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2017 saw Stanmore College jump up two Ofsted grades, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) gave the College the highest possible judgement, Best Performing L3 vocational College in North/West London - DfE Performance Tables and, most recently, one of 10 colleges nationwide to achieve 100 per cent satisfaction in the National Student Survey to outperform leading universities.

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Wednesday, 21st June marked a celebration of the grit and determination shown by Access learners who completed their courses.

We all know that it is ultimately learners who have to put in the hard work to succeed in getting the best outcomes, and that much of the job of any educational provider is to equip students with the right tools and support to enable this.

As a celebration of thanks, a fun-filled awards ceremony was organised by Adwoa Nimo, Lecturer in Psychology and Beaulah Banfield, Course Leader for Science Access Courses. During the ceremony, learners thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of awards coupled with an evening feast!

Learners picked up awards for various categories including ‘Best Personality’ and ‘Best Dressed'.

Nadine Ellis, who studied Access to Nursing, Level 2 Maths, and GCSE English commented, ‘’the event was thoroughly organised and gave us an opportunity to celebrate our course achievements. I am delighted to be awarded an award for perseverance. No doubt, the courses have been intense, but nevertheless, teachers were supportive and made sure I was given the right resources to deliver. They stepped out of their line of duties to make sure I was supported’’. Nadine has been offered a place at Middlesex University where she will study a degree in Mental Health and Nursing.

Shaun Barnard was presented with an award for ‘Best Personality’ and commented,‘’it feels good to be recognised for non-academic achievements and the friendly support of teachers has helped me to reduce stress levels whilst studying.’’ Shaun studied Access to Psychology and is moving onto applying for work experience placements.

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Family, friends and members of the public were invited to view a range of displays showcasing work produced by Art and Media students from the College.

The exhibition encompassed a plethora of work from Art and Design, Games Design and Animation, Multimedia and TV and, Film students. As part of the exhibition week, parents, students and staff attended a special viewing that garnered excellent feedback on the work of students.

Sally Gunnet, Study Programme Leader for Art and Design commented, ''students have worked really hard this year to produce a wide range of products for their Final Major Project including animations, computer games, documentaries, short films, websites, paintings, sculptures and graphic design. Many students have used London as their starting point and have explored different elements of this multi-faceted city to inspire them.’’ 

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Well done to all students who have finished their final project.

The College offers art, design and media courses as vocational qualifications targeted to school leavers and a variety of Art and Design courses for adults. For more information about courses, please call 0208 420 7700.    

In June, students are due to go to to Auschwitz to cover a two-day historical trip.The trip is sponsored by the Chesterhill Charitable Trust LTD.

The aim is to provide this incredible educational opportunity and increase students basic understanding of a horrifying time in our history to another level. By actually visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps in person, and hearing the facts explained by professional guides, the students will enhance their learning and understanding of these tragic events and be able to share their newfound knowledge with their peers and family members.

The trip will take place on 28th and 29th June. Five students have been nominated by staff to attend the trip as a reward for demonstrating high standards of commitment and achievement.The students will be accompanied by the Head of Student Services.

The Itinerary:

DAY 1

16:00 Meet Mr Kahan (group leader) at London Stansted Airport
18:00 Flight departs Stansted
21:25 Arrive Krakow (local time)

• Coach transfer to local hotel.
• Meeting in hotel reception area regarding the following day’s itinerary.

DAY 2
07:00 Breakfast in the hotel restaurant
07:45 Depart hotel via coach to Auschwitz Museum and concentration camp
09:00 Guided tour of Auschwitz with specialised local guides
Coach transfer to Birkenau concentration camp (snacks on the coach)
Guided tour of Auschwitz with specialised local guides
Coach transfer to old Jewish quarters and remaining synagogues in Krakow
Group dinner in Krakow
Transfer to Krakow Airport
21:50 Flight departs for London Stansted Airport
23:25 Arrive Stansted

Following the trip the students will be encouraged to share their experience by way of a presentation to either their class or perhaps the whole of the curriculum area. We hope the students have a fantastic time and enjoy going through a learning curve in the history of these tragic events. 

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The students and staff of Stanmore College are celebrating their latest Ofsted inspection report, just published on the Ofsted web-site (www.ofsted.gov.uk). The report is a glowing tribute to the hard work of all staff and emphasises the College’s “rapid and significant improvement in the quality of provision” which had previously rated the College in 2015 as ‘Inadequate’.

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It is useful to reflect on how well the College improved, moving an “Inadequate” judgement to a consistent set of “Good” grades in just over a year. This leap in improvement, in such a short time, is seldom seen or reported on by Ofsted. Stanmore College is just the third college nationwide out of 80 colleges to have improved by two grades under the new Common Inspection Framework.

All the College’s main grades given by Ofsted are now all judged to be Good, including: teaching, learning and assessment; the outcomes for learners; leadership and management; and personal development, behaviour and welfare of students. This very positive picture led to the Overall Effectiveness of the College to be Good.

The inspection was completed on 3rd February 2017 by a team of seven inspectors, led by Her Majesty’s Inspector Richard Pemble. The report highlights the high achievement and good progress made by students who “make good gains in their confidence and self-esteem”. 

The Principal of the College, Sarbdip Noonan, was proud of the “extremely hard work by all staff, who support our students to pass their courses successfully and go on to university or jobs.” 

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The Ofsted report comments that “Teachers have improved their skills, which are now good, to support their learners effectively and raise their aspirations” and commends the students’ “high standards of conduct and behaviour.”

The Chair of Governors, John Howard, said: “this is a tremendous validation of both the dedication and determination of all the staff and also the passionate and inspirational leadership of the Principal, Sarbdip Noonan, who has only been in post since January last year.” 

Harrow MP Bob Blackman said: “This is wonderful news for the community, which needs a strong local college to support local people and employers. I am very impressed with the commitment shown by students, staff, managers and governors.” 

Leader of Harrow Council, Councillor Sachin Shah, commented “Absolutely great news that the College has improved the quality of its provision. With OFSTED now rating the Teaching Learning and standard as Good, Harrow students will know they are getting an excellent education. I’m always looking to get the best for Harrow residents, and with Stanmore College, I know I will.” 

 

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