News from 2009-2010

  • College Hosts European Language Competition

    The modern languages and enterprise event, which last year won a prestigious European Award for Languages, saw pupils from Barlby High School, Brayton College, 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 food and drink to brightly coloured jewellery, while others offered vital Tourist Information to visitors who were only able to speak to them in their chosen language; French or German.

    The visitors were played by students from York University, local business people and 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 college's new state-of-the-art Jubilee Building before the award ceremony got underway, with a number of different awards being given. However, the accolade of Overall Winning School went to Brayton College.

    The awards were handed out by Selby College Principal Allan Stewart, OBE, and Cllr Mark Crane, Leader of Selby District Council.

    Closing the event Cllr Crane who said he had "thoroughly enjoyed the event" praised the "enthusiasm" of the pupils and told them "as we move forward language is going to become increasingly important and to have at least one other language under your belt is going to be invaluable."

    He continued by thanking the organisers of the event which was run in conjunction with NYBEP, the Selby Modern Languages Forum, Routes into Languages Yorkshire and the Humber, Hull University, Novotel Leeds and the Regional Languages Network, and Selby College for hosting it.

    Wednesday 30 Jun 2010

  • Budding 'Brickie' Scoops Regional Skills Honour

    A budding bricklayer from top-performing Selby College is celebrating after his work was honoured in the Yorkshire heat of the SkillBuild 2010 competition.

    Despite being one of only two Level 1 students in the contest,
    17-year-old Aaron Leaper, from Riccall, beat off tough competition from other more experienced learners from across the Yorkshire and Humber area to scoop third place in the bricklaying regional heats of Britain's largest construction skills competition at Leeds College of Building.


    Aaron said; "I was a little nervous when we first arrived and saw how many people were taking part, but once we got started I just focused on what I had to do and was ok."

    Around 40 full time students and apprentices from 16 different colleges took part in the bricklaying contest, the highest scoring heat in the country, that saw competitors each having to produce a complex brickwork model.

    Aaron added; "When my name was called for third place I was in total shock and even more so when they announced that our heat had been the highest scoring out of all the 15 other heats held nationally."

    However, following Aaron's success at the college's own skills competition earlier in the year, tutor Gavin Grimbley wasn't surprised to see Aaron place in the regional competition he said; "When I first met Aaron he lacked a little self belief but through his hard work and determination he has made great progress. He is a great student to teach, always asking questions and striving for greater results culminating in him achieving a distinction grade in his Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying."

    He continued; "This achievement, against some of the best from other colleges in our area, shows the level and quality of the work students are attaining here at Selby College and places us firmly on the map of colleges delivering quality construction courses."

    Aaron must now wait to see whether he has qualified as one of the top scoring runners up for a place in the three-day final in Wales, starting on September 8.

    Wednesday 30 Jun 2010

  • Engineering Students on the Right Track

    Around 30 Engineering students and six staff members made the journey from the Abbot's Road site to Ginetta's purpose built factory in Garforth where they were given a tour of the facilities and saw first hand the process involved in creating a world class motorsports vehicle, from the initial concept and design work right through the construction of the chassis and the assembly of the bodywork.


    NVQ Level 2 Engineering student Jamie Brace said; "It was brilliant! I really enjoyed looking at the cars and seeing how a proper race car is built. I'd never really heard of Ginetta before but now I'll be looking out for their cars whenever I see racing on the TV."

    Subject Area Manager Ian Muir said; "It was great to see the students taking such an interest in the company, I have to admit I hadn't realised the extent of the operation in Garforth, I think it has been a real eye opener for all of us, but hopefully one which the students will remember for many years to come and one which may actually influence the career path some of them take."

    Ginetta is Britain's fastest growing sports car manufacturer, running three highly successful one-make championships in the UK, and fielding winning models in GT and LMP races in Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Dubai, Singapore, China and USA. With more than 50 years history in the British motorsport industry there's little wonder British F1 icon Nigel Mansell chose Ginetta to make his return to top level racing at Le Mans. In June 2010, Nigel Mansell will race a Ginetta-Zytek V8 GZ09S at Le Mans.

    Tuesday 22 Jun 2010

  • College Boosts Student Adventure Bid

    The agreement, which will see the college and the Students' Union contribute £350 each to the cause, sees 17-year-old Sarah Singleton from Gilberdyke, move tantalisingly close to her £3,000 fundraising target.


    The 'A' Level student, who will be joined on her mammoth 5975m climb by 17 other adventurers from across the UK, was chosen from more than 1,000 applicants to take part in the trek which she describes as "a dream come true".

    She said; "the selection process was really tough, we were tested on everything from our fitness and teamwork to our own thoughts on why we were suitable for the trip. I still can't believe I was one of the lucky ones, I guess that's why I'm so determined to raise the money and take up my place. I'm so grateful to the college both for their financial help and their continued support."

    Deputy Principal, David Sykes said; "We are really proud of Sarah, she's a real asset to the college and has shown a level of maturity well beyond her years in working several jobs on top of her studies in order to fund the trip. I wish her well in adventure and look forward to hearing about her experiences upon her return."

    The trek leaves the UK on July 24th and will see Sarah travel through Delhi, Kalka and Kafoo, delivering much needed basic supplies such as pens and paper, before starting her ascent through deprived, isolated village and settlements en-route to the summit.

    Tuesday 22 Jun 2010

  • College Officially Opens £20m Jubilee Building


    A host of invited dignitaries, College Governors and representatives from both the funding agencies and firms involved in the construction of the new building, attended the ceremony which saw Media student and North Yorkshire Police Community Idol winner Aimee Barratt, perform her version of the Michael Jackson hit Come Together ahead of the unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion.

    The event provided an opportunity for the guests to see the new building, which first opened to students in January, at work and to tour its state-of-the-art facilities before sampling a traditional cream tea prepared by Catering and Hospitality students.


    Harry said; "it is a great honour to be here today and I'm delighted to be involved in the official opening of such a wonderful building. As you walk around the campus you get a real sense of the pride people have in Selby College and it's great to be able to see one of education's success stories first hand. Ultimately some of that success must be attributed to the staff and I'm sure that the new Jubilee Building is only the start of much bigger things to come; this is where it all begins."

    A thought which was very much at the heart of the creation of the new Jubilee Building as Principal Allan Stewart, OBE explained; "since 2002 the Board of Governors has taken a series of momentous decisions to progressively redevelop the campus, so that staff and students could enjoy the facilities they deserved, fit for the 21st century."


    He continued; "Phase 3, the final stage, has been the most ambitious, costing £27m of the total £35m. The project has been a tremendous success, being completed both on time and on budget." He added; "The outcome - the magnificent Jubilee Building has exceeded our initial vision and created a landmark building for the Selby District."

    The new Jubilee Building boasts modern Science Labs, state-of-the-art Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salons, a Spa and new Sports Hall alongside more classrooms, office space, a Shop, Coffee Shop and Refectory.

    Tuesday 22 Jun 2010

  • Young Fashion Designers Take to the Catwalk


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

    This year saw Year 1 Fashion students give the shirt a modern day makeover in Getting Shirty; while Year 2 students took inspiration from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to create a fresh look for the office.

    Each Year 2 student also showcased their own individual final collections with themes ranging from former Selby High student Hannah Dalby's opulent selection of Marie-Antoinette inspired garments and ex-Snaith School pupil Hollie Cobb's portfolio of dresses inspired by a day at the races, to former Brayton College students, Lauren Littlewood and Faye Hindle who presented an insight into London Fashion Week and a look back at the hidden glamour of the 1980s, respectively.


    Other contributors included Sarah Mitchell and Charlotte Hayhoe, both former Campsmount Technology College students who presented collections inspired by the Orient and Geek Chic and former Goole High pupil Sarah Nunn whose collection was influenced by all things Western.

    Plus, BTEC First Diploma Art and Design students designed a range of masks and capes based around a carnival theme. Year 1 National Diploma Art and Design students used the work of other artists to inspire their own ideas for t-shirts reflecting the message "I am art", while Year 2 National Diploma Fine Art and Textiles students created a series of garments inspired by paper cuts.

    The event, which this year was sponsored by Poskitt Painters Ltd and C. Dawson Butchers, also featured a selection of A-Line skirts and GCSE coursework from Year 10 and 11 students at Brayton College.


    Organisers Mary Goldthorpe and Kiku Jackson, Lecturers in Fashion, described the event (now in its 11th year) as "the best so far" saying; "the students have all worked incredibly hard to put together the collections for this event and it's great to see them being so well received. Selby College has produced many successful fashion students who are now working in the industry all over the world and no doubt in a few years time these students will be joining them."

    In addition to the catwalk creations, a charity raffle raised more than £200 for Martin House Hospice and CLIC Sargent. Prizes included; four tickets to a Leeds Carnegie home game next season, two tickets to Hull City v Dundee United next Month, a signed Leeds Rhinos jersey and ball, a signed York City jersey and ball, a number of prizes from Boots in Selby, a Nokia mobile phone courtesy of O2 in Selby and two beautiful floral displays which were kindly donated by Petiole Flowers of Brayton and specially created for the Fashion Show.

    Tuesday 22 Jun 2010

  • Students Lay Foundations to the Future

    The students, Ryan Willis, Andrew Arundell, Strafford Risebury and Aaron Leaper were invited to join builders BAM, who were recently awarded silver in the Considerate Constructors Awards, on the latest phase of the college redevelopment as part of a continued drive to create local employment opportunities.


    The initiative was the brain child of BAM site manager Bryan Mangham who was so impressed with the students' work during Selby College's recent skills competitions that he offered the three best students the opportunity to join Apprentice Ryan on site for a two week work placement. Bryan said; "It's been a real pleasure having the students on site. Ryan has been with us now for more than a year working towards his Apprenticeship in Construction, but it's great to be able to extend that hands on experience to other students too."

    He continued; "There has been a real lapse in the number of tradesmen since the abolition of the YTS programme, so I'm just pleased that BAM is able to give these students a good start and I hope to meet them in the future on other projects in and around the Selby area."

    The students have risen to the challenge, making the most of every second on site and soaking up the advice and knowledge of highly-skilled bricklayers. Strafford Risebury said; "I have really enjoyed the whole experience and I've learnt a lot of new things, not only about bricklaying but about the whole construction cycle."

    Subject Leader for Construction Lee Bogg said he was very "proud" of the students; "after three years hard work and plenty of careful and considerate planning, we are on the verge of moving into a state-of-the-art construction block which can only bode well for the future of Construction provision at Selby College."

    He added; "I am very grateful to BAM for allowing these learners on site. It can be difficult to find construction placements in the current economic climate, but looking ahead this experience will be invaluable to the students when the industry picks up. And, of course if there are any other companies in the area - no matter how small - who would be willing to take a student on a work placement we'd be delighted to hear from them; after all any experience is good experience!."

    Monday 10 May 2010

  • Prospective MPs Face Tough Questions in College Debate

    Around 50 students and staff turned out to take part in the lunchtime debate hosted by the college's Teacher Governor Alan Brown, and put prospective MPs Jan Marshall (Lab), Nigel Adams (Con) and Darren Haley (UKIP) to the test.


    The trio faced a number of questions from the gathered audience. Topics raised in the debate covered a wide range of issues, including why it was key young people vote, the environment, Europe and immigration. Perhaps the most contentious of issues proved to be about who each party would be prepared to work with in the event of a hung parliament, with Conservative candidate Nigel Adams refusing to be drawn on the matter, Darren Haley (UKIP) favouring a system of national governance and Labour's Jan Marshall declaring they had worked with the Liberal Democrats before and would be prepared to do it again.

    Speaking after the event first time voter Oliver Dickinson said; "I thought the debate was very interesting and made the policies more relevant. It has definitely clarified a few things and helped me make up my mind who I will be voting for on May 6th.

    The local candidate for the Liberal Democrats was also invited to take part in the debate, but unfortunately could not attend.

    Monday 10 May 2010

  • MP Experiences Life as a Selby College Apprentice

    The 'back to the floor' initiative devised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) in support of National Apprenticeship Week 2010; saw John Grogan MP roll up his sleeves to tackle life as an Apprentice in the engineering industry.


    The unique experience gave John the opportunity to visit Yorkshire Heavy Engineering in Sherburn in Elmet as he shadowed 25-year-old Selby College Apprentice Scott Smith, currently in his third year of a technical Apprenticeship in Fabrication Engineering working towards a Level 3 NVQ.

    John Grogan MP, said: "National Apprenticeship Week has been a great opportunity to see young people in their place of work and the dedication they put into their training to give their career the best possible start.

    "Apprenticeships play an important role in strengthening a young person's skills and future prospects, whilst giving businesses the edge to succeed in the upturn. I am sure the expanding range of subjects an Apprenticeship can be taken in will encourage more people to consider becoming an Apprentice."

    Nick Wilson, regional director of the NAS, said: "We are delighted that John has taken part in Apprenticeship Week through the 'back to the floor' activity. We hope that he gained a lot from the experience and learnt more about what being an apprentice involves. MPs are getting a taste of Apprenticeships across a number of sectors and industries, showing the breadth of job roles on offer."

    In total, seven MPs across Yorkshire shadowed Apprentices working in their constituencies; from those working in hospitality, childcare and horticulture to others in engineering, market research and hairdressing.

    For more information on Apprenticeships, log on to or phone 08000 150 600.

    Wednesday 24 Mar 2010

  • PM Praises Selby College's Success

    Allan, who described the day and its surroundings as "impressive", was one of only eight Principals to be selected to meet with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.


    He said: "I was delighted to be singled out to meet the Prime Minister, I am enormously proud of Selby College and what we have achieved over the years and it was a real honour to represent the college at such a significant event."

    Gordon Brown said: "These colleges are among the very best and most improving in the country and I am hugely impressed by their commitment to helping people get the skills, the training, and inspiration to achieve their full potential."

    He continued: "Colleges are at the heart of their communities, helping people through the recession and key to the UK's economic recovery. Training the next generation of engineers, scientists, teachers and designers, they are developing the skills we need to prosper in the decades ahead."

    Association of Colleges Chief Executive Martin Doel, said: "Colleges are widely recognised as having been the success story of education over the past five years, with the colleges attending the Prime Minister's reception being model examples of this improvement.  It is good to see their success and the work of their staff and students being celebrated by the PM."

    Wednesday 24 Mar 2010

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