Our Strategy

The Bournemouth & Poole College strategy 2020-2023: Transforming Futures

Our strategic Plan…

Our new Strategic Plan is being developed at an interesting time. Nationally, we await the publication of a White Paper which we anticipate will recognise the strategic value of further education. The value to our economy of technical and professional education and training, especially at levels 3, 4 and 5 is better acknowledged now, than has been the case in the recent past. The increasing influence of technology poses challenges but offers up almost limitless opportunities. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that is changing the way we live and work in ways we could not have imagined a few months ago.

But there is strength in adversity and we have been motivated to think differently about what we do and how we do it. We are moving into the future in a mood of optimism, with high ambitions and a clear vision for the next few years. This plan will define us as a provider of professional and technical education and training, judged by Ofsted and others as meeting the highest standards. We will focus on careers not courses. Our deployment of digital technologies in all our core activities will enable our students and staff to flourish in a digitally connected world. Our open and inclusive culture will create equality of opportunity for staff and students and place great value on social responsibility and sustainability. Strong financial management and creative and efficient use of resources will enable investment in a high quality physical environment and in particular, we will create a clear vision for our use of space in a post COVID world.
We are excited to play our part in securing long term prosperity for all constituents of our local community.

Purpose, Vision, Mission and Challenge

The Purpose that Bournemouth & Poole College exists, is to transform students’ futures.

We have a Vision for every student to have the best life they can.

Our Mission is to champion lifelong learning to benefit individuals, the community and the economy.

Our activities are guided by our core Values:

  • a passion for learning and success
  • supportive and caring
  • respectful and considerate
  • a champion for equality through learning
  • ambitious and tenacious.

As part of our re-visioning for the future, the College’s Board issued a Challenge to the Exec to:

  • Provide an excellent experience for our students.
  • Generate a surplus to create a continuous investment cycle through efficient use of our assets.
  • Deliver skills in line with local and national needs.
  • Create a culture of trust in which staff feel highly valued, respected and empowered.
  • Respond to the needs of the climate emergency.


This Plan is the College’s strategic response to that Challenge.

Phil Sayles
Principal and Chief Executive

Read the Strategic Plan

Strategic plan 2020-2023