Ofsted rated 85% of schools in Peterborough as good or outstanding.

Ofsted rated 85% of schools in Peterborough as good or outstanding.

Residents have access to a first-class education system that enables lifelong development, with a broad selection of state primary, secondary, academy, independent and specialist schools for technical training.


£30 million

invested into schools


further and higher education colleges

£30 million

invested so far in a new University

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In 2022 the University in Peterborough will open to 2,000 students, unlocking more potential for businesses and residents in a more knowledge intensive economy. The curriculum will be wholly grounded in the needs of the local economy to help businesses continue innovating, and to give graduates the best possible careers, attracting talent from across the UK and around the world.

The £30 million university is being delivered by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

The first four faculties opening at ARU Peterborough will be:

  • The Faculty of Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • The Faculty of Creative and Digital Arts and Sciences
  • The Faculty of Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability
  • The Faulty of Health and Education

Current provision

Higher education provision can be accessed at University Centre Peterborough (UCP) a £9 million ultra-modern campus with undergraduate courses in over 30 subjects. Watch this short film to see the range of great courses and facilities on offer at University Centre Peterborough.

With some of the world’s largest manufacturers operating in our area, students aged 14-19 pursuing careers in STEM fields, can receive technical education at the £12 million Greater Peterborough University Technical College (GPUTC). The college plays a vital role in developing advanced technical skills in the future workforce, linking directly with businesses to inform the curriculum, and provide hands-on work experience and training.

Further Education outside of sixth forms is also provided at Peterborough Regional College (PRC) and City College Peterborough.  Both colleges offer a range of courses, training, apprenticeship programmes, professional qualifications, adult education and courses for international students. PRC was ranked among the top 20 UK colleges for supporting adult workers into employment in 2019.

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Preparing for the future

Peterborough has one of the highest proportions of young people in the country, and we’re doing everything we can to raise aspirations and help young people understand the world of work, while also helping local employers bridge industry skills gaps and develop more robust talent pipelines.

Read more about how we're nurturing local talent

Next Steps...

To find out more about what Peterborough has to offer, talk to Opportunity Peterborough