Helping colleges plan successful growth

Chalkstream designs and delivers research projects that provide the crucial intelligence colleges need to make complex, important strategic decisions about the institution’s future.


Our research has helped colleges:

  • identify demand and opportunities for growth in new catchment areas
  • better manage the risks inherent in growth
  • effectively plan new provision.


Projects typically involve:

  • analysis of a broad range of secondary information – including labour market intelligence, educational performance data and population statistics
  • primary research among the groups who will determine the success of a development programme
  • analysis, reporting, presentations, consultancy. 


Each Chalkstream research project is bespoke according to specific client needs. Themes we have explored on behalf of colleges considering growth in a new catchment area include:

  • college reputation in the new area
  • market size
  • student population profiles
  • current providers offer, size, market share, reputations
  • local employer requirements
  • subject, provider preferences among potential students and parents
  • travel to study attitudes and behaviours.


“Another excellent piece of research presented to us today from Chalkstream. Thorough but presented with clarity & simplicity... Impressive as always.”

Ian Pryce, CEO, Bedford College Group


About Us

Chalkstream Limited, registered in England and Wales.

Registered Number: 08104444

Registered Address: 20 Stocks Road, Aldbury, Herts, HP23 5RU

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