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 new University which opened in 2022

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ARU Peterborough

In 2022 ARU Peterborough university campus opened to students, unlocking more potential for businesses and residents in a more knowledge intensive economy. The curriculum is 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.

Phase Three of the university is now in the process of being built. This is a second teaching building, which will be a new and interactive science facility, the ‘Living Lab’. It is partly funded by a £28million Government grant through the Levelling Up Fund.

Other education providers in Peterborough

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