Fircroft College of Adult Education
Fircroft was founded in 1909 by George Cadbury. It occupies his house and 6 acres for grounds, which is a great environment in which to learn and work. A £1.6m development in 2005 gave us a new purpose built teaching centre, en-suite residential facilities, refurbished crèche and upgrade of tutor accommodation.
We are one of four designated long-term adult residential colleges in England.
Our mission is ‘To promote social justice by providing adults with an excellent learning environment for personal, professional and political development’
We are embarking on a process of curriculum change. At the moment we offer:
* One year full-time Access to Higher Education course for 30 students offered on a residential and non-residential basis: students come to us with no/few previous qualifications or recent study.
* An annual programme of short residential courses for around 1500 students including Skills for Life, IT, personal development, professional development, the voluntary and community sector, Family Learning. The majority of these courses run over 3-5 days and the Ransackers programme for over 55s runs over 10 weeks.
* Relatively small amount of non LSC provision including HE provision with Newman College, and project work such as a Lay Assessor programme for Birmingham’s Supporting People. All delivery is direct.
Fircroft is the smallest LSC-funded college in the country, employing 48 staff and 25 visiting tutors.
The college was awarded Grade 1 (outstanding) in every area by Ofsted in November 07. Inspectors judged that “All members of staff, regardless of their roles are fully involved in decision making to shape and develop the college. Communications are also excellent. The close knit college community has a strong sense of purpose and unity”.
The college also holds the Matrix standard, Investors in People, and the Positive about Disabled People kitemark.