The College of West Anglia

Working for CWA

The College of West Anglia is one of the largest colleges in the Eastern region, with a vision of ‘changing lives through learning’. Currently there are around 800 full-time and part-time staff and a student cohort of over 8000. The college turnover is around £35million.

In January 2013, the college was inspected by Ofsted and was found to be a ‘good college’. All of the areas inspected cross-college were found to be grade 2 – good, including all of our inspected curriculum areas. The college is also graded as good in financial health.

Our catchment area

The college serves a mainly rural catchment area covering Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and south Lincolnshire. The main campus is in King’s Lynn – a historic market town with a population of around 40,000. There are two other main campuses located in Milton and Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, the former specialising in a landbased curriculum. We also provide specialist facilities to our sports students, who are based at our sports campus at Alive Lynnsport in King’s Lynn and we have a specialist centre for students with learning difficulties and disabilities on Providence Street in Kings Lynn.

Our commitment to improvement

The college has completed several major building projects to improve all of our campuses, including refurbishment of the landmark ‘tower block’ and a new creative industries facility at the King’s Lynn campus, two new technology buildings at our King’s Lynn and Wisbech campuses, a new build and refurbishment of the main building at the Wisbech campus and an overhaul of buildings at our Cambridge campus. A £6.5million centre for higher education is being built at our King’s Lynn campus and is due to open in September 2016.

College organisational structure

The college is overseen by a board of governors, which comprises members from local industry, public bodies, councils and staff who serve on various committees with no remuneration and determine the college’s direction in terms of its strategy, mission and finances. An executive (senior management team) consisting of the principal, and 3 executive directors leads the college.

Curriculum structure

Our curriculum is organised into 5 teaching faculties, each with a head of faculty, supported by programme managers, with responsibility for courses, student recruitment and teams of teaching staff in designated areas:

  • Business, Humanities, Science and Computing
  • Care & Public Services
  • Creative Arts & Foundation
  • Technology
  • Landbased Studies

The college has strong working partnerships with local schools, with a healthy cohort of 14-16 students attending each year. We also founded the CWA Academy Trust, which sponsors some of our local primary and secondary education schools.


CWA is employer-responsive, with activities including work-based learning provision and all offsite employer training delivery. There are two managers, one responsible for employer liaison, partnerships and commercial training and one for apprenticeships and work-based learning. The large employer training offer includes apprenticeship programmes, short bespoke courses and work based assessment.

Higher education

In partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, CWA offers a range of higher education programme, delivered in curriculum areas but co-ordinated through the manager at King’s Lynn. This provides opportunities for HE courses from HNC and Access up to degree level. The college also delivers teaching qualifications through the Learning Practice team.

Business support units

Our teams of support staff, who are responsible for cross-college activities, are:

  • Funding and exams
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • The Learning Practice
  • Student services and marketing
  • Property services

Staff in all departments and units are considered vital to the smooth and efficient operation of the college and essential to continuous improvement.

Strategic ambitions

Our strategic ambitions are to:

  • Inspire all learners to achieve their full potential
  • Provide inspiring and relevant programmes
  • Develop excellence through partnerships
  • Invest in staff, buildings, facilities and systems
  • Embed a culture of equality and safety
  • Ensure our long term future

The College of West Anglia is a great place to work with an exciting future – why not come and join us?