News from 2017-2018

  • E-learning at Selby College - Digital Technologies Network Event


    Selby College is proud to be part of the University of Hull Federation of Regional Colleges for Engagement (FORCE), a regional network whose aim is to help schools and educational professionals support learners to achieve their potential through raising aspirations and increasing participation in Further Education and Higher Education.

    An offshoot of the partnership is the Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning Network (and Augmented Realities), which was formed to help support the enhancement of teaching and learning across the 11 Further and Higher Education partner institutions across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

    The network’s annual ‘Digital Spring’ event returns this month, with a programme of development events to inspire and engage teachers in both FE and HE. All of the 2018 events will be scheduled as live events and broadcast through webinars.

    Gabriel Horgan, Lecturer in Sports Studies at Selby College is presenting a seminar at 4pm on Friday 9th March titled ‘Whose e-learning is it anyway?’, which takes a look at decentralising the role of the teaching with regards to e-learning and allowing the students to use e-learning technologies for themselves.

    Each of the partner institutions are committed to supporting their teaching staff and students in exploring and developing new teaching methods through the use of mobile technologies, with the network itself acting as a central hub for activities including enterprise, grant applications and research.

    Gabriel said: “I’ve been exploring the use of e-learning in my own practice for at least six years and continue to be involved in staff training across the college. This interest in e-learning has seen me pick up some excellent applications and I attempt to use them in my lessons.

    He added, “In the last few years it occurred to me that by placing the students in control of the e-learning it actually increased their ICT skills, understanding and engagement. This has been the focus of the work with the University of Hull.”

    Other regional institutions such as Doncaster College, Grimsby Institute, East Riding College and Bishop Burton College are focusing on the use of Google Hangouts in Teaching, Using OneNote Class Notebook, How to Use E-learning to Engage Learners and Using Infographics in Teaching as part of the ‘Digital Spring’ event.

    For more information about the network and upcoming events, please check out or follow @digitechnet on Twitter.




    Wednesday 7 Mar 2018

  • MP backs Selby student’s Charity Readathon


    An ambitious A Level student from top-performing Selby College has recently returned to her studies after a two-year-long battle with anorexia, and now she hopes to make a change not only at college but in the local community.

    Former Holy Family student Georgie Morrison was admitted to hospital at a critical weight in January 2017, but was able to return to college last September and restart her A Levels. Now that she has been signed off from all medical services, the 17-year-old wants to give something back to the community that helped her through such a difficult time.

    As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week from 26th February – 4th March 2018, Georgie is hosting a week-long sponsored Readathon at Selby College, and all staff and students can take part. Georgie said, “I decided to organise my 'Readathon' fundraising event as reading is one of my favourite things to do. Due to my illness, my concentration suffered immensely and I found I could not read anything and retain anything I read, and this upset me deeply. Reading has always been a passion of mine and it is one of the main reasons I chose to recover.”

    During one of his recent visits to the college, Georgie grabbed the opportunity to ask Selby & Ainsty MP Nigel Adams for his support with not only her fundraising event, but also for help with raising awareness of the disease in the local community.

    Nigel said: “I’m delighted to support Georgie’s Readathon which will raise funds for a great cause. Georgie is an incredibly brave young woman who has battled and beaten a serious condition which affects so many young people. She now wants to help others with eating disorders and I know her story will be a great support to many. Her friends and family should be so proud of what she is doing.”

    The English Literature student is encouraging anyone who picks up a book during this time to donate any amount of money to this worthy cause, which she believes helped to save her life. She added, “I hope you can all get involved and help to raise money for the charity Beat to raise awareness of this nasty illness and help keep this fantastic support system up and running. What I’ve been through has brought out the best in me. I am so much more confident now and really eager to make a change.”

    To sponsor Georgie, visit

    Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.

    Thursday 22 Feb 2018

  • Selby College Volunteer celebrates 20 years’ service

    There was cause for celebration at top-performing Selby College on Thursday 8th February, as Simon Harris, a volunteer member of staff in the college’s Refectory, was awarded his bronze certificate for 20 years’ service.

    College staff alongside members of Simon’s family gathered in the Refectory to watch him receive his award, presented by college Principal and Chief Executive Allan Stewart OBE. Allan thanked Simon for his long and meritorious service, praising him for his consistent service with a smile and willingness to help the team.

    Simon began volunteering for Selby College in 1998 when he was just 18-years-old, and has continued to provide excellent service to the Catering team ever since. He is now the team’s longest serving member of staff. Bev Welsh, Catering Manager said, “Simon is always willing to take on any task that I ask of him and has a friendly attitude towards both staff and students. Simon has become more than a volunteer, he is a very valued member of the team and we really miss him on Fridays when he isn’t here!”

    Simon added, “I was very surprised and pleased to receive this award. I love working at Selby College and getting the chance to speak to different people every day.”

    Tuesday 13 Feb 2018

  • Staynor Hall Primary hit the high notes at Selby College

    Children from a Selby primary school have had a taste of working in the music industry thanks to a collaborative project with Selby College.

    Twenty-two children from Staynor Hall Primary Academy spent a day with the Music department at Selby College, recording and editing their own CD. The Year 4 and 5 children chose their favourite songs to feature on the CD, from a recent performance at the Young Voices event which they took part in at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield.

    Jacqui Schofield, Year 4 teacher at Staynor Hall said “The children have had an incredible day and learned so much about recording and editing music. They all had a fabulous time at Young Voices, so having the chance to sing the songs again in a real music studio and produce their own CD is very exciting! We’re very grateful to Nick Garside and the team at Selby College for giving us this great opportunity.  

    “The children are hoping to sell the CDs in future, with any proceeds going towards music development at the school.”

    Selby College Music Lecturer, Nick Garside, who spent the day with the children added “The students sang really well, they were like professionals! You wouldn’t believe that it was their first time in a recording studio, we all had a great day.”

    Staynor Hall Primary Academy has an ongoing and developing relationship with Selby College. Work to date has included a collaborative project between the college’s Art students and the primary children, resulting in artwork which will be displayed in the school library. Some of the Staynor pupils have also worked on a photography project, using the college’s photography equipment.

    Staynor Hall Primary Academy is part of the Ebor Academy Trust which comprises 15 schools in York, Selby, the Yorkshire Coast and in the East Riding and the Humber.

    Monday 5 Feb 2018

  • Selby student celebrates offer from Cambridge

    A bright A Level student from top-performing Selby College is celebrating this week after discovering that he has been offered a place to study at one of the UK’s most prestigious institutions, the University of Cambridge.

    Former Brayton Academy student Oliver Seaman is set to embark upon a three-year degree programme in Mathematics, joining the university’s Corpus Christi College from October.

    The 17-year-old, who is currently studying A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics at Selby College, attended an interview at the university back in December, where a panel of staff posed a number of perplexing mathematical questions and judged Oliver on his ability to explain how he would tackle each problem based on both his existing knowledge and innate problem-solving ability!

    Thanks to mock interviews and exam preparation arranged by his college lecturers and application advice from his Guidance and Support Tutor at college, Oliver was able to remain calm under the pressure at his interview and says he enjoyed the process although it felt surreal.

    Oliver said, “I’m really looking forward to studying at Cambridge! The interviews were intense but I think I went into them with the right approach and was just myself. The mock interview I did with one of my Maths lecturers and the videos I watched definitely helped to prepare me for what to expect.”

    Sam Hunter, Lecturer in Mathematics at Selby College said, “Oliver has an innate affinity for Mathematics. He is also naturally inquisitive, always trying to describe the world around him mathematically. I am so pleased that Oliver is being considered for a place at the University of Cambridge; I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a chance to put their highly skilled mathematical brain to the challenge!” Sam added: “I have no doubt that he will relish his future challenges there, and thoroughly enjoy studying such a rich and rewarding subject at the same time. Congratulations to Oliver!”

    Principal and Chief Executive Allan Stewart OBE said, “We are thrilled to see another Oxbridge success story at Selby College. We wish Oliver the best of luck with the final few months of his studies, and look forward to celebrating with him on Results Day in August.”

    Oliver is still unsure about his future career plans, but aims to grab every opportunity that university life offers him, and is excited to see the employment prospects that will arise after completing his studies.

    Wednesday 31 Jan 2018

  • BBC Radio York interview Sport students as part of Selby District Vision initiative

    Over a year ago, Joanne Reader from charity Selby District Vision was looking for a venue to hold Vision-Fit seated exercise sessions with instructor Jo Sparks. When she approached Selby College and its Sports Development Officer, Ed Grady, the perfect partnership was formed!

    Monthly classes for the visually impaired members of the group organised by Selby District Vision have taken place at the college ever since, with our BTEC Level 2 and 3 Sport students supporting additional elements in the sessions and taking part in them, as well as helping the members with their mobility and chatting to them after the sessions when they have a drink in the college Coffee Shop.

    On Tuesday 28th November, Jonathan Cowap from BBC Radio York attended one of the classes held at Selby College and was really impressed by what he saw. The presenter interviewed Ed, our students Jess Culip and Ryan Silman, members of Selby District Vision and Vision Fit’s fantastic leader Jo Sparks for a special extended feature on his morning show on the 30th November.

    The partnership is a brilliant opportunity for the students to socialise and work with people of all ages in the local community and run a session as part of the volunteering element of their Sports Leaders course. The sessions are a lot of fun for everyone involved and not only provide members with an opportunity for some exercise but also help to reduce isolation, which for some is a key reason for getting involved.

    Speaking of the sessions, Ed said: "The classes provide a great real-life experience of coaching for our students and it really takes them out of their comfort zone. At the first session they were quiet and nervous, and a bit hesitant to get involved, but now they are the first to come to me to see if they can get involved, which is great to see!”

    Two of the ladies that take part in the session, Veronica and Margaret, said, “The students are just brilliant and the class caters for all abilities”. They added: “We have never done anything like this before but we really enjoy it, to be trying something new at our age is fantastic.”

    They went on to say how the exercise group has encouraged some of them to also come to the charity’s weekly social groups and coffee mornings and for anyone who has sadly lost their partner and now lives alone or relies on public transport they provide a great support network.

    The society, which first formed back in the early 1960s, is committed to helping people experiencing sight loss, within the Selby District. There are around 2,000 people living with sight loss in the area today. The charity is dedicated to reaching those individuals, assisting and supporting them however they can.

    The college and charity are looking to increase their links in the future and work with students in other departments, so watch this space!

    You can hear Jonathan speak to Ed Grady and our students Jess and Ryan in the broadcast in the link below:


    Thursday 18 Jan 2018

  • Selby College awarded ‘Good’ status in Ofsted inspection

    Following an inspection in December 2017, a further education and skills inspection report has today been published which awards the top-performing North Yorkshire college the status of ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness.

    Ofsted graded the college as ‘Good’ across all seven areas; Effectiveness of leadership & management; Quality of teaching, learning and assessment; Personal development, behaviour & welfare; Outcomes for learners; 16-19 study programmes; Adult learning programmes and Apprenticeships.

    The college was particularly praised for the good personal and work-related skills for apprentices and learners, which prepare them well for their future careers. Also highlighted is the ‘very effective’ nature of the 16-19 study programmes in preparing learners for their next steps, with ‘the very large majority of learners’ progressing to further learning, employment or Apprenticeships.

    The college has also been recognised for establishing ‘highly successful’ partnerships with local and regional employers, the local authority and local enterprise partnerships, stating ‘leaders and managers plan effective programmes that equip learners with the skills required to find work’ which in turn ‘reflects local and regional economic priorities’.

    The leadership of the college was described as creating ‘a positive culture and ethos of tolerance and respect’ which is reflected in the polite nature and ‘good behaviour’ of the learners in all areas of the college and at work. The report goes on to state that learners and apprentices are ‘well motivated and take pride in their work’ as well as ‘developing self-confidence and improved communication skills’ as a result of the participation in learning.

    Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive, welcomed the many positives about teachers and students in the report saying: “It was a very thorough inspection with eight inspectors over four days looking at the full range of the college’s work. We were encouraged by the very positive feedback on the work we undertake with our students who appreciate the comprehensive support that they receive and the fact that the resources and accommodation are excellent and reflect industry standards well. We were also very pleased that the impact of the college in preparing learners well for their future careers, was recognised, confirming that a very large majority of students progress successfully onto the next stage of their careers.”

    In November 2017, the publication FE Week, using DfE data, placed Selby College as the 17th highest performing college overall (of 202) and in 4th position for the 16-18 Positive Progression League Table.  The college achieved second place for Adults into Employment.

    Note to Editors:

    The college achieved another milestone in 2017, a Silver Award, following publication of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its expanding and highly regarded Higher Education course provision.

    There are approximately 1,400 16-19 year olds and 2,500 adult learners. In 2016/17, 222 of our learners were studying for Higher Education qualifications (HNC/Ds, Foundation degrees, full degrees, Cert Ed/PGCE) and 883 learners on Apprenticeship programmes.

    Thursday 18 Jan 2018

  • Springboard FutureChef North Yorkshire Final held at Selby College

    Pictured: From top left Tim Bateman, Executive Chef at Park Inn York and Saurabh Prabhakar, Executive Chef at Hilton York, Nat Keatphanon (14) and Will Garnett (13) from Vale of York Academy, Poppy Allan (14) and Sophie Hemson (14) from Harrogate Grammar School, with Selby College's Lead Lecturer in Catering & Hospitality, Adrian Dawes and Food & Beverage Lecturer/Restaurant Manager Sam Grimmer.

    Four young, aspiring chefs in Year 9 and 10 at Harrogate Grammar School and Vale of York Academy competed in FutureChef 2018 at the college on Wednesday 10th January. The skills competition directly relates to the national curriculum and aims to tackle the severe skills shortage facing the hospitality sector by inspiring 12-16 year olds to develop their cooking skills and understanding of nutrition.

    Springboard’s FutureChef features a four-stage national competition, annually involving over 8,000 participants. It also includes classroom resources, chef demonstrations and skills challenges, and forms a link between schools and hospitality employers.

    Nat Keatphanon, aged 14, from the Vale of York Academy was announced as the winner of the North Yorkshire Regional Final of the competition. Nat served an unusual and difficult menu of Thai lamb shank with spaghetti and radish followed by a delicious Thai dumpling dessert and will compete for a place in the final at Sheffield College on 31st January.

    Nat said, “Wow, I’m very happy to have won and I’m really looking forward to the Regional Final”.

    Saurabh Prabhakar, Executive Chef at Hilton York said, “It was a hard decision to make as standards were so high today, but Nat’s dishes were a good combination and balance of flavours and textures. There was some great talent today.”

    Tim Bateman, Executive Chef at Park Inn York added, “The standard was so high there were only a few points difference between all of the competitors and all of the food produced today has been done so well by some very talented young people.”

    Springboard Regional Manager Kerry Mabbley said: “Springboard’s FutureChef was developed as a result of research into young people’s ideas about the hospitality industry. Research revealed that young people really admire high-profile celebrity chefs, yet surprisingly few genuinely consider a career as a chef! Springboard’s FutureChef provides teachers and young people with a wonderful insight into the wealth of career opportunities that the hospitality sector has to offer.”

    The youngsters were supported by students from the college’s Hospitality & Catering Department. Well done to everyone involved for yet again running a successful and enjoyable event!

    The competition will culminate on 12th March 2018, with the National Final taking place at Westminster Kingsway College in London.

    Tuesday 16 Jan 2018

  • HND students hold debut exhibition

    Eight HND Art & Design students from top-performing Selby College are set to hold their first professional exhibition at Selby Abbey to display photography and other digital artwork from their course.

    Following a successful partnership with Selby Arts Festival back in July, three of the students will be showcasing their collections from the event, where they worked as Official Event Photographers.

    The photographs by Abby Clark, Eloise Livsey and Grace Priddy cover a range of the festival’s shows and events, including gigs from Patch and the Giant, Seth Lakeman and celebrity comedian Ed Byrne, as well as a selection of street performances.

    Also set to be featured is work by two Selby College learners from a recent 1920s themed charity event which took place at Riccall Regen Centre in September for local children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.

    Eloise Livesy said, “It is a great opportunity for us, as we have been allowed to freely plan and organise our very own exhibition from start to finish, and to be able to do this in such a beautiful venue in our local area is fantastic. Our work is personal to each of us and also features events that we have taken part in as freelance photographers, so it is a great way to get our work out there and help push our creative careers.”

    Abby Clark said, “Being part of an exhibition in somewhere as magnificent as Selby Abbey has been a fantastic experience! It has allowed me to gain an understanding of what is incorporated in the organisation of a big event. It is also great to see a range of audiences showing interest in my work - the appreciation of my work, from both clients and the general public really does make it all worthwhile!”

    Fellow student Sarah Freer added, “Exhibiting at Selby Abbey allows us to express our passion of art to the local community. We all celebrate different styles of photography and enjoy working together to produce something that shares all of our concepts and ideas.”

    The students’ collections will be on display at Selby Abbey from 16th – 26th January, 9am-4pm, and entry is free for everyone.

    Friday 12 Jan 2018

  • Sport Student Proves ‘This Girl Can’

    Selby College’s Sport Department are proud to announce Level 3 student Jessica Cullip as their Ambassador for the nationwide ‘This Girl Can’ programme, in conjunction with AoC Sport.

    ‘This Girl Can’ is a celebration of active women who are ‘doing their thing’ no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets. Funded by The National Lottery and developed by Sport England, the programme aims to help participants overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in with sport.

    The former Brayton Academy student, who won ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ back in May at the college’s annual Sports Awards, was handpicked from applicants across the country. Her success meant she was sent to Darlington to receive specialised training on both engaging with female participants and successful advertising strategies for the sessions at college.

    Ed Grady, Sports Development Officer said: “Unfortunately, across the country there is a growing trend for girls who were involved in competitive sports teams and exercise before leaving school to give up once they progress into further education. We know Jess will do a great job in motivating her peers and show that it is possible to be actively involved and balance part-time work and study commitments.”

    Jessica will be working with the Sports Department in the New Year to get more students out on the field or back in the gym!


    Thursday 4 Jan 2018

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