203 college leaders write to the Chancellor and Secretary of State, demanding the implementation of the Post-18 Education Review (The Augar Review)


In an unprecedented move, the leaders of every general further education college in England have joined forces to write an open letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education urging them to “answer the calls from business” and respond to the “challenges of technological change and Brexit”  by urgently investing in the country’s technical and vocational education system by implementing the main recommendations of the government’s recent Post-18 Education Review (the Augar Review).


The 203 leaders are responsible for institutions that educate and train 2 million people each year, employing 180,000 staff and they have a combined turnover of £6 billion per annum.

The Augar Review called for, amongst other things, an end to the 17.5% cut in education funding for 18-year-olds, support so that everybody, regardless of age, to achieve to at least level three, and a rebalancing of the traditional post-18 educational landscape.


Key extracts from the letter:


“[The Post-18 Review] understands that employers and communities need more high quality technical and professional education and training, industry standard facilities, expert staff and the unique curriculum that colleges already provide.  It sees colleges as the key vehicle for the flexible, local delivery of national strategies, supporting industrial policy, productivity, skills development and genuine social equity.  It clearly acknowledges that all this requires real investment.”


“In many respects the Augar Review represents a wider emerging consensus across England. We are sure that you will agree with us and other key stakeholders that further education colleges have been neglected, and that there is now a growing appreciation of their unique role, value and potential. What we now need are decisions and commitments: with your political leadership, support and resolve, colleges will be able to build on what they already do to reach more employers and more adults and make the differences our economy and society need. “


Bev Robinson OBE, member of the Independent Panel and co-author of the Augar Review said:


“The government’s response to the outcomes of the well-received Augar Review is arguably a watershed moment for the British government.  Choosing to enact the recommendations would demonstrate the government’s commitment to the much-needed skills revolution which our country needs, which industry is crying out for and which will promote social equity for all adults, not just the 50% as it is now.”


Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive, Oldham College said:


“The technical and professional education which our colleges specialise in, is a hidden strength of this country.  There is some astonishingly good provision, but the system overall has been held back by a clear view of its role backed by a serious investment plan. 

Implementing the Augar Review will genuinely change lives, communities and the economy for a generation. Now is the time to act.”


David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said:


“It is extraordinary to have every leader in every general further education college in the country collaborate like this. But then these are extraordinary times. These college leaders are uniquely placed at the hearts of their communities, working closely with local, national and international business, supporting individuals to get on in life, and driving the social mobility agenda.


Government needs to listen to them if they’ve got any chance of tackling the major issues this country faces, now and in the future.


Lowell Williams, CEO Dudley College of Technology said:


“There are many examples of colleges in the UK delivering technical learning which is simply amazing. But these examples are too often the exception and not the rule.  On the eve of the fourth industrial revolution we have the opportunity to make really great technical learning the norm in every UK college. The Augar Review clearly shows us how. Implementing the Augar Review should be the main focus for the government’s skills agenda.”


Shelagh Legrave, CEO and Principal, Chichester College Group said:


“The Augar report comes at a critical time for further education institutions and recognises the central role which Colleges are playing in providing a skilled workforce to businesses.  It is crucial that the report’s key recommendations for further education are implemented to address the shortfall in technicians in the UK economy”


The letter in full:


As college leaders, we are pleased that the Augar Review understands the importance of a more coherent tertiary system.  It makes many positive recommendations that will support the economy by upskilling and reskilling the adult population of England, through investment in more flexible higher, technical and professional education and training, answering calls from business and in direct response to the pending challenges of technological change and Brexit.


The report and the recommendations are based on sound analysis of the current state of further and higher education in England. It also sets out the compelling need for a fairer society which works for everyone, based on a strong economy in which businesses can be even more productive. It recognises the role that further education colleges must have in aligning the skills system with the needs of the economy, and in delivering high quality alternatives to traditional three-year residential bachelor’s degrees as well as enabling more adults to progress to intermediate skill levels.  It understands that employers and communities need more high quality technical and professional education and training, industry standard facilities, expert staff and the unique curriculum that colleges already provide.  It sees colleges as the key vehicle for the flexible, local delivery of national strategies, supporting industrial policy, productivity, skills development and genuine social equity.  It clearly acknowledges that all this requires real investment.


In many respects, the Augar Review represents a wider emerging consensus across England. We are sure that you will agree with us and other key stakeholders that further education colleges have been neglected, and that there is now a growing appreciation of their unique role, value and potential. What we now need are decisions and commitments:  with your political leadership, support and resolve, colleges will be able to build on what they already do to reach more employers and more adults and make the differences our economy and society need.


Our concern is that, having waited so long, the key weakness of the Augar Review might prove to be its timing.  It has emerged at a moment when its insights and proposals might easily be lost.  That is why we are urging you to make the investment in upskilling and reskilling the whole of the adult population in England a priority in your spending decisions this autumn, and to implement the Augar recommendations promptly.


We stand ready, individually and collectively to deliver; eager to meet the challenges and excited at the prospect of helping to achieve a fairer society and successful future for our nation.


The 203 Signatories:






Abingdon & Witney College Di Batchelor
Activate Learning Sally Dicketts
Ada National College for Digital Skills Mark Smith
Askham Bryan College Tim Whitaker
Birmingham Met College Cliff Hall
Barking and Dagenham College Yvonne Kelly
Barnet & Southgate College Darren Mephan
Barnsley College Yiannis Koursis
Basingstoke College of Technology Anthony Bravo
Bath College Laurel Penrose
Bedford College Ian Pryce
Berkshire College of Agriculture Gillian May
Bexhill College Karen Hucker
Bishop Auckland College Natalie Davison-Terranova
Bishop Burton College Bill Meredith
Blackburn College Fazal Dad
Blackpool and The Fylde College Bev Robinson
Bolton College Bill Webster
Boston College Jo Maher
Bournemouth and Poole College Diane Grannell
Bradford College Chris Webb
Bridgwater and Taunton College Andy Berry
Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College William Baldwin
Brockenhurst College Di Roberts
Brooklands College Christine Rickettes
Brooksby Melton College Dawn Whitemore
Buckinghamshire College Group Karen Mitchell
Burnley College Karen Buchanan
Burton & South Derbyshire College Dawn Ward
Bury College Charlie Deane
Buxton and Leek College Len Tildsley
Calderdale College John Rees
Cambridge Regional College Mark Robertson
Capel Manor College Malcolm Goodwin
Capital City College Group (WKCIC)

  • City & Islington College
  • College of Haringey, Enfield & N E London
  • Westminster Kingsway College
Roy O’Shaughnessy

Andy Forbes

Kurt Hintz (Interim Principal)

Kim Caplin

Carmel College Mike Hill
Central Bedfordshire College Ali Hadawi
Chelmsford College Andy Sparks
Cheshire College South & West Jasbir Dhesi
Chesterfield College Julie Richards
Chichester College Group Shelagh Legrave
Cirencester College Jim Grant
City College Norwich and Paston College Corrienne Peasgood
City College Plymouth Jackie Grubb
City Lit Mark Malcomson
City of Bristol College Richard Harris
City of Wolverhampton College Malcolm Cowgill
Colchester Institute Alison Andreas
College of West Anglia David Pomfret
Coventry College Gill Banks
Craven College Joanne Sherrington
Croydon College Caireen Mitchell
Darlington College Kate Roe
Derby College Group Mandi Stravino
Derwentside College Chris Todd
DN Colleges Group

  • Doncaster College
  • North Lindsey College
Anne Tyrrell

Kathryn Brentnall

Mick Lochran

Dudley College of Technology Lowell Williams
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College Karen Redhead
East Coast College Stuart Rimmer
East Durham College Suzanne Duncan
East Kent College Group Graham Razey
East Riding College Mike Welsh
East Surrey College Group Jayne Dickinson
East Sussex College Clive Cooke
Eastleigh College Jan Edrich
Easton & Otley College Jane Townsend
Exeter College John Laramy
Fareham College Andrew Kaye
Farnborough College of Technology Virginia Barrett
Fircroft College of Adult Education Mel Lenehan
Furness College Andrew Wren
Gateshead College Judith Doyle
Gloucestershire College Matthew Burgess
Grantham College Paul Deane
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College Nick Juba
Hadlow College Graham Morley
Halesowen College David Williams
Harlow College Group

  • Harlow College
  • Stansted Airport College
Karen Spencer



Hartlepool College Darren Hankey
Hartpury University and Hartpury College Russell Marchant
Havant & South Downs College Mike Gaston
Havering Sixth Form College Paul Wakeling
HCUC Group

  • Harrow College
  • Uxbridge College
Laraine Smith

Pat Carvalho


Heart of Worcestershire College Stuart Laverick
Hereward College Paul Cook
Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College Ian Peake
Hertford Regional College Tony Medhurst
Highbury College Portsmouth Stella Mbubaegbu
Holy Cross College Daveth Frost
Hopwood Hall College Julia Heap
Hugh Baird College Yana Williams
Hull College Michelle Swithenbank
Isle of Wight College Debbie Lavin
Itchen Sixth Form College Alex Scott
Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College Tony Day
Kendal College Kelvin Nash
Kensington & Chelsea College Andy Cole
King Edward V1 College Uly Lyons
Kingston Maurward College Luke Rake
Kirklees College Marie Gilluley
Lakes College Chris Nattress
Lancaster & Morecambe College Wes Johnson
Leeds City College Colin Booth
Leeds College of Building Derek Whitehead
Leicester College Verity Hancock
Lincoln College Group

  • Gainsborough College
  • Lincoln College
  • Newark College
Gary Headland




London South East College’s Group Sam Parrett OBE
Loughborough College John Doherty

  • The Manchester College
  • UCEN Manchester
John Thornhill

Lisa O’Loughlin

Michael Walsh

Macclesfield College Rachel Kay
Mid Kent College Simon Cook
Middlesborough College Zoe A Lewis
Milton Keynes College Julie Mills OBE
Moulton College Ann Turner
Myerscough College Alison Robinson
National College for High Speed Rail Clair Mowbray

  • Carlisle College
  • Kidderminster College
  • Lewisham College
  • Newcastle College
  • Newcastle Sixth Form College
  • Southwark College
  • West Lancashire College
Chris Payne

Grant Glendinning

Andy Dobson

Asfa Sohail

Tony Lewin

Gerard Garvey

Annette Cast

Denise Williamson

Nelson & Colne College Amanda Melton
New City College Gerry McDonald
New College Durham John Widdowson
New College Stamford Janet Meenaghan
New College Swindon Carole Kitching
Newbury College Iain Wolloff
Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group Karen Dobson
Newham College London Paul Stephen
NESCOT Frances Rutter
Northampton College Pat Brennan-Barrett
North Hertfordshire College Kit Davies
North Kent College David Gleed
North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College Marion Plant
Nottingham College John van de Laarschot
Oaklands College Zoe Hancock
Oldham College Alun Francis
Peterborough Regional College Rachel Nicholls
Petroc Diane Dimond
Plumpton College Jeremy Kerswell
Preston’s College Lis Smith
Reaseheath College Marcus Clinton
Richard Huish College John Abbott
Richmond & Hillcroft Adult & Community College Gabe Flint
Richmond Upon Thames College Robin Ghurbhurun
Riverside College, Halton Mary Murphy
RNN Group

  • Rotherham College and North Notts College
  • Dearne College
Jason Austin
Runshaw College Simon Partington
Salford City College Michael Sheehan
Sandwell College Graham Pennington
Scarborough TEC Ann Hardy
Selby College Phil Sayles
Shipley College Nav Chohan
Shrewsbury Colleges Group James Staniforth
Solihull College & University Centre John Callaghan
South and City College Birmingham Mike Hopkins
South Devon College Stephen Criddle
South Essex College Angela O’Donoghue
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Sara-Jane Watkins
South Staffordshire College Claire Boliver
South Thames College Group

  • South Thames College
  • Carshalton College
  • Kingston College
Peter Mayhew-Smith




Southampton City College Sarah Stannard
Southport College John Clarke
Sparsholt College Group

  • Andover College
Tim Jackson


SK Group

  • St Helens College
  • Knowsley College
Monica Box



Stanmore College Sarbdip Noonan
Stephenson College Nigel Leigh
Stockton Riverside College Group Phil Cook
Stoke on Trent College Denise Brown
Strode College Katy Quinn
Suffolk New College Viv Gillespie
Sunderland/Northumberland College Ellen Thinnesen
Swindon College Steve Wain
Tameside College Jackie Moores
Telford College Graham Guest
The City of Liverpool College Elaine Bowker
The College of Richard Collyer Sally Bromley
The Cornwall College Group Elaine McMahon
The Northern College Yultan Mellor
The Sheffield College Angela Foulkes
The TEC Partnership Group (formerly the Grimsby Institute Group)

  • Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
  • Scarborough TEC
Gill Alton

Debra Gray

Ann Hardy

The Windsor Forest Colleges Group

  • Langley College
  • Strode’s College
  • Windsor College
Kate Webb




Trafford College Group

  • Trafford College
  • Stockport College
Lesley Davies



Truro and Penwith College David Walrond
Tyne Coast College Dr Lyndsey Whiterod CBE
Unified Seevic and Palmers College Dan Pearson
United Colleges Group

  • City of Westminster College
  • College of North West London
Keith Cowell



Vison West Nottinghamshire College Andrew Cropley
Wakefield College Sam Wright
Walsall College Jatinder Sharma
Waltham Forest College Joy Kettyle
Warrington & Vale Royal College Nichola Newton
WCG/Warwickshire College Group Angela Joyce
WEA Ruth Spellman
West Herts College Gill Wogan
West Kent and Ashford College Graham Morley
Weston College Dr Paul Phillips CBE
West Suffolk College Nikos Savvas
Weymouth College Nigel Evans
West Thames College Tracy Aust
Wigan and Leigh College Anna Dawe
Wiltshire College & University Centre Amanda Burnside
Wirral Met College Sue Higginson
WMC – The Camden College Helen Hammond
Yeovil College John Evans
York College Lee Probert


Football Academy, Football Academy

Emily and Mollie become Activators


Womens Football Academy players Mollie Cavaciuti and Emily Petteford have become football activators for the College. This role is a football leadership position in Further Education that aims to give young people realistic experience of working in a football development role. As activators Mollie and Emily will develop employability skills whilst inspiring more young people (14-19) to take part in football.


The role has a focus on increasing participation and increasing student activity, with specific targets around the number of new female players. Mollie and Emily will also be involved in the college’s delivery of football coaching sessions out in the community to primary and secondary schools.


Bath College participating in Colleges Week 2018


What is Colleges Week?
Colleges Week is part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign. The week will see colleges across the country, including Bath College, along with education unions and students, hosting and getting involved in events to showcase the wonderful things they do and raise awareness of the funding challenges that colleges face. The week is focused around a national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October.


The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), UNISON, Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).


When does it take place?
Colleges Week runs from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018.


Why is it happening?
Alongside the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, Colleges Week aims to raise the profile of the FE sector and the 2.2 million people it educates and trains each year. Ultimately, it hopes to get better funding for the FE sector.


What you can do to help?
You can show your support for Colleges Week 2018 by helping to spread the word about the campaign by sharing / retweeting posts from our Facebook and Twitter social media sites using the hashtags #CollegesWeek and #LoveOurColleges. Stay in touch with our website and social media pages for further updates.


If have any questions about the campaign, please visit www.collegesweek.co.uk or email collegesweek@aoc.co.uk.


Executive Chefs’ Spring Lunch left Hospitality Students with a taste for fine dining


The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation held its first Executive Chefs’ Spring Lunch for sixty guests. The sell-out event showcasing four multi-award-winning Executive Chefs generated over £4,000 for the foundation incorporated to support young chefs coming into the hospitality industry. The event with Bath Audi as Headline Sponsor, took place at The Bath Priory and was attended by Bath College Hospitality students, who were impressed and inspired by the experience.


Michael Nizzero, Executive Chef of The Bath Priory hosted the event which saw three other guest Executive Chefs join him on the pass. Michael has been at The Bath Priory for two years but prior to his appointment at this beautiful hotel, he has worked with many industry greats including Michel and Alain Roux at the three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn and most recently The Ritz (London). The Spring Lunch saw him cook with three peers, each with a combination of Michelin stars, TV appearances and industry accreditations to raise money for The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation. Each chef expertly cooked one of four courses to showcase the best cooking that the Bath & Cotswolds area has to offer. The Executive chefs who took part were:


Michael Nizzero (The Bath Priory), Niall Keating (Whatley Manor), Hywel Jones (Lucknam Park) and Richard Davies (Calcot Manor).


Host Michael Nizzero said:

“The Spring Lunch was an amazing experience – it was a real privilege to work with such talented chefs from the Bath & Cotswolds area in our kitchen at The Bath Priory. Huge thanks to Bath College and Gloucestershire College for arranging for their top students to work with us in the kitchen – they were a real credit to their colleges.”


Paola Cassoti, General Manager at The Bath Priory added:

“We are very happy to host The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation’s Spring Lunch. It is great to see so many industry experts in one room and a really rewarding experience to support the next generation of hospitality professionals.”


A silent, sealed bid auction made up of luxury dinners and stays donated by the chefs taking part, with a Hallgarten Wines sponsored Magnum and 6 Vinoteque crystal glasses from Artis helped to boost monies raised making this a highly successful fundraising lunch. Sponsors including Walter Rose & Son, Flying Fish, Santa Maria, Dorset Sea Salt, Koppert Cress, French Garden, Premier Cheese, Clifton Coffee and Hallgarten Wines all donated ingredients driving down the food cost, making the most money possible for The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation. The chefs who took part in the lunch often give up their time to work with and mentor hospitality students at the Gloucestershire College via The Chefs’ Forum Academy and demos at Bath College enabling them to learn from the best.


Catherine Farinha gave a speech about the fabulous work The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation does in helping young chefs and hospitality professionals overcome problems with travel, relocation and equipment costs.


Catherine commented:

“The work we do is vital in offering support to young people entering the hospitality industry. From helping schools transport GCSE students to hospitality industry taster days, to paying for driving lessons or a first month’s rent, it is fund-raising Chefs’ Lunches like these that facilitate our offering help to the next generation, bridging the chef shortage.


At the lunch, hospitality and catering students from Gloucestershire and Bath Colleges got the opportunity to sample the best in Michelin-starred fine dining, most of them, for the very first time. All students who attended were chosen for outstanding performance on their hospitality courses.


Ryan Hanson, Deputy Head of Hospitality at Bath College concluded:

“Monday was a fantastic advert for collaborative and inspiring teaching and learning with industry. Our students had a fantastic chance to work alongside some of the South West’s top talent both in the kitchens and front of house and a lucky few even had the chance to sit down and savour the experience as guests. The meal and event itself were superb, no doubt leaving long lasting impressions with both our students and the professionals in the room who were in no doubt about the potential that is being developed at college.”


For more information on Hospitality & Catering courses at Bath College please see our course listings.



This Saturday at The Egg Theatre, Bath support Bath College students by going to see their production of [BLANK]

[BLANK] is a play about absence, about the disparate yet connected stories of the thousands of adults and children affected by the criminal justice system.


In this outstanding piece of new writing by Alice Birch, a challenge is presented to the company, who must create their own play from a selection of 100 non-linear scenes. Bath Theatre Academy first-year students will work as an ensemble to piece together a narrative from these vignettes. Their version of [BLANK] will be the result of an experiment in finding order in chaos, or exposing the messy reality of a system that fails to serve its most vulnerable members. [BLANK] offers a glimpse into the world of the children who are the invisible victims of crime.


For tickets and information visit https://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/blank/ or call The Egg Box Office on 01225 448844.


Bath College paving the way in Highways Sector


Bath College has met with local employers, contractors and a professional institute in the Highways sector to develop flexible training courses.


Representatives from Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Institute of Highway Engineers and Aggregate Industries met with College staff to discuss ways in which prospective students can be attracted to the sector and how best to develop the careers of those working in the sector.


Bath College is one of only a few F.E. colleges nationally which has been successful in securing financial backing from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to develop Higher Education Courses.


The FAR project, (Flexible & Accelerated Routes) centres on Computing and Civil Engineering HNC/D courses. Working with employers it will enable students to achieve in a shorter period of time as well as helping address local, regional and national skills shortages as identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.


Rosaleen Courtney, Contracts and Distance Learning Manager at Bath College says that “There is a skills shortage in the Highways sector and it is important that we develop routes for people to enter the sector and continue to develop their skills.”


“The Highways distance learning courses offered by Bath College are available online and will be updated in line with market needs, which is why it is so important to work cohesively with employers, contractors and the Institute.”


If you would like to find out more about the project, or would like any more information, please contact Simon Bracken, Higher Education Manager on 01225 328 627 or email simon.bracken@bathcollege.ac.uk



Bath College Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair huge success as 1,000 people attend


Over 1,000 people had the chance to network with employers at the Bath College Futures Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair on Wednesday at The Assembly Rooms.


There were 86 stands of prospective employers at the fair, which was attended by schools, young people, parents and members of the public. The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Ian Gilchrist, came to the event and spoke to College staff, local businesses and successful apprentices.


Event sponsors Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN), The Bath Building Society, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Hotel Indigo, Skills West, Dimensions and Gradwell all had stands at the fair and were interacting with potential apprentices in the Octagon. There were careers advisors from Bath College Futures team on hand to help with applications and CV’s and give advice on interviews.


Event organiser Lucy Beattie said: “The fair keeps growing year on year and we have lots of new employers joining us.”


“This year we had companies offering some really exciting apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 right up to degree level.”


“These include a customer service apprenticeship with The Bath Building Society, a healthcare apprenticeship with Dimensions and new opportunities with Hotel Indigo.”


A number of students went on to secure positions at local companies after the 2017 fair including Curo, Rotork, Wessex Water and Combe Grove Manor Hotel. Ben King, a Bath College student and apprentice at Bath Building Society says that “For me, an apprenticeship is better than going into a job from uni as I’m building my skillset now while I’m at College. I’m in a business environment, answering phones, working in an office, learning the skills on the job”.


Katherine Banks at Bath Building Society explained the importance of apprentices: “We really like to help people to grow. As they’re younger, we can develop their skills and mould them into what’s required.”


Wessex Water have four apprentices working for them, including Kuani Blow, who was studying Business at Bath College, he said that “I found hands on learning a beneficial approach for me, and I love doing the business apprenticeship at Wessex Water”.



For more information about apprenticeships, please visit our apprenticeships page, call us on (01225) 328687 or e-mail us at futures@bathcollege.ac.uk



College catering students prepare Winter Olympic Skeleton team for record Medal winning haul


Young chefs at Bath College had the chance to cook for some of our medal winning athletes, including gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold and bronze medallists Laura Deas and Dom Parsons whilst preparing for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.


The students, Jake Starnes and Dan Curtis, studying Catering and Hospitality, created a nutritional buffet for the British Skeleton team whilst the athletes and team were in holding camp prior to departing for the games.


They were supervised by Freddy Brown, an experienced performance nutritionist who helped the team put together their menu.


The Level 3 students served a buffet-style menu, allowing athletes to select proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables depending on their needs.


The menu included pulled beef with fajitas, butterfly chicken in burger buns with couscous and salads high in antioxidants.


Freddy Brown said, “Working together to turn my nutritional requirements into a practical menu, Dan and Jake managed to serve up dishes high in micronutrients to support the athletes, without taste being compromised, with the slow-cooked beef fajitas, lemon and thyme chicken, and various accompaniments all being ravenously received!”


Lizzy Yarnold, Dom Parsons, Laura Deas and Jerry Rice from the British Skeleton & British Bobsleigh Association (BBSA) team train at the University of Bath, home to the UK’s only bobsleigh and skeleton push-start track.


Their success at the games followed in the footsteps of previous Gold medallist, Amy Williams and topped the team’s best ever result.


Jake said, “it was a great opportunity to be able to cook the meals for the GB skeleton team before they went to the Olympics.”


Dan agreed; “I really enjoyed myself and it was a great learning experience. We got great feedback and were really pleased to get the opportunity.”


For more information about Bath College’s Catering and Hospitality courses please visit our course search or contact us on 01225 312 191 or info@bathcollege.ac.uk for advice.



Pictured are Jake Starnes, Freddy Brown and Dan Curtis with a signed shirt from the British Skeleton & British Bobsleigh Association (BBSA) team.



First Ofsted inspection for Bath College is Good in all areas


Staff and governors of Bath College are celebrating a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, following a merger and the appointment of a new Principal.


Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive at Bath College says, “the excellent Ofsted report is a credit to both the staff and students of Bath College.


“I am delighted that the inspectors have recognised the hard work and dedication of our Governors and staff, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the positive effect this has had on our student achievement rates.


“I am particularly proud of our learners, whose behaviour was recognised as being “excellent and respectful” with “attitudes [that] equip them well” for the world of work. There are so many positive comments in the report that it is difficult to highlight just a few.


“It is a report that everyone associated with the College can be proud of.”


The inspection was received positively by staff and students at the College who saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate the College’s strengths, particularly around employability where lecturers were described as having an ‘exceptional focus’.


The ‘Summary of key findings’ acknowledged that, “a high proportion of learners obtain employment in the area they have studied, or move on to higher levels of education and training, including apprenticeships and university. In addition, it was noted by Ofsted that Learners’ behaviour is excellent and respectful. They work well with college staff to create a culture that is warm and welcoming. Learners also receive good teaching and learning, and managers provide a diverse range of courses and apprenticeships for learners and employers.”


The inspectors were impressed with the “high-quality, industry-standard facilities” spread across both campuses and believe that the strong relationships with partners, stakeholders and local employers contribute very effectively to the development of courses and resources.


Chair of Governors, Carole Stott said, “we’re delighted that the inspectors’ report shows that BANES has a college to be proud of.


“Inspectors recognised that in successfully creating the new Bath College we have built strong partnerships with local businesses and the community and that our students are overwhelmingly successful in achieving their qualifications and getting employment.


“It’s really pleasing also to see the respectful, warm and welcoming atmosphere of the college was recognised.”


For the full report please download a copy or visit Ofsted’s website.



Care Academy Learn a Skills Day


Bath College Care Academy students enjoyed a Learn a Skills Day on 24th January, taking part in a broad range of workshops facilitated by visiting Health and Social Care Practitioners.


The aim of the day was for students to work with practitioners to participate in practical workshops to learn a new skill for the field of health and social care and to develop their skills and confidence.


The workshops were run by practitioners from the University of the West of England Nursing and Midwifery team, Action on Addiction, Way Ahead Care, The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Banes Youth Connect, Off the Record, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Care Home Liaison Team, Dorothy House Hospice Care, Sirona Care and Health, Dimensions and United Response.


Rebecca Scutt, Widening Participation Assistant at the Royal United Hospital, attended the event with the Medical Physics team who demonstrated how to use equipment, such as a spectrum analyser. Rebecca said that “it’s been great to meet the students and they were really interested in the activities.” She added that “this event gave students a unique opportunity to get an insight into health careers through interactive activities in a classroom setting.”

The workshops covered topics including, working with families experiencing addiction, youth culture, nursing, learning disabilities nursing, midwifery, emotional health and wellbeing, occupational therapy, dementia, creative and therapeutic activities within support work, the use of diagnostic equipment and the use of social media in supporting vulnerable people.


Monique Esson, a participating student said “the whole day gave us a sense of enthusiasm about possible future careers.”


Another student, Georgina Singer, summarising the day said “it was a good opportunity to meet experienced people who can give us an insight into what it’s really like to work in those settings.”


Megan Clifford, who took part in one of the nursing workshops said “It was helpful to learn how to take a pulse in case you’re ever in an emergency.”


Sally Wilson, Care Academy Coordinator, who organised the event said, “this was a wonderful opportunity for students to meet a wide range of practitioners and to learn more about the wonderful field of health and Social care.”


As well as helping with their employability skills, it has also inspired so many of our students, helping to inform their study programme here and their future career aspirations. We really appreciate the time and support so many practitioners have given for this event!


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