News from 2010-2011

  • Selby Student Gains Cambridge University Place

    Selby Student Secures Cambridge University Place

    Dan, from Selby, gained four of the sought after A* star grades in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, as well as an A in German. Dan, who will now go on to study Medicine said; "I'm just so pleased to have achieved the grades needed to get into my chosen course at Cambridge University. I will be the first person in my immediate family to go on to university, so it's doubly exciting for me, but I have to admit I couldn't have done it without the help and support of all my tutors at Selby College."

    He added; "The majority of students don't take on five A2 Levels in their second year, I knew it would be hard work, but it was my decision and I'm just so grateful to all the staff at the college for believing in me. I can't wait to get to university now and take the next step towards achieving my dream career in medicine."

    Vicky Pang from Selby was one of the top-performing female 'A' Level students and achieved two A* grades in Accounting and Mathematics, an A in Business and a B in Applied ICT. Vicky, who is now going to study Accountancy and Finance at Leeds University said; "I chose Selby College because it is close to home and because it has a reputation for exam results that is second to none."

    Gillian Smith from Bubwith, who was the joint top-perfoming female student alongside Vicky, gained two A* grades in English Language and English Literature, Sociology and a B in History. Gillian said; "I'm very happy, this means everything to me and that all my hard work, often revising 8 hours a day and right through the Christmas holidays has paid off." Gillian will now go on to study English Language and Literature at Lancaster University and hopes to complete her PhD before one day becoming a further education teacher.

    Other students gaining fantastic grades include; Zac Smith from Brayton who achieved three A Grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and has now gained a place at Sheffield University to study Physics and Astro-Physics. Zac said; "I thoroughly enjoyed doing my 'A' Levels at Selby College, it's a great place to study, the teachers are really helpful and the new campus is absolutely fabulous." 

    Amber Leckenby from Goole who gained three 'A' Level A grades in Sociology, Biology, English Language and Literature and an A grade in AS Level Chemistry, is now going to study Biological Science at Liverpool University with a view to working Medical Research in the future. Amber said "Selby College is tops, I'd like to thank everyone for helping me to gain the grades I needed."

    Students Celebrate Successful 'A' Level Results

    Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal said; "I am delighted for all of our students who have again made the college proud by achieving another set of fantastic results. Selby College is very focused on helping students achieve the grades they need to progress to university or into a career of their choice."

    Allan added; "This year, for those gaining three 'A' Levels, the average pass rate is 99.1% which is very impressive when you take into consideration the college 'A' Level population has grown due to our exceptional reputation for helping students gain the grades needed. The students, the college teaching and support staff have all shown a real determination and dedication throughout the two years of study. At Selby College we are always incredibly proud that our students leave us not only with strong examination results, but with the skills and tenacity they need to succeed at University, at work and beyond."

    Thursday 18 Aug 2011

  • Selby College Student in League of his Own

    Selby College Student in a League of his Own

    Jamie Baxter, who only started playing at the age of 12, was chosen from more than 50 hopefuls following a tough two round selection process earlier this year.

    The 18-year-old from Knottingley, described the break as a great opportunity saying, " it opens up more rugby careers for me and also looks good from other people's view for future employment in P.E teaching or coaching."

    Jamie now hope to use this experience to build on his skills with a view to one day playing in the York Knights' first or reserve team.

    Monday 8 Aug 2011

  • Name Quest Brings US Visitors to College

    Name Quest Brings US Visitors to College

    Richard Selby and his children, 21-year-old Paige and 20-year-old Colfax, embraced the sights and sounds of Selby, including the town's top-performing college, on a recent trip to the UK to uncover the truth about a long held belief that the family originally hailed from the former mining town.

    Richard said, "My understanding is that the family came from England and emigrated to the US somewhere between 1500 and 1760, so it would be logical to assume that Selby played some part."

    During their brief stay the family also visited Selby Abbey and trawled the archives of the library in search of their ancestors. 

    Richard described the area as "lovely" saying, "it's a very pretty part of the country, and Selby College seems like a very energetic place to study with lots of great educational opportunities for young adults."

    The family will now spend some time enjoying the London landmarks before heading back to California.

    Thursday 4 Aug 2011

  • Student Design Boosts Jobs Fair

    Student Logo Helps Boost Jobs Fair

    Nigel approached the college for help just before the end of term because he said; "I knew there was a lot of talent in the Art and Design department at the college, however I was overwhelmed by the quality of designs put forward."

    All eight of those designs were created by Emma Thompson of Thorpe Willoughby, who was approached by her Art and Design tutor at the college and asked if she'd like to try and design a logo for the job fair. Naturally the 17 year old jumped at the chance saying; "I was really pleased to be asked to get involved as it was the first live brief we'd been given and because of the fast turnaround it was more like working in the industry."

    The Jobs Fair, which will be held at the town's Abbey Leisure Centre on September 21st 2011, is being organised by Nigel, himself a Selby man, and Jobcentre Plus, in an attempt to try and bring more business to the town.  During his election campaign Nigel, who is very proud of his Yorkshire roots, pledged to try and encourage more firms to invest in Selby and the fair hopes to attract a number of employees who will offer help, advice and possible jobs to those seeking employment in Selby and the surrounding areas.  In addition, Renovo, a company specialising in employment related services, will also be present to run a number of workshops on interview techniques, writing a good CV and how to make the internet work for you.

    Monday 25 Jul 2011

  • Archbishop Blesses New College Campus

    Archbishop Blesses New College Campus The Archbishop had originally been meant
     to perform the ritual at the Official Opening
     Ceremony in June, but unfortunately had 
     to cancel due to ill health.  Now on the
     road to recovery he said he was 
     "delighted" to attend the college to bless 
     the campus and unveil a time capsule to
     mark the completion of work on the 
     Abbot's Road site.

    Addressing a number of specially invited VIP guests, who were also unable to attend the Official Opening Ceremony, Dr Sentamu described the college as "a tripod"; saying its continued success was down to three key elements "education, to draw out from people what they already have to give; trust in both the staff and students; and caring both about the individual and their education." He added; "because the college has all three things chances are people will leave here full of hope and life."

    During his visit the Archbishop also met with current students and a number of those who have just completed their studies at Selby College and urged them to have faith in the education system. He said; "the country is going through a shake up right now, but what is going to last forever is your education, nobody can take that away from you.  The job market may become difficult but I still believe that those who have a good education hold the key to a successful future, so please keep doing what you're doing it is still relevant and worthwhile."

    One of the students who met with Dr Sentamu, 17 year old Haidee Tinning from Goole, described him as "realistic" saying; "the Archbishop was very friendly and down to earth, you just don't expect a man of the church to be like that; I really enjoyed talking to him."

    The time capsule, which contains an array of items including a selection of historical images supplied by the Selby Times, local and national newspapers, Selby College prospectuses, staff lists and details of the basic costs of living in 2011, will now be sealed permanently to be opened by a future generation at Selby College 25 years from now in 2036.

    Thursday 7 Jul 2011

  • Oxford Success for College Student

    Oxford Success for College StudentLaura Perry was one of only 650 students from 3,400 applicants across the UK to be offered a place on the one week residential course which aims to give UK state school/college students the opportunity to discover what the University of Oxford is like.

    The 16 year old from York who sees herself as the next Charlotte Uhlenbroek, hopes to go on to read Biological Science at Oxford University with a view to becoming a research zoologist and specialising in animal behaviour.  She described the summer school as "a great opportunity" saying; "if I do well hopefully they will remember me. The school is really tailored at helping you to get into Oxford University and achieve the correct grades in your 'A' Level subjects, so it will be good to have access to those extra resources and perhaps to meet people who may end up on the same course as me."

    Friday 1 Jul 2011

  • Selby College Engineers Powerful Alliance

    Selby College Forms Powerful Alliance The event also marked the formal opening of the Doosan Power Systems sponsored Innovation Building, a fantastic new Engineering skills facility based on the college's Abbots Road campus.  Students, staff and governors from the college, staff from Doosan Power Systems and VIPs from other local and national power sector employers witnessed the signing of a memorandum of agreement document, committing both organisations to work in partnership to help provide apprentice and higher level skills training courses, including Degree level courses, for young people.

    Principal Allan Stewart, OBE was delighted to be able to announce the successful college's partnership with internationally-renowned Doosan Power Systems, saying "how it marks a new chapter in the college's 27 year history. Allan added," Over the years, Selby College has developed an enviable reputation amongst training providers, by delivering a range of bespoke skills programmes to meet the training needs of local and regional employers, but this new alliance with a world-class company like Doosan Power Systems puts the top-performing college in a whole new league that can only benefit young people interested in working in the sector and living in Selby and Goole. Allan added, the initiative allows the college and partners to develop a niche range of courses up to Degree level include a brand new Foundation Degree for the Power Industry, specifically for engineers employed in the  Power Sector. 

    Steve Hunt, Services Director at Doosan Power Systems, described how engineering skills were vital to the UK economy and that is why Doosan Power Systems are delighted to be working in partnership with such an outstanding college as Selby College." He added, "Both organisations share similar values about training today's young people for tomorrow's work force, in a sector that is experiencing rapid growth internationally. The partnership will provide young people with many fabulous opportunities to work locally, nationally or if they choose, internationally. Steve added," Doosan Power Systems is committed to a long term partnership with the college ,which will see a rapid growth in the range of courses on offer to ensure there is a skilled and well motivated engineering workforce  for the future."

    The event concluded with a tour around the state-of-the- art facilities provided for future engineering students at the college, with guests able to talk to staff and current engineering students about their experience at college.

    Notes to Editors
    1. Doosan Power Systems is a leading provider of cleaner, greener technology, products and services for power generation, from turn key steam power-plant projects to boilers, turbines, nuclear and wind power.

    2. Selby College is the only college in the country to be able to offer a Foundation Degree for the Power Industry. The college is already working with key power sector employers to develop a range of training needed to develop the skills of young people wanting careers in this key growth sector.

    3. The partnership between the college and Doosan Power Systems is already firmly established, with the company equipping learners with industry standard safety equipment and overalls, providing training in everyday power industry practices, advising the young learners about safety at work and providing training and placement opportunities for young people and college engineering staff. The latter facility ensuring the Engineering courses provided at Selby College are up to date and continually revised to meet the specific training needs of power sector employers.

    4. Photo caption Image 0087 Selby College Principal, Allan Stewart OBE (Right) and Doosan Power Systems, Services Director, Stephen Hunt at the formal partnership signing ceremony at Selby College.

    5.  Photo caption Image 0109 Selby College Principal, Allan Stewart OBE and Doosan Power Systems Services Director Stephen Hunt and some of the many young people who will benefit from the new business and education partnership at Selby College.

    6. Photo caption Image 090307 Engineering students at Selby College will have the opportunity to train for the expanding Power Industry Sector; with the aim of them starting exciting careers in the UK and across the world.

    Monday 27 Jun 2011

  • Abbey Hosts Fashion Showcase

    Selby Abbey Hosts Fashion ShowcaseStudents from each of the top performing North Yorkshire college's Fashion, Art and Design courses showcased their creations in what was billed as "the largest and most spectacular show to date".

    The evening began with a showcase of moulage creations produced by the Year 1 National Diploma Art and Design Fashion and Clothing students as part of the college's annual Skills Tournament. Competitors had just two metres of fabric and two hours in which to create a masterpiece fit for the catwalk.

    Each Year 2 student also showcased their own individual final collections with themes ranging from iconic skylines and fairytales to festivals, mother nature and the Second World War, to name but a few.

    The event, which this year was sponsored by newcomers to the town Glam Boutique of Finkle Street and Bridal Oasis of Goole, also featured a selection of garments created using commercial patterns and GCSE coursework from Year 10 and 11 students at Brayton High School.

    Organisers Mary Goldthorpe and Kiku Jackson, Lecturers in Fashion, described the event (now in its 12th year) as "simply wonderful" saying; "the atmosphere was lovely, the Abbey was packed both evening's with standing room only on the final night and everyone has just been so supportive."

    They added; "The Fashion Show is the highlight of the year for the students, who work incredibly hard to put together the collections for this event, but we can't forget everyone else, all the staff and students who work tirelessly backstage and front of house to ensure the show is a huge success year after year.  The show works because of a real team effort and we're very proud to be part of that."

    In addition to the catwalk creations, a charity raffle raised more than £350 for Macmillan Cancer Care. Prizes included; two tickets to the Great Yorkshire Show, a family ticket to The Deep in Hull, a family ticket to the Jorvik Centre in York, an assortment of wine, shopping vouchers kindly donated by Tesco and Morrisons of Selby, an array of cuddly toys, a meal voucher for the college restaurant and a voucher for the college Aspire spa.

    Friday 17 Jun 2011

  • Charity Recipe Book Scoops National Prize

    frontpage The Sweetest Thoughts recipe book, which was
     created in memory of former Hospitality and Catering 
     student Scott Robinson (from Howden) who lost his
     battle against cancer last summer, has been named
    the Best Business with a Heart in the Tenner Tycoon
    2011 competition.

    The competition, which ran from 1st- 31st March,
    offered young people under the age of 19 throughout
    the country the opportunity to make money, make a
    difference and give back.  Students are invited to apply
     for a £10 loan from the "Tenner Bank" which is funded
    by Dragon's Den Entrepreneur Peter Jones, Big
    Lottery Fund and Bebo founders, Michael and Xochi
    Birch. Once the challenge is over, participants are asked to return their original loan and either keep or donate the profit they made. In Selby College's case the students have chosen to split the profits between Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Nurses, in memory of Scott.

    Guidance and Support Tutor Angie Hobden, who has been instrumental in both the production and subsequent sale of the book said; "I can't believe how well the book has been received. We've now sold all 1,100 copies we originally printed and are in the process of reprinting it in order to keep up with demand."

    She continued; "this award is a real surprise. I always hoped we might win something, but with so many excellent projects around the country I knew it would be tough. I'm absolutely overjoyed for the students who have worked so hard to ensure this book is a massive success and for Scott's family, this is a truly fitting memorial to a genuinely lovely young man, who touched the lives of so many staff and students at Selby College and who will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

    The group now plans to launch an official website and hope to get the book published. You can still order a copy by emailing, or alternatively you can pick up a copy from the town's Tesco store. 

    Friday 10 Jun 2011

  • College Celebrates Campus Completion

    Opening event Around 150 invited guests including; the 
     Chairman of Selby District Council, Cllr
     Kay McSherry, Chair of East Riding of 
     Yorkshire County Council, other local 
     dignitaries, representatives from local 
     firms and head teachers watched as
     Chair of the Selby College Corporation,
     Mr Vernon Wells, unveiled a plaque in
     honour of the occasion.

    Guests were treated to a live performance by the Selby Youth Jazz Orchestra before being taken on a tour of the new facilities, a mini fashion show or a demonstration of the college's CNC engineering equipment.


    The Most Reverend and Right Honourable, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, who had intended to conduct the opening ceremony, but was unfortunately not able to attend on the day, sent the following message;


    "To the Principal, Students, Governors, Parents and Friends of Selby College. Congratulations on the Official Opening of Selby College this morning.  I had been very much looking forward to coming to meet you all again on this special occasion and to bless the building.

    What a great day this is for you, and what a brilliant College you have!

    I am very sorry indeed not to be able to join you, but I hope to visit you before the end of term, to bury the time capsule and to celebrate with you again!

    In the meantime, I wish you all every blessing with my prayers."

    Selby College Principal Allan Stewart, OBE, who described the facilities as "magnificent and uplifting to both staff and students" thanked the Archbishop for his kind words and said; "the campus has exceeded our expectations, just as the college so often exceeds the expectations of our students.  The college, which was the 20th highest performer in the last league tables, has been consistently in the top 10% of colleges since 1993."

    Thursday 9 Jun 2011

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