Weston College up for six awards
PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:38 12 December 2018
Weston College has been shortlisted for six prestigious education awards.
The college itself, staff and departments have made the shortlist for honours in the TES Further Education (FE) Awards and Association of Colleges’ (AoC) Beacon Awards.
The principal, Dr Paul Phillips, has also been shortlisted for a leadership prize.
The two organisations will hold a joint ceremony to announce the winners in March 2019.
Dr Phillips said: “During my time as principal, the college has celebrated many achievements, but this ranks alongside the most remarkable and I am proud of my staff who go above and beyond for me.”
Jude Ferguson, chair of governors, said: “These awards recognise the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the FE sector has to offer.
“For the college and its staff to be named in such a broad range of categories is a wonderful achievement and one we’re extremely proud of.
“Our staff consistently go above and beyond to ensure learners get the very best education possible and this recognition is thoroughly deserved.”
The college has been shortlisted in four categories in the TES Awards with Dr Phillips nominated for leader of the year, motor vehicle lecturer Claire Knapp shortlisted for Further Education Teacher of the Year, Weston college’s specialist learner base – which includes members from teams including the welfare and pastoral, inclusive practice, mental health, sport, public services and human resources teams – has been nominated for the best specialist provider prize.
Finally the college itself has been nominated for the Further Education College of the Year Award.
The college has also received two nomination in the AoC awards with two cross-college initiatives are up for prizes.
The specialist learner base is up for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award, and the business growth, employer engagement, higher education and faculty of engineering teams are nominated for an engagement with employers prize.
Carole Stott, chair of the AoC charitable trust, said: “Weston College has done well to get this far and we wish them the best of luck.”