Two national accolades for college

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 March 2015

Dr Paul Phillips with the Weston College team.

Dr Paul Phillips with the Weston College team.

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WESTON College has been transformed in the past decade, getting out of financial difficulties and turning around its ‘poor quality’ education to be officially named as the best provider of further education in the entire country.

Dr Paul Phillips with the TES Awards.Dr Paul Phillips with the TES Awards.

The college not only received the Overall Further Education Provider Of The Year accolade at the Times Education Supplement Further Education Awards (TES FE Awards), but it also named college of the year.

Its principal Paul Phillips said: “It is fantastic for the work that has been carried out at the college to be recognised on a national level.

“It was very pleasing that the judges recognised our aim of providing further education for as many members of the community as possible.

“This marks a fantastic achievement in moving from a college in poor financial health, providing poor quality education in 2001, to one that is now rated as outstanding by Ofsted and where we have a diversity of education provision from high standard technical courses to masters degrees.”

The panel of judges noted the college’s achievements within staff development, its successful links with employers and its support for students.

Dr Phillips said: “Our policy of putting the needs of students first in everything we do means we meet the educational needs of everyone in the community.

“For instance, we have some fantastic work being carried out providing skills for those with autism and learning difficulties. We are also working closely with employers to ensure our courses provide them with the skilled workers they need.”

The college is set to transform the Winter Gardens into a law and professional services centre later this year and Dr Phillips hopes this is just the beginning of more success for the college and still has ‘ambitious plans’ for the future.

He said: “We are achieving academic excellence and working with major projects, such as Hinkley Point, to make sure the region has the right skill sets it will need in the future. We won’t be resting on our laurels as we have ambitious plans to develop the college further still.”

The awards were announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Saturday.

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