News from 2011-2012

  • A Level Success - Oxbridge All the Way!

    Grant Bellis from Goole gained four A star grades in Mathematics, Biology, Further Mathematics and Physics securing a place at Cambridge University to study Engineering, he said; "I'm so relieved to have achieved the grades I needed to go on to study Engineering at one of the world's leading universities, but I couldn't have done it without the help and support of all my tutors at Selby College."

    Also heading to one of the country's top universities, but not until 2013 having deferred entry for a year, will be Laura Perry, who also gained four A-star grades in English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry and who has gained a place at Oxford University to study Biological Science. She said; "I've been working towards this for so long I can't believe I'm one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a Research Zoologist. It's a real honour to be offered a place at one of the most prestigious universities in the world a year before you intend to go, I'm so excited and I'm just going to try and get as much experience as I can during my gap year."

    Two of three triplets, from Thorpe Willoughby, who gained high grades at league-topping Selby College, were Amy and Sara Thompson. Amy achieved an A Star Grade in Mathematics and two A Grades in Further Mathematics and Accounting, and Sara achieved A grades in English Literature, English Language and a B grade in Media Studies said "it had been a long wait" since sister Emma discovered she'd been awarded the top Distinction star grade for her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.  However, all three now intend to celebrate in style before heading off to different universities in September.

    Sara said; "there's always been a certain amount of sibling rivalry, but it's brilliant that we've all achieved the grades we needed for university and that we can all go on to pursue our individual goals. It will be strange not having my sisters around all the time at university, but I'm really proud of them and I'm sure we'll all do well."

    Other students gaining fantastic grades today included; Seren Mably from Selby gained four A grades in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Further Mathematics, and will now be going to study Chemical Engineering at Manchester. Seren said " I'm still in shock; I never expected to do so well. I did work quite hard and I desperately hoped I'd do ok, but this is a real surprise, I'm so pleased."

    Frances Lindley also gained four A grades in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Accounting  who is going to Durham University to study Chemistry, said she'd really enjoyed her time at Selby College, everyone there is brilliant, they really want you to do well."

    Selby College Principal, Allan Stewart OBE, said; "In this Olympic year, it's good to see Selby College students, paralleling that success, with our students achieving some of the highest exam results in England, which again proves there is no better place to study locally for qualifications than Selby College."

    Allan added, "The grades achieved by our students is fitting testimony to the efforts of everyone involved, reflecting the students' hard work and commitment to their studies but also the considerable efforts of parents, college staff and others involved in encouraging the students to do so well. We are immensely proud of all our students and we wish them every success and happiness in the future, whether they go to a university of their choice, choose to study a further degree level qualification at Selby College or find work."

    Vernon Wells, Chair of Corporation at Selby College said, "It is a great reward for the students who have worked so hard to achieve these results and a reflection of the high standards staff set at Selby College. I would personally like to thank the teaching and support staff for helping the students to achieve their full potential - and my warmest congratulations to those students celebrating success today."

    Friday 17 Aug 2012

  • Olympic Torch Comes to Eurofest

    Around 100 Year 8 pupils from Selby High School and Sherburn High School took part in the 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 products while others offered vital tourist information to visitors who could only talk to them in their designated language; French, German or Spanish.

    One of those taking part was 13-year-old Jamie Francis whose stand 'toggled' offered hoodies with headphones for toggles to French customers. He said; "I think Eurofest is really good because the schools get to compete against each other so you get to meet new people and everyone has a chance to practice their language skills and maybe learn some new ones."

    It was those language skills that impressed Selby Town Mayor, Cllr George Carter who said; "the students' skills were exceptional and they showed a thorough understanding of their chosen language.  I hope they have the opportunities to continue to develop these skills in the future and that they continue to use them whenever they go abroad on holiday."

    The event, which was organised by Selby College in conjunction with NYBEP, saw York University PGCE students, Selby College staff and students act as customers and judge the 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, look around the Abbot's Road site and enjoy some light refreshments kindly donated by Sainsbury's and Tesco in Selby,  before the winners were presented with a selection of prizes including the coveted trophy for Overall Winning School, which this year went to Sherburn High School.

    Thursday 28 Jun 2012

  • Fashion Extravaganza Wows Crowds


    Selby College Fashion students wow the crowds with their colourful creations.

    Whilst rain lashed the outside of the 11th-century building, inside spectators were treated to a colourful display of hand crafted garments created by students on the college's extensive range of Fashion, Art and Design courses.

    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.

    There were also individual collections from each of the Year 2 students with themes ranging from dance and the city to mods and rockers, Land Girls and those society often overlooks; to name but a few.

    This year's event was sponsored by Owston Park Golf Course, Strawberry Fields Cafe and Forevermore Bridalwear by Lynda Hatton, who presented two collections of stunning bridal attire.

    In a break with tradition the event also featured live music from the Selby Acoustic Five, who are all music students at Selby College, with a special guest appearance on Wednesday evening from the Abbey Belles Ladies Barbershop Chorus.

    Selby College Fashion Lecturer Kiku Jackson, described the event as "a great success" saying; "it's always really nice to see the students presenting their own creations at the end of the year. They work so hard to ensure that all the garments are of the highest standard and it's lovely to see so many people from across the area, turn out to support them."

    She added; "The Fashion Show is a real team effort and we can't forget 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 college has a great reputation for success and we're proud to be part of that story. "

    In addition to the catwalk creations, a charity raffle raised more than £200 for Cancer Research UK and the Make A Wish Foundation. Prizes included; Sally Webster's handbag as used on Coronation Street, an Emmerdale Goodie Bag, a £50 photography voucher kindly donated by J. Clitheroe Photography, an assortment of wine, cuddly toys and toiletries.

    Friday 22 Jun 2012

  • Jubilant Chorus Seeks Royal Approval

    The Abbey Belles Ladies Barbershop Chorus record their tribute for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

    The track named Jubilee! was written especially for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by chorus member Susan Taylor, who described it as "Cheeky". She said "I was first asked if I'd write something for the Jubilee by our chairman Natalie back in January. It's been good working to a deadline and it's lovely having your own song, I absolutely love it!"

    Established in 1994, this is not the first brush with Royalty for the chorus which performed in BBC1s Musical Beacon to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee and found itself at the centre of a Radio 4 documentary after unexpectedly being mentioned during coverage of last year's Royal Wedding. Musical Director Anne Turner said; "If the Queen is a Radio 4 listener she will already know who the Abbey Belles are, if not we hope she will do after this."

    She added; "We're very proud of Susan who's written original words, music and a four part harmony for this special occasion. We really wanted to record it to reward not only her hard work, but that of the chorus too and we're delighted with the result."

    Selby College Music Tutor, who recorded the song for the chorus, said; "I'm glad that Selby College was able to help the Abbey Belles lay down this track. We're very proud of our industry standard recording studio and it's great to see it used not only for teaching, but by the wider community too."

    He added; "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee really is a once in a lifetime event and I think the Abbey Belles' song is a fitting tribute for such an auspicious occasion."

    The group now intends to send a copy of the completed recording to the Queen and is also hoping to get it added to the local radio playlists.

    Friday 25 May 2012

  • Surplus Supplies Surprise

    Selby College Deputy Principal Janet Meenaghan hands over some surplus art amterials to youngsters at Selby Abbey Primary School

    Dubbed the great Selby College Art Transplant, the event was the result of a change in the items stocked in the college shop as Janet explained; "In response to a change in demand within our onsite shop, we decided to stop selling a range of specialist art materials such as paint, paintbrushes and charcoal. As a result we were left with a surplus of stock and decided this should benefit as much of the local community as possible and so the idea for the Art transplant was born."

    First stop on the Selby College Art Transplant tour was the college itself where some of the art students in receipt of the bursary were presented with an array of materials to aid their studies. Then it was off to Barwic Parade Primary to join in with afternoon assembly before moving on to Selby Abbey Primary, where Janet spent a little time talking to some of the pupils about their creativity. A quick trip down the road saw the Art Transplant event move on to Firth House Nursing Home, before making its final stop at Dennison House Nursing Home.

    Speaking at the conclusion of the event, Janet said it had been a "very positive" experience. She added; "The College has always been very proud of the local community and its role within it and I think this was evident in today's event. It was lovely to get a glimpse of Selby outside the college and to be able to meet some of its residents both young and old. I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of the event and I hope the materials bring the beneficiaries a great deal of pleasure."

    Friday 18 May 2012

  • Olympic Torch Ignites Fashion Passion

    Spectators to the annual event, which takes place just a day after the torch passes through the town, will be treated to a colourful display of garments inspired by a range of countries taking part in this year's Games. The collection will feature styles influenced by South Africa, China, Greece and of course the United Kingdom, to name but a few.

    One of those whose work will be featured in the catwalk collection is Lois Taylor, she said; "It's been really interesting learning about the different cultures, we've looked at everything from ancient traditions to architecture and popular culture. I've enjoyed designing my trousers and top with their African themed print down the front and I can't wait to see them on the catwalk!"

    The students have embraced this one year challenge with both hands, as tutor Kiku Jackson explained; "Many people think the Olympics is just about sport, but fashion has a huge part to play. Only last month the London 2012 Team GB kit, designed by renowned British designer Stella McCartney, was unveiled amidst a flurry of media activity.  The Olympic Games being held in this country, and the torch coming to Selby itself, represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students and I wanted them to feel part of the excitement.  They've all met the challenge head on and I'm really pleased with the results, I think they'll make for an eye-catching display when they take to the catwalk next month."

    Tickets for the Selby College Fashion Show, sponsored by Owston Park Golf Course and Forevermore Bridalwear, are on sale now priced £7 for adults and £3.50 concessions, reserve yours by calling 01757 211048.

    Thursday 17 May 2012

  • College Powers up for the Future

    Ann Dobbs and Ian Muir (centre) recieve the official Selby College Skills Academy for Power plaque on behalf of Selby College.

    The organisation brings together all the power companies involved in the generation and distribution of gas and electricity. Selby College's inclusion recognises its commitment to making the Engineering area more commercially viable through increased industrial links. It will enable the college to deliver education and training from Level 2 to Higher Apprenticeships along with bespoke industry training.

    Ann Dobbs, Project Director in Engineering, said; "I am delighted that the Engineering department has been recognised as a first class provider of education and training. It is a testament to the commitment of the staff to deliver outstanding courses which both meet the needs of the local community and employers alike. Selby College prides itself on the relationships it has built with local employers and this recognition can only help to strengthen and develop those partnerships further."

    The accolade means that we are now a registered provider of education and training to the power sector. This gives us increased access to companies and helps us develop the work we are already doing with the new Foundation Degree.

    Ian Muir, Engineering Manager, added; "there have been huge advances in technology in recent years and the power industry especially has seen significant growth in the industries surrounding renewable energy.  And with an ageing workforce, many of whom will be retiring within the next decade, this will mean enormous opportunities for young people in the Engineering sector as a whole. It is important to remember that Engineering is the life-blood of the country, servicing our everyday needs from food and health care to communications, transport and even entertainment."

    Friday 27 Apr 2012

  • HE Review Awards College Top Marks

    In January this year, the college's higher education provision was inspected under the Quality Assurance Agency's (QAA) Integrated Quality Enhancement Review (IQER), which assessed course teaching, policies and practices and the learning and assessment of its university-level provision.

    The results from the independent QAA review gave Selby College the top mark, showing the organisation discharges its responsibilities effectively in academic standards, quality of learning opportunities and public information.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal, was delighted with the report feedback, saying "The QAA assessment feedback provides tremendous news for the college and couldn't have occurred at a more opportune time as our specialist team of staff are busily developing a whole new range of Higher Education courses, including Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), that match the needs of local people and industry equally."

    Allan added, "Selby College is one of only a few organisations in the country to offer a specialist Degree for Engineering in the Power Sector; working with the University of Hull and the internationally renowned Doosan Power Systems. We will shortly see that experience grow into more specialist courses, ensuring the college becomes a national Centre of Excellence for Engineering Training; providing high level courses for individuals and in the process helping, small, medium and large employers to benefit from the state-of-the art training available on the Abbot's Road campus."

    Liz Ridley, Director of Curriculum and responsible for Higher Education provision at the top- performing college said, "Apart from giving Selby College top marks in all aspects of its Degree course provision, the QAA review identified many different features of good practice, including the professional development of staff and financial support for higher degree study, recognised teacher status and regular attendance either at conferences and by gaining valuable industrial experience. This ensures our Higher Education teaching is up-to-date, relevant and of the highest standards available.  From September we will be bringing this level of quality to three new HND programmes in Business, Computing and Engineering."

    The college has seen growing numbers of learners choosing to study locally with them rather than paying expensive university fees and accommodation. The college was praised in the review for listening to this important group of learners, gathering feedback from them that is subsequently used to develop further the provision to ensure it perfectly meets their needs. One such learner who spoke very highly of their Degree course at Selby College was Anastasija Skromane who is studying for her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She said "I have really enjoyed the course, the level of support from the tutors has been absolutely fantastic, and I can't believe how much I have learnt in the last two years.  It has really helped me develop as a professional."

    Robert Neilson a Foundation Degree in Sport student echoed Anastasija's comments. He said "The quality of the teaching and the extent of the support available to students on higher education courses at this outstanding college are just brilliant! Being able to continue my education locally and gain valuable practical experience, including work placements is allowing me to show that not only can I achieve academically, but I can put this into practice in the real world which will really help once I've graduated and looking for a job."   

    Monday 16 Apr 2012

  • College Scoops Top Safety Accolade

    Dating back to 1956, the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas. The scheme does not just look at accident records, but also entrants' overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

    Selby College Health and Safety Adviser Ken Sharp said he was thrilled by the news adding; "we take health and safety very seriously at Selby College. The Gold Award is recognition that all the measures we've put in place and continually monitor to reduce the risk of accidents and ill-health have paid off and that the college is a safer place as a result.  Naturally, we are always looking for ways to improve our record further and this year is no exception."

    Commenting on Selby College's success David Rawlins, RoSPA's Awards Manager, said: "The RoSPA Awards programme provides well-deserved recognition for the winners and spurs on other organisations to raise their standards of accident and ill-health prevention. We congratulate Selby College on its success and encourage it, and all our other winners, to remain committed to safety and health, an approach that is well recognised to be good for workers and the bottom line."

    The Gold Award will be presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre, on Thursday, May 17, 2012, alongside the Safety and Health Expo 2011, Europe's leading annual health and safety exhibition.


    Monday 9 Apr 2012

  • Amy Putts her Way to Victory

    Amy Tomlinson practices her golf swing at Selby College

    Amy Tomlinson, who plays off a handicap of 22, even surprised herself in pursuit of the title, she said: "I was really shocked when the organisers told me I'd won. I was ready to go home; I really didn't think I'd played that well at all."

    However, the 18 year old from Selby has golf in her blood. Both her parents, two sisters and her sister's fiancée all play, so there's never any shortage of competition, which is good as Amy explains; "When you get to college, girls don't really talk about golf and there aren't too many female players entering the tournaments, so it can be difficult to know how well you're playing.

    In fact, it is that family bond which keeps Amy, a member at Whitwood Golf Club in Castleford, playing. She said; "My sisters have really encouraged me, I don't always get the chance to play regularly because of work and college but it's good for them, and for my mum, to have someone to play with."

    Tuesday 3 Apr 2012

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