“What impressed me with Blackpepper was their ability not only to understand the nuances within our strategic thinking but to partner us in shaping our plan and support us in turning rhetoric into reality. Blackpepper facilitated that balance of challenge and support to deliver the outcomes required for all stakeholders. Their creative thinking allowed our ambition to be realised.”
Mike Gaston: Principal, Totton College

In 2011 Ofsted judged Totton College to be inadequate – Grade 4.

The new senior management team instituted a transformational agenda targeted at improving the college’s culture, behaviours and systems. Blackpepper were engaged to develop the learning landscape and to assist the team in delivering their strategic objectives.


  • corporate rebrand, marketing and communications
  • commercial enterprise and business branding
  • new build atrium reception and student services
  • college interior design scheme external surface design signage scheme and information graphics
  • two Costa Coffee outlets with student social spaces
  • informal break-out spaces

Ofsted 2014
“The college’s much improved accommodation provides a positive environment for learning.”
“Students enjoy college and their behaviour throughout all areas of the college is good. A culture of learning, respect and self belief now exists in the college.”