A male painting and decorating student painting a picture of Batman at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Public Value Statement

Our mission...

is to offer an outstanding and inclusive education, providing individuals, the community and the local economy with every opportunity to succeed.

Our vision...

is to be highly successful through exceptional teaching and learning, to innovatively grow our provision and to build our reputation so that we are recognised as a quality college, developing staff and students.

The Board of Corporation of East Durham College believe we are accountable to our community and we have a close regard for the voice of our learners.

This commitment to the social, economic and physical well-being of our community is evidenced through this short video. 

East Durham College and Our Community

Here at East Durham College we provide an educational offer to over 2000 students aged between 16 and 18 years old, and over 4000 adult learners. The College currently has an income of over 17 million pounds. In addition to our educational offer, we make available our facilities and staff for a range of community activities at both our Peterlee and Houghall campuses.

These include support for the development and promotion of community sport and fitness... 

using sport to tackle drug, alcohol and other social problems... 

facilities to support community-based theatre and drama activities... 

and the support and promotion of land-based activities such as community allotment facilities and supported employment opportunities for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. 

In addition to supporting the social and physical wellbeing of the community, the economic wellbeing of the district is supported by providing courses for adults to help them back into the jobs market and improve their employment chances. 

In addition, our staff help to develop and support entrepreneurial activity amongst our full-time students and sets targets to increase the number of our students who access business start up advice. 

We recently revised our mission, vision, values and strategic aims and these include a clear commitment to our community.

How we engage with our community and stakeholders

We engage in a number of local partnerships, networks and projects. These include:

  • Grass roots sport development with local youth teams
  • New Horizons for Young Carers
  • Youth Engagement projects to reduce anti-social behaviour
  • East Durham Area Action Partnership and Increasing Participation Networks
  • Community Engagement Projects with The Princes' Trust
  • Support for local, regional and national charities
  • Working within the local community to support the elderly and disadvantaged

We actively seek the views of our students, potential students and parents. This is outlined in detail in our Stakeholder Involvement Strategy which is agreed and reviewed annually by our Board of Corporation.

In addition to seeking and acting upon the views of our learners, we also actively engage with our local community in the following ways:

  • Working effectively with partner schools to identify appropriate progression routes and support requirements.
  • Working with partners in the voluntary sector to better identify, support and meet community needs.
  • Working with employers to provide apprenticeships and to identify and meet training and skills needs.
  • Holding a number of open events, parents' evenings and awards events to engage with and celebrate the achievements of students throughout the academic year.

How we monitor our effectiveness

Here at East Durham College we continually evaluate the quality of our provision in meeting the needs and interests of learners through our self-assessment process.

As part of this process our Board of Corporation monitors the impact of the actions we take to improve our provision - as well as monitoring how well we perform against our strategic aims and objectives. 

We will continue to monitor closely our performance through the development of a number of strategic targets, which underpin our strategic aims.