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A warm welcome to the HNC website 

I am delighted to welcome you to HNC. Whilst I was appointed as Principal in early 2022, I have been a proud member of the HNC community for a number of years. I am honoured to have been part of the College's journey so far and I am excited about our future. 

HNC is a high achieving, forward thinking institution with big ambitions, both for the students in our care and our role within the communities that we serve.   

This national reputation for excellence is reflected in our outstanding Ofsted rating and through the numerous high profile awards that we have received. You can read more about our awards here. Most importantly, it is reflected in the successes of our students who progress from HNC to a wide range of  destinations - from Oxbridge and Russell Group universities to degree level apprenticeships and the world of work. Whatever our students want to do after College, we ensure that they can achieve it. Places at HNC are in high demand and we are an oversubscribed College. We are currently extending our Campus so that even more young people from the local community can benefit from the experience on offer from September 2022 onwards. 

We are here to help each and every student be the best version of themselves. We are authentic, passionate, respectful, self-disciplined, innovative and empathetic; these are our values and they underpin everything that we do both inside and outside of the classroom.  Our young people leave us ready and excited to embrace their next steps with confidence - they have the qualifications, life skills and knowledge to achieve their ambitions.  

HNC has a long history of success and there are so many inspiring stories that we have helped our students to write. As Principal, I very much look forward to building on these successes and taking the College into a new phase of development to offer our students an exceptional experience. 

Whether you are exploring this website as a prospective student or parent/carer, member of the local community or a prospective employee, I look forward to welcoming you to HNC soon.  

With warmest wishes 

Marcus Smith-Connor


 One HNC, a College where students love to learn and staff love to work. Where students earn life-changing qualifications. Where we develop the confidence to live authentically and the courage to shape a better future.
To read our Vision and Mission click here.



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