Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Brockenhurst is one of the most successful Further Education Colleges in the UK. We provide Sixth Form, Adult Learning and Business training to a wide catchment area
  • Year established:
    1913
  • Website:
    http://www.brock.ac.uk
  • UK locations:
    South East

About Brockenhurst College

BROCKENHURST COLLEGE'S ETHOS and core purpose, explains its principal Di Roberts, can be traced back to the views of the Greek philosopher and one-time slave Epictetus, who wrote: "Only the educated are free."

Roberts adds: "We are passionate about our belief in education and the contribution that learning can make to the fulfilment of people's lives." The Hampshire college was described by Ofsted as "outstanding" last year, with inspectors highlighting leadership and management as being among its key strengths. Our staff survey revealed an exceptional regard for managers (71% overall, the highest score among all 75 public bodies). The college's 670 employees believe their boss cares for them as individuals (77%) and wants to ensure staff job satisfaction (70%). Managers regularly congratulate people on a job well done (73%) and listen as well as tell (75%) — all top scores among mid-sized bodies.

As a result, employees feel they have their manager's support (76%, another top ranking) and are confident in the leadership skills of their boss (71%).

Located in the heart of the New Forest national park and known as Brock locally, the college attracts more than 2,700 school-leavers. Last year, A-level students broke its own records with an overall pass rate of 98.8%, notching up a 100% rate in 30 subjects. Its employees rate Brock highly, giving the college a 77% positive score, bettered by just one other organisation, for the My Company factor of our survey. They love working for the college (76%), view what they do as an important part of their lives (78%), and would have to think very carefully about leaving if offered a post elsewhere (72%).

www.brock.ac.uk


What is it like to work for Brockenhurst College

My Manager
My Manager
The stated aim of Brockenhurst college is to be seen as a learning organisation where all involved in the college students and staff are engaged in a journey of education and personal growth. Individuals are encouraged to take ownership of their own development and suggest ways of achieving their goals. To this end the college has sponsored people through a range of management courses such as MBA’s, general certificates and diploma programmes. The college also belongs to the Association of Colleges and senior managers attend sessions organised by them on all aspects of running a college.
My Team
My Team
The college provides a relaxing staff area where people can get together in an informal area where they have access to tea and coffee and free newspapers. They also go out of their way to celebrate any significant successes as a team, as an example the college hosted a staff buffet following an excellent report from OFSTED. The end of the summer term is another opportunity to bring people together with a summer barbeque.
My Company
My Company
At the core of Brockenhurst’s or Brock as everyone knows it locally, approach has been recognition that if the students are to have a great educational experience then the people who provide that opportunity both front of house and behind the scenes must be motivated, interested and knowledgeable. The latest step on the improvement journey has been the introduction of Good to Great a change process that has staff at its heart. Once a year all staff are involved in identifying the areas of change that would make most contribution to improving the college’s performance. This is used to prioritise projects and investment. Last year this process led to major changes in the sixth-form timetable, the introduction of personalised learning, a revision of the tutorial system and a drive on reducing paperwork – the bane of any educational establishment. The college works hard to build and maintain a shared sense of mission and does this through detailed induction and training; all college training days, end of term socials, morning meetings, weekly staff newsletters and ½ termly newsletters.

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Benefits:

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym
    Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare
    Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:

    14%

  • Staff Turnover:

    2%

  • Male : Female:

    30% / 70%

  • Average Age:

    46

  • UK sites:

    5

  • Staff:

    670

  • Graduate Vacancy Locations:

    almost all of our Lecturing posts are filled with people who have degrees

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