Oldham College shortlisted for ‘College of the Year’ at 2020 Tes FE awards

OLDHAM College is among the outstanding individuals and institutions shortlisted for the 2020 Tes FE Awards.

It has been shortlisted for the prestigious national FE College of the Year award, which seeks to reward the colleges whose imagination, commitment and hard work have led to stellar provision in all areas.

Judges asked for evidence of excellence in providing a high-quality curriculum with excellent student outcomes, reflected in strong recruitment and success rates in 2018-19.

Alun Francis (second left) Chief Executive and Principal of Oldham College, celebrating Oldham College’s shortlisting for the TES FE Awards 2020 ‘College of the Year’ with Fashion students

Oldham College has already won national awards in the past year for its special needs support and its programme for training teachers, as well as achieving positive inspection results for both its further and higher education provision.

Alun Francis, Oldham College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “It’s an honour for Oldham College to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards, especially in the College of the Year category.

“We’re emerging in our best educational and economic position for many years after a significant improvement journey driven by the hard work of our governors, leaders and our extremely talented and committed staff.

“We’ve innovated in our teaching and learning, and enjoyed year-on-year improvements leading to our best-ever results, plus growing recruitment numbers.

“Ofsted confirmed our resurgence last year but we’re not standing still and are working hard to deliver our comprehensive new five-year strategic plan, which includes fantastic programmes to develop our specialist curriculum offer in state-of-the-art new facilities.

“Oldham College now has a clear purpose and plan to capitalise on its growing position to make vital future contributions to national and local economic and educational outcomes – and to provide significant benefits to our local communities.

“We aim to be the best place to learn and work – and the best is yet to come!”

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop.

“Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries.  To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

The TES FE Awards winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 20 March, 2020.

To see the full list of who is in the running, visit tesfeawards.co.uk

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