News from 2016 - 2017

  • Selby College First Team prepare to represent Yorkshire at the AOC National Championships

    Now in its 39th year, the Association of Colleges National Championships are a celebration of competitive sport in colleges, providing recognition, fun and an exciting opportunity for students to compete.

    Representatives from top-performing Selby College will join forces with 12 other colleges to form the Yorkshire and Humber team who are hoping to beat last year’s 6th place position.

    Students from Selby College first competed in the National Championships two years ago where the Women’s Volleyball Team narrowly missed out on a place in the finals despite a strong start.

    This year the Men’s Football team beat off fierce competition from Barnsley College and Wyke College to safely secure their position as league winners. The Team played 6 games in total, successfully winning 5 and drawing just 1. They also failed to concede a goal through the qualifying stages, eventually finishing 2-0 up in the final against Wilberforce College.

    The stand out individual performance came from Joel Hancox who put on an impressive show in the Boys’ Singles Tennis Tournament to gain the right to represent the region at the National Championships. Joel won the tournament beating Sheffield College in the final, only giving away one point in that match, and only giving away a total of 3 points throughout the whole competition.

    Both Joel Hancox and the Boys Football Team will now go on to represent Yorkshire and Humberside at the National Tournament in Nottingham over the weekend of 21-23 April.

    Greencore and GroundTech have helped Selby College by funding the new kit and helping to pay for accommodation whilst at the national championships. 

    Sports Development Officer, Ed Grady said of the local employers’ backing;

    “On behalf of the College I would like to thank Greencore and GroundTech for providing a new strip and also to Thornes who have kindly supported the College this season. Their considerable generosity is very gratefully received from both the staff and students at Selby College. ”


    Wednesday 22 Mar 2017

  • Aspiring Chef Gets Golden Ticket to the Semi-Final

    Josh Tolson, Level 1 Professional Cookery student at top-performing Selby College has narrowly missed out on a place in this year’s final of The Golden Apron.

    The best eight entrants were invited to compete in the semi-finals held at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School on the 5th March and asked to prepare and present a dish to a panel of judges from the school.

    The competition is a favourite amongst Hospitality and Catering students at Selby College with a number of students both past and present faring well in the competition. Organised by James Mackenzie, owner and chef at The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton and in collaboration with The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, the competition is open to young aspiring chefs living in the Yorkshire area aged between 14 and 19 years old and aims to promote the use of locally sourced produce.

    In a bid to impress the judges, Josh submitted a Yorkshire Dales lamb crown with rhubarb and rosemary crumble, creamy mashed potato, chargrilled lettuce and East Yorkshire pea puree. Each competitor was then asked to recreate a James McKenzie recipe of apple and rhubarb crumble with ginger custard to follow the main dish.

    Despite missing out on a place in the final and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored for a day and cook alongside James and his team for a gala dinner, which will see around 70 guests be welcomed to dine at The Pipe and Glass, James McKenzie was full of praise for each of the semi-finalists.

    James stated: “We saw so much creativity today – there’s some really great potential for the future of the industry here. At 14 or 15, I would never have been able to cook like these guy – so much talent!”

    To commend each of the competitors on coming so far in the competition they each received a commemorative apron and certificate for their achievements.

    Wednesday 22 Mar 2017

  • Selby College Chair of Governors Receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

    Vernon Wells, Chair of Governors at local top-performing Selby College, collected a prestigious award from HRH Prince Charles at the investiture held at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 16th March.

    Vernon was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE, in the Queens New Year’s Honours List and went to Buckingham Palace with his wife Anne and his two sons, Paul and Marc to collect the award.

    Vernon received the award in recognition for Services to Further Education, including his voluntary Chair of Governors role at Selby College, seeing its success grow to becoming one of the highest-performing colleges in the country and one of the first to be graded by OFSTED, Outstanding in all Areas. Vernon is also current Chair of the Association of Colleges, Yorkshire and Humber Region.

    Vernon said,” I very much appreciate the recognition this award brings. I am passionate about Further Education and have witnessed how it can change people’s lives, helping them strive for better things, increase their life chances and engage in more fulfilling jobs and careers.”

    Vernon added, “It has been a real privilege to work alongside such talented students and staff at Selby College; each must take some of the credit of this appointment.”

    Selby College Principal and Chief Executive, Allan Stewart OBE, congratulated Vernon, adding he is an outstanding Chair of Governors, who has led the Governing Body of Selby College now for more than 15 years. The award recognises Vernon’s passion, drive and determination, supporting the development of the college, the important work it undertakes and all that it achieves on behalf of the local community.”

    Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

  • Selby College Football Development Centre (FDC)

    Selby College Football Development Centre (FDC) gives a platform to those players who have previously been involved with professional clubs, as well as those who have yet to be given the opportunity to showcase their sporting talents. With links to local professional and semi-professional clubs, students will have the opportunity to play at the highest level.

    Training is incorporated into the study programme each week, with teams coached by level 3 coaches. Additionally, sports science support is provided alongside the pitch-based sessions. This includes technical, tactical and strength and conditioning coaching for all players. Massage and rehabilitation is also available to those involved in the FDC.

    The men’s first team are the current Yorkshire and Humberside champions and awaiting to represent the area at the National Championships in April. They currently play in the ECFA category 2 league. Whilst the second team play in the category 3 league.

    The women’s team play weekly fixtures in the ECFA Yorkshire and Humber league (West League) currently challenging for promotion. The squad are seeking new players to drive the team forward.

    Applicants to the Football Development Centre are also required to apply for a Sport course at Selby College. Applicants wishing to study A Level Sport & Physical Education may be able to access the programme dependent on timetabling.

    Current school leavers starting college in September should please contact Ed Grady 01757 211025 or Carla Cantrell at 01757 211025 for more information about the development programme.

    Friday 17 Mar 2017

  • College Construction Building Progress


    As part of National Apprenticeships Week celebrations, officials from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) were amongst a group of VIP guests invited to Selby College on Wednesday to receive a briefing on the progress of the almost £1.4m extension to its Aspiration Building, a specialist Construction trades training facility due to open in the spring.

    Local employers, District Councillors and apprentices attended the event which provided an update on the new extension and an introduction to the exciting range of construction courses to be offered by the top-performing college in future.

    Work began on the new purpose-built facility in November last year to plug the growing skills gap in the Construction industry by providing Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing and Electrical Installation courses.

    The new extension will add approximately 500sqm of floor space to the existing building, allowing the local college, already the Areas largest provider of Apprenticeship programmes, to continue to provide training to far greater numbers of young people and adults to meet the growing demand for skilled construction workers.

    As Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College said, ”I am delighted to confirm the new Aspiration Building extension is on target to be opened in Spring and will provide a purpose-built facility, enabling students recruited onto one of our growing range of Construction training programmes to be at the leading edge of getting jobs locally, regionally and nationally.”

    Allan added, since the college introduced construction training programmes, just a few years ago, the growth in student numbers has been phenomenal with over 270 full time learners and apprentices now participating in a broad range of subjects across all levels.”

    Roger Marsh, OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said “Creating more and better apprenticeships is a key element of our Employment Skills Plan and I’m delighted that our investment in Selby College is helping to do just that. Apprenticeships provide young people with a pathway to exciting career opportunities whilst also ensuring that businesses have access to the skills and talent that they need to grow. I’m thrilled that the new Aspiration Building extension is on track to open this year, providing further capacity to ensure the future needs of local businesses, individuals and the wider economy are met.”

    Selby College has received £0.7m investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal- a £1 billion package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

    Shona Wade from Wade Joinery Construction Services was impressed with the new Aspiration Building extension, saying, “The new training facility provides a great opportunity for local Construction companies, like ourselves. Our industry needs new people; skilled people and to have access to such a fantastic facility like this locally, ensures we are able to continue to upskill and train our employees and apprentices to meet our exacting standards.”


    Wednesday 8 Mar 2017

  • National Apprenticeship Week at Selby College

    As the areas largest provider of Apprenticeships, Selby College celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with a series of events aimed both at prospective Apprentices and employers including drop in sessions for current students and employers.

    Selby College Business Services staff also visited local schools and Selby Job Centre to promote the programme.

    As Julie Scott, Business Services Manager said, “Apprenticeships have always been a great way to learn particular skills on the job, whilst also enabling individuals to gain qualifications; earning a salary whilst they learn.”

    Julie added, “The Apprenticeship programme has seen some substantial changes, with people of any age being able to access the funded support regardless of their prior qualifications. Individuals can also now study a new or advanced subject related to their job role whilst earning a salary.”

    From April 2017, Apprenticeship funding is changing including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. The government is putting control of the funding directly in the hands of employers.

    The new reforms present fantastic opportunities for local businesses and the college is encouraging them to get in touch for a free consultation to see how taking on an apprentice could be an exciting new step for them. For more information about how Apprenticeships could benefit your business, please call Selby College Business Services Apprenticeship Team on Tel: 01757 211166.


    Please see below a full list of drop in sessions held at Selby College:

    Monday 6th March 12:00 – 14:00 Apprenticeships drop-in session in the refectory/ near the jobs board. Current students can come and ask any questions they have about apprenticeships, get help with applying etc.

    Tuesday 7th March 12:00 – 13:30 drop-in session at Selby High School for students to find out more about doing an apprenticeship when they leave school

    Tuesday 7th March 14:00 – 16:00 drop-in session at Selby Job Centre for local people to find out more about apprenticeships, what is available in the local area etc.

    Wednesday 8th March 08:30 – 10:30 Employer Breakfast ‘Apprenticeship Information Session’ for local employers current & prospective (tickets still available - free)

    Wednesday 8th March 12:00 – 14:00 drop-in session at Carleton High School nr Pontefract for students to find out more about doing an apprenticeship when they leave school

    Thursday 9th March 12:00 – 14:00 Employer Event ‘Apprenticeship Information Session’ for local employers current & prospective (tickets still available - free)


    Wednesday 8 Mar 2017

  • Local High School record debut musical at Selby College

    Enthusiastic students from Holy Family High School visited Selby College recently to record the vocals for their debut musical, which they produced over the summer.

    The musical, entitled ‘Red’ was written by a team of 7 year 10 students and is a dark and twisted take on the classic fairy-tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’

    Students from across all year groups sang, danced and acted their way through auditions for the production before wowing audiences with multiple show- stopping performances.

    To celebrate the hard work and dedication of the students, staff arranged for them to visit Selby College to record their vocals.

    As part of a live project, second year Music technology students recorded and produced the collection of songs, using the colleges purpose built recording studio and state-of-the-art equipment. The collaboration between Selby College and Holy Family High School will result in a full CD version being available to buy directly from the school before Christmas.

    Thursday 23 Feb 2017

  • Hospitality & Catering students raise £500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

    Hospitality and catering students at Selby College have presented a cheque for £500 to Yorkshire Cancer Research after raffling hampers filled with Christmas gifts.

    The fundraiser was organised as part of the charity’s ‘100 for £100’ campaign, which aims to get 100 student groups across Yorkshire raising £100 each.

    Always keen to surpass any goals set, the Selby College students smashed their target after collecting donations of gifts from other students and staff and selling tickets during lunchtime services and two Christmas Restaurant evening events.

    Angie Hobden, Guidance and Support Tutor at the college, said: “Yorkshire Cancer Research is a cause very close to our hearts. When we saw the 100 for a £100 campaign, we knew it was something we wanted to get involved in. We’re now looking forward to raising even more money during 2017 for this worthwhile charity."

    The team are now busy creating Easter hampers, which will include an Easter gift donated by the local Morrisons Selby store. The students will also hold a college ‘Bake Off’ challenge, when students and staff will have their baking creations judged by an independent panel. The entries will then be sold to again raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

    Selby College has supported Yorkshire Cancer Research since 2012, following the death of Catering student Scott Robinson. Scott sadly lost his battle with testicular cancer aged just 18 in 2010. Staff and students raised more than £20,000 for the charity by producing and selling their own recipe book, ‘All the Best from Yorkshire’, in Scott’s memory.

    Louise Robinson, Regional Fundraiser for North Yorkshire at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the support Selby College has given the charity over the last five years. The students always approach their fundraising with huge amount of enthusiasm and dedication and we know that whatever fundraising idea they come up with, they will put everything into it to make it a success. The money raised will help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer by raising awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promoting the national cancer screening programmes and supporting innovative research projects, from diagnosis to end of life care.”


    To support the Hospitality and Catering students at Selby College, please visit

    Thursday 23 Feb 2017

  • Selby College SU & Selby Council create New Youth Wellbeing Fund

    Selby District Council is teaming up with Selby College and Students’ Union to create a new Youth Wellbeing Fund.

    The Fund will offer small grants for local young people between the ages of 16 and 24 from within the Selby district to help them overcome challenges affecting their education and impacting on their mental wellbeing.

    Cllr Richard Musgrave, Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility for housing, leisure, health and culture, explained, “This new Fund to improve the mental health of young people in our community has grown from the work we carried out last year focussing on mental health issues.(“)At the workshops last year mental health provision and support for young people was raised as an issue again and again. Setting up this Fund is the direct result of those workshops and I’m proud to be able to say that we’re supporting something that will support young people in our district facing these issues.”

    Students can be referred to the Fund from within the education system, for example by their tutors. Young students will also be invited to become trustees of the Fund for a year – something that provides vital additional experience and skills.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College commented, “We’re ambitious about what we can achieve with the Wellbeing Fund. We are aiming to raise £1,000 to kick-start this project. In the longer term discussions are already taking place about a possible live music fundraising event which will help students gain valuable experience of event planning as well as fundraising.

    The Fund will offer small grants of up to £100 to help students who need support to overcome challenges affecting their education – this could be buying equipment so a student can join a local sports club or to access a counselling service.

    Allan added, “The Fund will help students stay in education and realise their individual potential. A secondary role for it will be to raise awareness of mental health issues for young people.”

    A Just Giving page has been set up for the Wellbeing Fund: 

    Monday 20 Feb 2017

  • Selby College Sixth Form Courses Provided In Goole


    Selby College is to provide Sixth Form courses at Goole Academy as from September in a new partnership agreement that will see existing learners at the Boothferry Road campus able to continue their studies in Goole, whilst also benefitting from a full range of pastoral care, careers advice and other forms of learning support delivered by staff from both organisations.

    The top-performing local college has a history of recruiting learners from Goole and the surrounding area, with over 40 per cent of learners travelling to Selby to study the wide range of courses offered at the Abbot’s Road campus, but this new arrangement offers greater benefits for learners.

    As Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College said, The partnership ensures young people at Goole Academy gain from the wide range of support offered to students in Selby whilst at the same time offering the opportunity to progress after completing their studies at Goole Academy into higher level further and higher education courses and Apprenticeships offered here in Selby.

    Allan added, “We have worked closely with colleagues at Goole Academy and believe this joint approach benefits everyone.”

    New Principal at Goole Academy, Rob Allsop, said the ‘exciting’ link up with Ofsted-rated outstanding college meant another step forward in its Sixth Form provision, adding, “Many 16 year olds from the area choose to study at Selby College already and this partnership will benefit all of our students.”

    Rob added, “Selby College has a reputation as one of the country’s top-performing colleges, recently achieving No1 position in Yorkshire and No2 position in England in a report that used Government data to compare Further Education colleges.”

    Initially two BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care and Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness will be offered at Goole Academy with Selby College’s dedicated team of teaching and support staff working alongside Goole Academy colleagues to provide support to learners, but it is hoped this range will expand providing a range of exciting choices for young people to study on site.

    Thursday 2 Feb 2017

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