'Incredible' Weston College wins Bristol Life Award

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2018

Lorna Davey and Dr Paul Phillips with the award. Picture: Weston College

Lorna Davey and Dr Paul Phillips with the award. Picture: Weston College

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Weston College has won a prize for its services to education in the South West.

The college was given a Bristol Life Award which acknowledged its success rates which consistently surpass national benchmarks after 97 per cent of students passed their A-level results last year.

The college was also recognised for its work with leading employers and beat competition from ASDAN, Claremont School and Boomsatsuma,

Award judges were impressed by the college’s continued investment into the regional economy.

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Jane Roscoe, executive dean at University of the West of England Bristol and part of the judging panel, said: “This is a deserved award for Weston College.

“It provides positive outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged people in its area.

“It is an incredible education provider which is having a great effect on higher education in the South West.”

Current student Lorna Davey met the college’s principal and chief executive Dr Paul Phillips, to accept the award on behalf of the student body.

Lorna studied media production at level three before progressing to a foundation degree in film and media arts production at University Centre Weston.

She said: “I can definitely see why the college has won this award, it provides so much for students across the area and beyond.

“Throughout my time with Weston College, I’ve progressed more than I thought I ever would.

“They offer amazing support and progression opportunities, and put a lot of time and effort into helping their students.

“Having studied here, I’d never go anywhere else.”

Dr Phillips added: “We are thrilled to be recognised for our contribution to the region.

“We strive to support all of our students, no matter where they are or what they are studying, and this award is a testament to the hard work of our tutors and staff who continue to go above and beyond.

“We are most proud of our students, who continually exceed expectations with our support and help us prove we really are the best in the West of England.

The college was recently awarded the Queen’s anniversary prize for higher and further education and two association of colleges’ beacon awards for widening participation in education and inclusive practice.

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