News from 2015-2016



  • On your bike chef!

    Staff and students from the Hospitality and Catering department at top- performing Selby College have been busy in the kitchen preparing two cakes for the upcoming Selby Three Swans Bike Race this Sunday.

    The annual event was created in 2013 by a dedicated team of volunteers at Selby Cycling Club in celebration of the club’s 90th year. The sportive is becoming increasingly popular every year with over 800 cyclists already signed up to compete and with more expected to register on the day.

    Cyclists of all abilities are welcome to take part, with various road routes to choose from. Ranging from 30, 60 and 100 miles, each route is on a flat terrain, appealing to all abilities from novices through to expert riders. Selby Abbey marks the start of all routes before cyclists go on to ride through various picturesque villages on fully signed and marshalled roads.

    Alongside creating a great family day out, the Selby Three Swans event also raises money through sponsorship for charity Yorkshire Cancer Research and couldn’t be organised without the support of local volunteers and businesses.

    Adrian Dawes, lead lecturer for Hospitality and Catering at Selby College, will also be taking part in the event with hopes of raising money for the charity. The Selby College Hospitality and Catering Department have been supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research for many years after sadly losing one of their students, Scott Robinson to cancer a few years ago.

    Adrian added “Cycling is one of the UK’s biggest sports providing fun and fitness for everyone. We are pleased to support both Selby Cycling Club and Yorkshire Cancer Research and look forward to helping the cyclists refuel on their journey with a slice of delicious, homemade cake!”



    Thursday 1 Sep 2016

  • Selby College Double Celebration!

    A-Level students at top-performing Selby College have yet again achieved some of the highest ‘A’ Level and BTEC subsidiary Diploma results in the country. The college achieved an amazing 99% overall pass rate with students on 22 out of 25 subjects, including English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and ICT scoring a 100% pass rate, putting the college firmly in the top 10 percent of colleges.

    Two students secured a place at Oxford university, including former Holy Family student Louie Broadhead, who achieved A* in English Literature, A in English Language and History and B in French. Louie is going on to study English Language and Literature at the prestigious university and was keen to thank the help and support of Selby College staff for helping him achieve his grades. Louie said “I cannot thank my Teachers and GST enough; without them I wouldn’t have achieved what I did”

    Mirroring Louie’s success, Bradley Johnson formerly of Sherburn High School is also going to study at Oxford. Achieving A* in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, Bradley is going on to study Medicine from October with the hopes of eventually working in the medical profession. Speaking of his time at Selby College Bradley said, “I owe an awful lot to my teachers and Guidance and Support tutor, they’ve really pulled out all the stops to help me succeed. Selby College, it’s been brilliant!”

    Other students celebrating their fantastic results include Ellen Dethridge who gained an A* in Maths and A in Chemistry and Further Maths. Ellen, who previously attended Selby High School, will be studying Maths at Leeds University as of September and is keeping her options open as to what she would like to go on to achieve after graduation.

    Charlie Wilson, who also gained an A* in Maths as well as A grades in French and History will go on to study Politics and Economics at Manchester University. Speaking of his long term goals, Charlie stated “Ideally I would like a job in the Civil Service but the course I’m taking at University gives me all sorts of options for the future.” He added, “I’m really pleased with my results and really grateful to all the staff at Selby College for the help they provided.”

    Hoping to follow in the footsteps of today’s top achievers next year, AS student Holly Franklin proved she is on the right track as she gained A grades in all 4 of her AS subjects; History, Physics, English Literature and Media. Holly is due to sit her admissions test for Oxford University in November and hopes to study English.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal said:

    Congratulations to all our students on achieving another great set of results, giving Selby College a joyous double celebration. We are extremely delighted to report our students have once again achieved some of the highest combined points scores of any Further Education College in England, ­­which also comes on the back of news earlier this summer that students voted Selby College the Eleventh Best College in England for overall student satisfaction!

    When asked why Selby College students continue to achieve higher grades than students at other colleges, Allan Stewart said:

    “Selby College`s formula for student success is a combination of three factors:

    First we have some of the most dedicated lecturers and support staff of any college in England.  We have some of the most amazing learning facilities available for students to study, and have a winning culture of encouraging our students to fulfil their potential.”

    Allan added how delighted he was to see many students deciding to study a Higher Education course at Selby College, a trend that has continued over the past three years, adding, “students and their parents are increasingly aware of the considerable costs of studying away from home, with debts that can last through their working lives. Selby College continues to see a threefold rise in the number of students deciding to study their higher level course at the top-rated college, benefitting from living at home but still leaving at the end with the same degree as they would if they were to study away.”

    Thursday 18 Aug 2016

  • Young Entrepreneurs

    Level 3 Business students, Chris Brown and Luke Sawden of top-performing Selby College were recently awarded a cheque for £500 after successfully pitching their business idea to a panel of judges from the Selby District Council.

    As part of their Selby College course, the budding entrepreneurs delivered a presentation introducing their business, The Open Talent Group and highlighted why they would be the deserved winners of the fantastic cash prize. The Open Talent Group is a certified musician platform, and record label, aimed at supporting young musicians to build a career in music. Alongside managing their acts, The Open Talent Group is on hand to offer tailored website design packages and bespoke cover art.

    The competition, held by Lecturer in Business, Philippa Skate and sponsored by Selby Town Enterprise Partnership, is designed to recognise and reward rising young entrepreneurs in the local area. Cathy Milan of Selby District Council said of the competition winners: “Selby Town Enterprise Partnership sponsor this award to support the young entrepreneurs in our district.  The competition this year was of a very high standard. The winners from Open Talent Group have an outstanding drive and commitment to their business which I am sure will develop into a very successful enterprise. We wish them every success for the future”

    Continuing to build their new business venture, Chris and Luke plan to use the money for marketing and advertising to strengthen their presence and help support growth. Alongside making a return to college to offer support and guidance to new students, Chris and Luke plan to deliver a speech at an upcoming business event, discussing their achievements as well as suggestions for how others’ could establish themselves as a successful business.


    Wednesday 27 Jul 2016

  • Art & Design students attend official Totem Garden opening

    This week, the winning students from the Totem Pole Community Project Competition held at Sue Ryder Holme Hall in Holme-upon-Spalding-Moor, near York were presented with their prize at the grand opening of the newly completed sculpture garden.

    The competition, commissioned by local conceptual artist Jerry Worley of Behind Blues Eyes Design, saw Year 1 Art & Design students create a design for a totem pole which was then constructed by Lincolnshire chainsaw sculpture, Mick Burns.

    Presenting the awards, Jerry said of the deserving winners “The work provided was over and above what we expected from first year students and I am so glad that the artist Mick, did the students at Selby College justice, the end results are absolutely fantastic and I know that the residents and local community will enjoy spending their time here in the garden.”

    The overall aim of the sculpture garden is to provide a focal point for all those that use the space, encouraging discussion and interaction between residents of Holme Hall and also the local community whom can also enjoy the gardens.

    Pictured are two of the seven competition winners, Eleanor Waring with her design “It Takes Time” and Olivia Bray with “Helping Hands”.

    Friday 15 Jul 2016

  • Level 3 Fashion Students Achieve 100% Distinction

    Fashion students from top- performing Selby College were celebrating last week after achieving some of the best results of any college in England. All 9 Students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design: Fashion Pathway have achieved 100% distinctions.

    Fresh off the catwalk from the successful Selby College Fashion Show, where they showcased their exceptional creative talents, these students are looking forward to taking a well-deserved break over the summer before each heading off to their prospective universities.

    This is the first year that the course is offered under the new Awarding Body, UAL and students have certainly set the bar high.

    The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design: Fashion course introduces you to a range of ideas and skills as well as offering practical opportunities to explore personal creativity while learning how to illustrate, design and produce a range of garments.

    For more information about Art & Design courses on offer at Selby College please contact Student Services on 01757 211040 or email

    Thursday 14 Jul 2016

  • Selby College Wins Second Consecutive Gold Safety Award

    Selby College has successfully won a prestigious Gold Standard award in this year’s RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, for the second consecutive year.

    The local top–performing college achieved the Gold Medal Award (Presented to organisations which have achieved between five and nine consecutive Gold Awards) in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

    The RoSPA Awards is celebrating 60 years of presenting highly-regarded and sought after accolades to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention.

    Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

    Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for our winners. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to. We offer them our congratulations.

    “This year was doubly special for our winners as their achievements were recognised as the RoSPA Awards celebrated its diamond anniversary, which is a ringing endorsement of the thousands of businesses and organisations that have committed to continuous improvement in accident and ill-health prevention.”

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal at Selby College said, “The health and safety of students, staff, visitors and partners is of paramount importance to the college. Winning the Gold Award for a second consecutive year reflects the considerable commitment we put into preventing accidents. The college is delighted its efforts have been recognised by RoSPA during its diamond anniversary year. I would like to personally thank Ken Sharp, Health and Safety Officer, the Estates Team and other staff for continuing to ensure the college provides a safe place both to learn and work.”

    Thursday 14 Jul 2016

  • Visual and Creative Arts Exhibition

    Last Thursday evening top performing Selby College’s Art, Design & Media department held their annual end of year Visual & Creative Arts Exhibition. The Renaissance Building on the £35 million campus was once again transformed into a bustling hub of creative activity featuring art installations, visual recordings and musical performances curated exclusively by students across the whole department, as well as an extensive range of artwork, fashion designs and artefacts.

    ­­On arrival friends, family and former students enjoyed a welcome glass of wine and nibbles before gathering to celebrate the artistic talents of students across the college’s entire arts programme, showcasing the wide range of courses available to study at Selby College and the remarkably high level of work that can be achieved.

    Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted by the sound of  Year 1 BTEC Music students as they warmed up ahead of their scheduled performances, including a guitar solo by Angus Harvey, which saw him battle it out against a pre-recorded video of himself in a call and response ‘guitar jam’ style performance.  Resident DJ Charlie Loewen was on hand once again to treat audiences to his impeccable mixing skills, having recently performed at this year’s Selby College Fashion show at Riccall Regen centre.  Other performers of the night included talented musician Emily Brown, who beautifully combined her vocals and piano skills with an accompanying video of home movies from her childhood and Rowie Maddison, whose performance represented a personal story of relationships and the LGBT community.

    Classrooms were converted into professional galleries strewn with thought provoking imagery by Year 2 Extended Diploma Art & Design students. Student Katie Edkins created a series of sculptures demonstrating the perception of our ‘perfect’ body shape and how it has altered dramatically over the years. Equally as emotive, other artists researched topics such as the gender pay gap and social acceptance, whilst one harrowing video installation by Lauren Kendall entitled ‘Isolation’ aimed to raise awareness of the serious issue of domestic violence and to encourage victims to speak out.

    In the Fashion Department, students across both years of the Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing were proud to display their Final Major Project garments, research journals and portfolios, together with catwalk photography and a debut screening of the recent Fashion Show.

    Digital technologies were fully integrated into the experience of the Visual and Creative Arts exhibition, through the inspired use of Apple Mac computer screens, wall projections and audio equipment which enabled the audience to interact with the installations, emphasising the concept that ‘Art is no longer simply an image on a wall’. Amongst the visual displays, both BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts and Media Students’ held screenings of their latest performances and displayed accompanying portfolios of work.

    Tuesday 12 Jul 2016

  • Selby College Fashion Show makes catwalk debut at Regen Centre

    On Thursday 16th June Fashion students across both years of the Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma Art & Design: Fashion Pathway descended upon Riccall Regen Centre to showcase their creative talents at the Centre’s debut Fashion Show.

    The audience, including special guests, the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council Val Arnold, the Mayor of Selby Steve Shaw-Wright, governors, councillors, friends and family were treated to a visually stunning and perfectly polished display of this year’s creations. The Fashion students took pride in collaborating with peers on other Photography, Media and Music courses to create a spectacular and inspiring event, complete with live DJ set by current second year music students.

    Fashion show regular, and main sponsor Lynda Hatton from Forevermore also showed two collections, an elegant range of Prom & Evening Wear and a Bridal catwalk show, before announcing Marie-Ann Gilley as winner of Forevermore’s sponsored award for Year 1 Creativity In Fashion, and Amelia Barraclough’s ‘Genesis of the Anthropoids’ as Year 2 Best Fashion Collection. Mary Goldthorpe’s sponsored award for Excellence in Fashion went to Yashana Malhotra for her collection entitled ‘Possessionem’. The skills and passion for creativity gained whilst completing this course have helped Yashana to secure a place at top class London University, Central Saint Martins.

    Alongside Yashana’s winning collection which featured bold, statement pieces accessorised with fringed headgear, there were a total of 21 collections featuring final collections from all second year students. A variety of designs highlighting specialist techniques from year one students, as well as former Selby College student and current DeMontford University undergraduate, Emily Carey, who showcased her talent for creating bespoke lingerie.

    The Year 1 Fashion students opened the show with their collection ‘Shape, Form and Structure’ and their personal interpretations of these three words. Further showcases from year one students included ‘Statuesque’ which demonstrated the direct draping technique of Moulage, ‘Shift’, a collection which enabled students to produce a shift dress, designed entirely by themselves and with their own sources of inspiration, featuring a variety of colours and print techniques. ‘Construct, Deconstruct, Reconstruct’ was a collection of individual garments and concepts presented by the Level 3 Diploma Art & Design Fashion Pathway students, taking inspiration from themes such as feminism and women’s rights.

    Collections from second year fashion students included Amelia Barraclough’s ‘Genesis of the Anthropoids’, a beautifully feminine collection featuring a combination of colour blocking and texture. Leah Parker’s ‘Finding light in the Dark’ which focused on positivity overcoming negativity and good presiding evil and Tina Holt’s ‘Touch of Truth’, a monochrome take on the style evolution of the coat. Samantha Sully’s final collection ‘Déjà vu’ came from an alternative representation of the effects of Alzheimer’s.  The collections continued with Emma Buckley’s ‘Bullion’, a luxurious collection inspired by the concept of materialism and excessive wealth. Leah Siefert’s ‘Time, Movement, Decay’ took a natural approach, portraying inspiration from decay in nature and changes over a period of time.

    The final two collections shared similar concepts, with fabulously conflicting finished results. Jessica Brown’s ‘Escape’ focused on the disparities between light and dark, as did Lauren Stretton’s ‘Contrast’ which featured stitching over dissolvable fabric to create a stunning visual effect.

    Other garments presented by the second year students were the statement ‘Final Major Project’ collections and Unit 10 project, ‘Exploration’ which saw one student collaborate with the engineering department to produce an abstract metal chest piece, inspired by the human form.

    Fashion lecturer Kiku McNaughton, said: “I am exceptionally proud of how far the students have come and the exciting and challenging work that has been created. They have been an absolute joy to teach: dedicated, enthusiastic, innovative and dynamic, and as much as I shall miss the second year students, how could I possibly deprive the rest of the world from what they have given to me.”

    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 Visual and Creative Arts Exhibition on Thursday 23rd June. First and second year students from across subjects; such as Art & Design, Photography, Media, Performing Arts and Music will be exhibiting their final projects.

    Alternatively, for info about studying Fashion, Art, Media, Music and many other courses please visit our website, email or call Student Services on 01757 211040. A HND course in Art & Design launches at Selby College in September 2016.

    Monday 11 Jul 2016

  • Eurofest 2016

    The hot topic on everyone’s mind last Thursday was all things EU and Selby College was no exception. In keeping with the theme, Selby College held its annual Eurofest competition, welcoming over 120 students to gather and celebrate language and culture.

    Now in its ninth year, Eurofest once again welcomed year 8 pupils from 6 local schools; Brayton, Selby, Sherburn, Holy Family, Snaith and Goole High to put their language skills to the test and showcase their imaginative stall ideas in a simulated trade fair.

    Eurofest aims to promote the active use of foreign languages in a realistic environment, allowing students to practice their communication skills as well as learning some other lingoes in a series of 15 minute language workshops, including Japanese, Portuguese, Italian and Latin.

    The event, hosted by Selby College saw York University PGCE students, Selby College staff and students adopt the role of inquisitive customers as they visited the stands and judged the teams according to their communication abilities in their chosen language of either French, German or Spanish.

    The students immediately got into the competitive spirit, working in groups to design and maintain their stalls selling a variety of products and services ranging from Sherburn High school’s German photography printing service “Mich” (Me) to Holy Family’s French crepe stall and Spanish cupcake stand “Acuzar”(Sugar) created by Brayton High. 

    On hand to offer guidance to tourists, a variety of striking information stands were available, including Selby High schools Spanish Information stand, offering a wealth of information for travel and leisure in the city of Girona and Snaith High’s ‘Selby Information Centre’ which recommended things to see and do in Selby.

    Selby College’s language lecturer and Eurofest event organiser, Heather Lister said of the event: “Eurofest is a fantastic opportunity for local schools and the college to collaborate in celebrating languages in a fun and engaging way. Each year the students show exceptional commitment to the event and continue to impress with their creativity and skills.”

    To close the event a special award ceremony took place, with awards being presented to the winning stand from each participating school as well as individual students who demonstrated exceptional conversational skills and creativity when designing their stall. Winning stands for each of the schools were declared as Brayton High school’s ‘Misterio, Goole High School’s ‘Sweet Treats’, Holy Family’s ‘Dia De Los Muertes’, Selby High’s ‘Colour Camblante’ Sherburn’s ‘Tempillow’ and Snaith High School’s ‘Marseille’.

    On hand to present the awards, and announce the overall winners of the competition Deputy Principle Liz Ridley, who was pleased to declare Carlton’s Holy Family as the top performing school for the second consecutive year.

    To all our budding entrepreneurs and language enthusiasts, a goody bag and certificate was presented, with thanks to Haribo, Nestle, Tesco and Sainsbury’s for their kind contributions and help, as well as our regular sponsors Routes into Languages (University of Hull) and Leeds-based Language Lab provider Sanako.

    Monday 11 Jul 2016

  • Team of the Year prove they are a real credit at Selby College Sport Awards!

    On Thursday 19th May it was time to celebrate sporting success at Selby College once again as the Sports Department got ready for their third annual Sports Awards Evening, held at the grand Crystal Suite at the Parsonage Hotel & Spa in Escrick.

    The Mayor for Selby Town Council, Steven Shaw-Wright, joined staff and students including Selby College Principal Allan Stewart OBE, Vice Principal Liz Ridley and Director of Curriculum Steve Fowler for a formal three-course meal before the presentation of the Awards began, which this year were kindly sponsored by Selby Town Council and Doncaster Rovers Football Club.

    Principal Allan Stewart kicked off proceedings at the night for outstanding sporting achievements by welcoming everyone to the evening before Sports Lecturer Dan Megson took to the stand to present the Second Team Football Awards - including his personal review of the season, with memorable highlights such as his first match as coach spent in the first aid room! Captain Josh Worsfold was announced as the Coach’s Player and Emmanuel Menso was presented with the Trophy for Players’ Player.

    Sports Development Officer Ed Grady then introduced the First Team Football Awards. Just as proud of his students, he said: “The team has some great core players and I have no doubt that the current first years will step up in the league next season and build on the success of this year”. Ed proudly presented the Coach’s Player Award to Joe Shingles as “the golden boy of the team who always gives 100% in training”. Daniel Thompson was awarded the Trophy for Players’ Player “as one of the team’s best players by the end of the season” and Will Kulic was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Football prize. Captain Pete Knight reiterated how “the team were a pleasure to share the field with and had lots to build on”. Pete also thanked Ed for “the great deal of time and effort he has put in this season as our new coach”. The team finished the season as runners-up in the league!

    Next up were the Female Football Team Awards, which were presented by Sport Lecturers and Coaches Katie Brash and Carla Cantrell. Despite a tough season, Captain Em Morton made it clear that “without the dedication and support of Katie and Carla we wouldn’t have achieved what we have this season” and added that, “the team is looking forward to improving next year”. The girls’ team have scored a record 29 goals this season, winning two games, losing nine and drawing three. Katie said: “the team have a brilliant attitude and are a pleasure to coach as they always have a smile on their faces whatever the outcome of their games!” Carla agreed, adding: “they are a real credit to the college. Even when they lose a game they all come to training the following week and ask what they can do to improve”. They were delighted to award Lauren Thompson as Coach’s Player, saying “although she doesn’t have the greatest confidence she has really grown as a player and the rest of the team look up to her”. The Players’ Player Award was a close decision but ultimately went to Michaela Smith for her “fantastic attitude and for stepping up for the team”. The Outstanding Contribution to Football prize went to Em Morton for “her reliability and overall being a fantastic role model and asset to the team.”

    The final Awards of the night were Sports Personality and Team of the Year. Before presenting the Sports Personality Award, special guest Cllr Steven Shaw-Wright commended Selby College Sports students for their participation, saying: “You are brilliant role models for both your peers and for the Town. I want to see you at the top of the league next year! You are lucky enough to go to a fantastic college with fantastic staff”. Matt Duck, Em Morton, Josh Worsfold and Joe Barr were all nominated for the prestigious award, with Joe announced as the overall winner for the time and effort he has put in coaching a youth cricket team.

    Principal Allan Stewart was delighted to present the final prize of the night, the Team of the Year Award, to the Female Football Team. Speaking of the Sports Awards Evening, Allan said: “It has been a fantastic night, I am very proud to present this award to such a dedicated group of young people.”

    Special thanks go to Ed Grady for organising the Awards Ceremony this year whilst Sport Lecturer Alex Bell is on maternity leave. He personally thanked Art, Design & Media Lecturer Julie Cheng for her dedication and work with the Netball team, with a special mention to student Lucy Pritchard for her achievement this year qualifying for the AoC Sport National Netball Team. Ed also thanked Public Services Lecturer Laura Stanworth for her support of the Rugby team, as well as Katie and Carla for their work with the girls’ Football team.

    Thursday 7 Jul 2016

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