Nelson and Colne College – Amanda Melton

Following a modern languages degree, Amanda worked in international software systems sales and implementation, supporting geneticists in early digital analysis techniques. She became a teacher in IT, business and languages with the arrival of her family – now grown up.

Amanda Melton was appointed Principal and Chief Executive of Nelson and Colne College in March 2012. The College is rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ and is one of the top five performing colleges nationally, delivering A Levels, technical and vocational training up to degree level, and apprenticeships. Since Amanda’s arrival, the College has expanded to include Lancashire Adult Learning, delivering adult skills education across the County. In 2018, Accrington and Rossendale College also joined the Nelson and Colne College family under Amanda’s leadership.

In 2013, Amanda led the creation of the Pendle Education Trust, a multi-academy trust initially set up to address the particular needs of poor-performing schools. The Trust is currently responsible for five academies, of which three have already improved by two Ofsted grades since transferring to the Trust.

Amanda is a Director at the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP Champion for Skills and Technical Education), and Chair of the Lancashire LEP Skills Advisory Panel. She is also currently a Director of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

Nelson and Colne College is a high-performing, ambitious organisation situated in the heart of Pendle. It has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted since 2005 and is currently the number one college in the country for 16-18 learner achievement.

The College incorporates a Sixth Form and Skills Academy, apprenticeships and training, Lancashire Adult Learning and a University Centre. It is also a proud sponsor of the multi-academy Pendle Education Trust and merged with Accrington and Rossendale College on 30 November 2018.

Nelson and Colne College is recognised nationally for its performance and is at the forefront of sector developments. It has developed a strong reputation for its collaborative approach to education, including successful mergers with Lancashire Adult Learning and Accrington and Rossendale College, has been chosen as one of the first colleges to deliver T Levels and has been selected to be a Maths Centre for Excellence.

The College has approximately 1,800 full time students, 14,000 part-time adults and more than 1,000 apprentices supported by highly-skilled staff who are committed to raising aspirations, transforming lives and delivering significant impact and opportunities across the region.