage all our staff and students to dream big and we are proud to say that studying at Barnsley College helps to inspire our learners and transform their lives. Our vision, purpose, values and strategic priorities help to steer the college and ensure that our focus is on helping our students to achieve the very best.


  • Transforming Lives


To ensure that all our students:

  • Have a great time
  • Achieve their aims
  • and progress onto work or higher education

Our Values

  • Aspirational – courage to shape a better future.
  • Supportive – encouraging, compassionate and understanding.
  • Caring – hearts and minds.
  • Respectful – inclusive.
  • Genuine – be clear, be real.

Strategic PrioritiesStrategic Priorities

Our strategic priorities provide a roadmap for us on the journey to achieving our vision of transforming lives. The priorities represent areas where our resources and time will be focused to ensure our students, staff and stakeholders get the best out of Barnsley College.


Delivering a beyond outstanding experience for both our students and staff and being Ofsted inspection-ready is our key focus.

Seven key themes underpin our ambition to reach outstanding and beyond, each area driving our teaching and learning. These are English and maths provision; Higher Education; Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG); apprenticeships; adults and the sixth form.

We aim to deliver the highest quality provision for students, staff and our stakeholders to help them aspire to reach their full potential.


We are really proud of Barnsley and the communities we work with. We aim to continue to build strong links with students, staff, schools, and businesses, reinforcing our place in the local community as an outstanding education provider. Our students go on to do amazing things after leaving us, whether that is through work or further study, and our alumni prove we are achieving our vision of transforming lives.

As we strive for beyond outstanding, our brand and reputation, as well as the quality and financial position of the college, underpins our ability to recruit students and engage with external audiences.


We are accelerating our sustainability commitments with the launch of our first Sustainability Strategy. The strategy highlights our commitments and key milestones which we will be working towards to protect and preserve the planet for future generations.

We need to safeguard the college for the future, making sure we generate enough cash each year to continue to provide an outstanding experience for our students and staff during their time with us. This involves investing in our buildings, facilities, staffing, equipment and IT infrastructure.

To generate cash we need to increase the size of the college and ensure that we continue to operate efficiently. We ultimately want to shock proof our financial position so growing income and maximising efficiency will contribute to this.


Public Value Statement

“To position Barnsley College as a catalyst for educational, economic and social change in the South Yorkshire region.”

Barnsley College is committed to being actively involved in the economic, social and cultural development of our community. This is through collaborative partnership working and the innovative engagement and creation of opportunities for the practical benefit of the people, businesses and communities that we serve.

Corporate Plan

This plan sets out our vision, purpose and values, together with our strategic goals for the future.

Corporate Plan


Sustainability Strategy

Last updated: 1st February 2023