News from 2008-2009

  • Spotlight Shines on Carlton Towers Catwalk

    The 18th-century Gothic-style stately home near Goole provided a majestic backdrop to the event which saw students from the top performing North Yorkshire college's Fashion, Art and Design courses showcase their creations.


    Year 1 Fashion students indulged the audience's sweet tooth with a trip to the candy shop in their end of year group project Tutti Fruitti, inspired by a range of themes from Manga characters to Harlequin Clowns; while Year 2 students celebrated the college's 25th anniversary with a look at what fashion will be like in 25 years time in their collection 2034 Future Fashion.

    Each Year 2 student also showcased their own individual final collections with themes ranging from mental health and dandy highwaymen to the 1960s mod era and the seven deadly sins. Plus, BTEC First Diploma Art and Design students designed a range of aprons based on an interpretation of an existing artist's influence. Year 1 National Diploma Art and Design students used old communist posters to create a sandwich board collection featuring new slogans reflecting the modern world, while their Year 2 counterparts used crumpled up newspapers as the inspiration for Yesterday's News, a collection of dresses sculpted on to a dress stand using staples, split pins paper and white cotton.

    The event also featured a number of guest collections including wedding attire and glamorous evening dresses from main sponsors Posh Froxx and Kiss Bridal Wear of Brook Street, Selby; a selection of day wear outfits and GCSE coursework from Year 10 and 11 students at Brayton College; designer hats and fascinators from Jane Ann Hats; and a collection of 1920s-inspired silk chiffon dresses and wool coats from former Selby College Fashion Student Sarah Dean.

    Organisers Mary Goldthorpe and Kiku Jackson, Lecturers in Fashion, described the event as "a resounding success" saying "the Fashion Show is the highlight of our academic year. The students work hard all year to put together the collections for this event and it's great to see them being so well received and to see so many fresh faces in the crowd."

    If you missed the Fashion Show but would like to see a taster of what was on offer, or would just like to see more work from Selby College students; the Art, Design and Media Department is hosting a free exhibition on Thursday 18th June where second year 'A' Level Art and BTEC National Diplomas in Fine Art and Textiles, Fashion and Clothing and Graphic Design will exhibit their final projects.

    Friday 21 Aug 2009

  • England Footballer Supports Student Games

    Around 60 full time students from across the curriculum took part in a range of activities from an assault course to a taste test and a general knowledge quiz and were cheered on by Leeds and England footballer, Sue Smith.

    The 29 year old from Prescott, Merseyside who is perhaps as well known for her crazy hairstyles and TV appearances as she is her football was impressed by all the competitors. She said; "it's great to see so many people taking part in the fun and games and more importantly; enjoying themselves."


    She added; "after school, those who weren't too good at sports tend to avoid it at college which is why it's important that further education institutes take steps to get more people involved. And, as the Selby College Student Games have proven that doesn't just mean the physical aspects of sport it also means team work and organisation, well done to everyone who took part."

    Games organiser and Selby College Sport Development Officer Gary Hazlehurst described the event as a huge success, saying "as it was the first time we've run this event we weren't too sure how well it would be received but I'm really pleased with the turnout."

    He continued; "the day itself was planned and organised by a number of our sports students without who it would just not have been possible. They devised the tasks, kept scores and supervised all the activities while also studying for exams and trying to complete the last pieces of their coursework, so I have to thank them for their hard work, but also a massive thank you to everyone who took part."

    The overall winners of the games, which will now become an annual event, were the Social Sciences team led by Drama Tutor Rebecca Francis who said; "we're delighted to have won, it just goes to show that anyone can take part in sport and that it doesn't just have to be about traditional games like football, cricket or tennis. We're looking forward to defending our title next year."

    Friday 21 Aug 2009

  • College Celebrates Redevelopment Milestone

    The £27 million project is being supported with funding from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) as part of the Government's Building Colleges for the Future programme.


    Principal Allan Stewart, OBE, said: "We are celebrating a significant milestone in the history of Selby College and what better time to do it than in our 25th anniversary year"

    He continued: "I know Selby College is very lucky to be in the position it is today and I am deeply appreciative of the funding provided for this facility by the LSC and for the consideration BAM, our main contractor, has shown when planning work around our day to day operations. However, I would also like to thank local firms Faber Maunsell, Turner & Townsend and Lloyds TSB as well as the local community without whom none of this would have been possible."

    The striking three-storey glass-fronted building, designed by Leeds-based architects Atkins, will provide new teaching and recreational facilities including a state-of-the-art sports hall and gym, Spa, hair and beauty salons, refectory, restaurant, Coffee Bar and student social spaces as well as college administration.
    The new facilities will also allow Selby College to expand its current curriculum to offer more advanced training e.g. a Foundation Degree in Spa Management, something not currently widely available in the immediate area.

    The construction project is the biggest the college has ever undertaken and marks Phase 3 of a £35m redevelopment programme on the Abbot's Road site. Phase 1, the Academy building was completed in September 2004 with Phase 2, the Renaissance building opening less than two years later in March 2006. It is expected that the Jubilee Building will be ready to welcome its first students early next year with work on the entire site being competed by the end of 2010.

    Friday 21 Aug 2009

  • Selby College Achieves Huge 'A' Level Passes


    Since the college first opened in 1984, exam results have shot up dramatically each year and 2009 is no exception with the college achieving a 100% pass rate in 18 'A' Level subjects and cementing its place in the top ten percent of Further Education Colleges nationally.

    Principal, Allan Stewart OBE, praised the efforts of all those involved in the 'A' Level programme saying; "Results Day at Selby College is a day when we celebrate the achievements and hard work of both our students and our staff. I am therefore thrilled once again to report how successful Selby College students have been, achieving an overall 98.7% A Level pass rate; they have excelled themselves individually and can be justly proud of the grades they have achieved."

    Allan added; "Selby College's consistently high exam pass rates are a key reason why we have seen student applications rise dramatically. As competition for university places increases, more students will be looking to top performing colleges, like Selby College, to help them achieve the high grades they will need to succeed."

    A sentiment echoed by Chair of Governors, Vernon Wells, who said; "Governors are delighted to celebrate the success of our students and to congratulate each and every one of them. We were particularly pleased to see the number of students achieving A-C grades had risen by 5% over the previous year."

    Vernon continued; "As this is Selby College's 25th anniversary year, we would also like to take the opportunity to thank the Principal and all of the staff at the college, who work tirelessly to ensure the students reach such high standards of achievements, ensuring also Selby College maintains its position as One of England's Top Performing Colleges."

    Some of this year's top 'A' Level students at the award-winning college were:

    Thomas Green, from Selby, the top-performing Selby College student achieved an impressive four 'A' grades in Business Studies, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. Thomas, who will now go on to study Physics at Warwick University, put his achievement down to hard work and lots of support he said; "I've really enjoyed my time at Selby College, it's been tough at times but the tutors have been great and I'm just glad I didn't let them down."


    Luke Parry, from Eastrington, achieved a complete set of four 'A' grades in Computing, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. Luke, who is currently travelling around Europe and hopes to return to study Mathematical Engineering at Warwick University said; "I chose Selby College because I knew it had a reputation for achieving good exam results and I wanted to get a head start for university. Thanks to the help and support I received from the staff at Selby College I'm now one step nearer to my degree."

    Sally Medley, from Howden, achieved 'A' grades in English Literature, English Language and two 'B' grades in History and Law. Sally said; "Selby College is a great place to learn, everyone's so friendly and the tutors are really helpful, I couldn't have achieved these grades without them." Sally will now go on to study History at Exeter University.

    Bethany Hartshorne, from Hemingbrough, achieved grade A's in English Language and Literature and Sociology, a 'C' grade in Biology and a further 'A' grade in her 'AS' Level Psychology. Bethany who now plans to take a year out before starting an English degree at Loughborough University next year said; "Waiting for my 'A' Level results has been so nerve wracking. I'm really pleased with my results, I couldn't have done with out help of the tutors at Selby College, I'm so thankful for their support."

    It wasn't just 'A' Level students who excelled in this year's exams, 'AS' Level students recorded a 5% increase on last year with more students than ever achieving the top A-C grades.


    Some of this year's top 'AS' Level achievers were:
    Luke Swithenbank, from Selby, achieved an outstanding five grade A's in Biology, Chemistry, French, History and Mathematics.

    Elizabeth Middleton, from Selby, achieved four grade A's in English Literature, German, History and Mathematics.

    Robert Lees, from Cliffe, achieved four grade A's in Accounting, Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics

    And Hannah Roddie, from Selby, took the first steps toward following in her brother Sam's footsteps after achieving straight A's in he AS Level Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Mathematics. Sam achieved straight A's in his 'A' Levels last year and is currently studying Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University.

    Friday 21 Aug 2009

  • Governing Selby College An Even More Critical Role in a Recession

    A key role at Selby College, one of England's top performing colleges, is that of College Governor. Governors are essentially a group of unpaid volunteers who are committed to public service and feel so strongly about the importance of education and training that they volunteer to give up their free time to help develop the college.

    Recruited from the public and private sector, each Governor brings with them significant expertise in one or more areas of management which helps them determine the educational character of the college and ensures both its well being and financial solvency. Selby College Governors do this by keeping a close eye on the use of college finances, land, buildings and other assets. Accordingly, the Board of Governors, in discussion with the senior management team, determine the future direction and oversee the management of what has become the top performing further education college in Yorkshire and the Humber.


    One such Governor is David Kellett, Head of Quality, at Tunstall Healthcare (UK) Ltd, based in Whitley.  David, from Hambleton near Selby, decided to become a Governor at Selby College for three very different reasons. Firstly he has three children who have attended Selby College, including a daughter who is currently studying 'A' Levels there. As a manager at a local employer he is keen to represent the training needs of the local economy and, having studied at the college himself he is in a position to appreciate the views of the college's direct customers; the students.

    David is one of a body of 16 Governors, which includes Selby College staff, students, local employers and public authorities providing the organisation with a rich mix of experience and views. As David said; "the role of college Governor isn't for the feint hearted. It requires someone who is keen to learn about the organisation, its environment and the many factors that influence how it works. To be a Governor you need a determination to ensure the college continues to thrive and use all your experience, knowledge, skills and strategic leadership to help influence the organisation's future development."

    David added; "whilst it is hard work, it is also incredibly rewarding. Whether you are involved in the college's £35m campus redevelopment, decisions on the range of programmes or overseeing college finances to make sure they are used effectively and efficiently, there is nothing more rewarding than to see that your contribution has made a difference; making the college the world- beating organisation that it has become today. "
    Janet Smales, Clerk to the Board of Governors, said "we are actively seeking 'expressions of interest' from people who live or work in and around the Selby area who wish to be considered for membership."  To help you decide whether it's for you, we have set out a checklist of some of the skills and qualities which make an effective board member:

    • Commitment to further education and lifelong learning
    • Ability to think independently
    • Confidence to challenge other members and/or senior managers
    • Good communication skills
    • Leadership skills
    • Ability to solve problems creatively
    • Involvement in voluntary or community organisations
    • Specialist experience e.g. Finance, Estates, Personnel
    • Understanding of top level management in a large commercial or public service organisation

    If you feel equipped to contribute or would like an informal chat to enable you to find out more about board membership, please contact Janet by telephone: 01757 211023; email: or in writing.

    Friday 21 Aug 2009

  • Exhibition Showcases Budding Artists Work


    This year's show included an eclectic mix of items that have impacted upon modern living, everything from a zoetrope to a Mod inspired collection of vinyl records, a video installation and a series of fabric sterling notes. Plus, there was another chance not only to see some of the designs paraded on the catwalk at this year's Fashion Show, but to see the processes involved in their creation.

    Art and Design Subject Area Manager Paul Belshaw said; "over the years, as student numbers have increased so has the size of the exhibition. This year was one of the largest and most varied the college has hosted."

    He continued; "for some this was the first time their work had been displayed in public, for others it was the final time it would be displayed at Selby College before they go on to university, either way it was a real pleasure to see the pride they exuded as visitors stopped and looked at their work."


    One of those visitors was Laura Greenwood (16) of Knottingley who, as a potential new Fashion student, had travelled to the college with her mum Angela to get a closer look at the Fashion designs. She commented; "I'm amazed by the standard of work on display, I've always been interested in sewing and wanted to attend Selby College because I know it has a good reputation but the work is so good; I just hope I can do it now."

    Mum Angela was also very impressed with the exhibition saying; "I think the work is absolutely fabulous, I just want to try everything on and I'm even thinking about enrolling on the part-time hat making course myself."

    For more information about any of the Art, Design or Media course on offer at Selby College ring Student Services on 01757 211040.

    Wednesday 19 Aug 2009

  • Apprentices Lend a Hand to Care Home Residents

    The students, who are all aged between 14 and 16 and are enrolled on the college's Young Apprenticeship in Construction, are using some of their time with the top performing North Yorkshire college to breathe new life into the home which cares for adults with a range of disabilities.

    Manager Gary Holman said: "It's been a number of years since the home was last decorated and some areas are now looking very tired and shabby so we're very grateful to Selby College and the students for agreeing to help us out."


    He added: "It's a huge project; we currently have 25 bedrooms plus communal and public areas, but it'll be great to see it when it's finished and hopefully to attract some new faces. We currently have six residents but we're hoping when the work's complete that will increase. The students are doing a first class job, I'm very pleased with the standard of their work and their attitude, it's a real pleasure having them around."

    Young Apprenticeships are partnership agreements between schools, colleges, training providers and employers that see youngsters at Key Stage 4 studying for industry-specific qualifications. They usually start in year 10 and continue to the end of year 11 with apprentices spending up to two days per week in the workplace with an employer, training provider or college. After completion students can move on to a post-16 Apprenticeship programme, enter the workplace or even continue onto further education.

    The Lifestyles project is expected to keep Selby College Young Apprentices busy for at least another year with students redecorating all the residents' rooms, communal and visitor areas. So far they have stripped, primed and painted the main reception area and the main residents' lounge and are currently working on updating the bedrooms.

    Subject Leader for Construction  Lee Bogg said: "This is a huge project, but I'm very proud of all the students for the way they've conducted themselves, every single one of them has risen to the challenge and it's nice to see them all taking such pride in their work."


    He continued: "There's been a lot of talk recently about the construction industry being in decline and while it's true that some areas have undoubtedly suffered as a result of the recession it's important to remember that others have prospered. Construction training continues to thrive and as a result Selby College has seen increased interest in all courses from plastering to brickwork and joinery, all skills which will be in high demand in the future. "

    For more information about any of the course on offer at Selby College call 01757 211040 or for information about Lifestyles Care Home contact Gary Holman at

    Wednesday 19 Aug 2009

  • College Hosts Eurofest

    The modern languages and enterprise event saw pupils from Barlby High School, Brayton College, Holy Family RC High School, Selby High School, Sherburn High School and The Snaith School, take part in a simulated trade fair to promote the active use of foreign languages in a realistic business environment.

    Pupils designed and created a range of stalls; some of which sold an array of products from masquerade ball masks to travel accessories, while others offered vital Tourist Information to visitors who were only able to speak to them in their designated language; French or German.


    The visitors were played by students from York University, Selby College staff and students who judged teams according to their ability to communicate in their chosen language, whether it was selling a product or offering directions to the local supermarket.

    Pupils also got the opportunity to take part in a number of language workshops and look around the Abbot's Road site before the winners, Brayton College who took four out of the five categories and Holy Family who took home the prize for Overall Winning School, were presented with a selection of prizes including certificates, plaques and teddy bears in an awards ceremony hosted by Selby College Principal Allan Stewart and Cllr Chilvers.


    Closing the event both Allan and Cllr Chilvers praised the "enthusiasm" of the pupils and their language skills saying they had all shown "great confidence and knowledge in their chosen fields" before thanking the organisers of the event which was run in conjunction with NYBEP, the Selby Language Forum, Routes into Languages Yorkshire and the Humber, Hull University, Novotel Leeds and the Regional Languages Network.

    Wednesday 19 Aug 2009

  • College Students Raise Money for Sick Children


    The event, organised by students John Cutting and Adam Chappell to assist with ICT development in which they have just successfully completed Level 2, saw a number of teams from across the college take part in the outdoor tournament to raise money for the WellChild charity; and of course lift the coveted e2e trophy.

    WellChild is the national charity for sick children and helps youngsters and their families throughout the UK with serious illnesses and complex health conditions.

    John said; "we both took part in the Comic Relief football tournament and really enjoyed it, so we just wanted to organise our own version to raise money for WellChild."

    Adam added; "we never really expected so many people to turn up but everyone had a really good time and played well; we're very pleased with the way it went."


    Team USA were the eventual winners of the tournament which together with a raffle and the sale of WellChild inflatable batons and rubber bracelets raised more than £220 for the charity.

    Tuesday 23 Jun 2009

  • Selby College Students Showcase Skills

    Art students were given the theme Transcription and produced an original artwork using a variety of materials.

    Beauty Therapy competitors created masks out of stage make-up in response to the theme of Masquerade, while Hairdressing students created hair designs inspired by the theme of Fantasy.

    Business competitors were given a brief to produce a promotional plan to increase the number of staff and students using the Selby College Refectory. The competitors had a week to collect data and research the project and were given a budget of £500 to work with. Competitors were judged on the perceived effectiveness of the plan, the quality of the promotional activity, their general business understanding and their explanation of the plan.

    The Four Seasons Restaurant played host to a BBC Ready Steady Cook style competition. Competitors were given a basket of ingredients from which they had to produce two portions of a main course and two portions of a dessert. They were judged on their workmanship and creativity.


    Fashion competitors were given a length of material and had access to a range of basic tools and a dress stand and had to produce an original moulage (the process of working directly onto the dress stand) in response to the theme Statuesque.

    There were also a number of curriculum areas who took part in the competition for the first time this year they were: Brickwork, where students built a decorative brick wall; Plastering which challenged students to use fibrous plaster to create a diamond shape panel mould; Entry to Employment (E2E) whose students created a jigsaw representing areas of society that are traditionally stereotyped; Engineering where students made and launched a plastic bottle rocket, Sport & Public Services which held a mini sports day, and Health & Social Care whose students designed a Sensory Garden for youngsters.

    The events were judged by some of local industry's key players including, Scott Hanson from Hobart who provided each student with a set of Chef Whites and also presented a special trophy for endeavour in catering to Jake Wood; and Paul Nicholson from BAM who provided winners with a range of extra prizes from trowels and spirit levels to tool bags. College governors also played a large part in selecting the winners.

    The award winning college also welcomed John Grogan MP as guest speaker and presenter. Other important guests such as Mayor of Selby, Steve Shaw-Wright were also in attendance.

    Principal, Allan Stewart congratulated all the competitors for their outstanding work and thanked them for their enthusiasm. He also thanked the judges and the Selby College Corporation Members for sparing their time and for sharing their expertise.


    John Grogan said how delighted he was to be invited to the event and described the college as "one of Selby's success stories". He added: "It's been truly inspiring going around all the competitions. I was amazed to learn that it was first years in the main taking part in the competition today, the standard was incredible I just couldn't believe it"

    He continued: "I would like to think, just as I'd like to think in 2012 there will be someone from Selby in one of the events at the Olympics, it would be nice to think there would be someone representing this country form Selby College in the Skills Olympics in 2011."

    Tuesday 23 Jun 2009

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