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News from 2017-2018

  • 100% pass rate for Selby College A Level students

    Staff and students are today celebrating news of the best ever A Level results at Selby College! It was revealed the Class of 2018 had achieved a fantastic 100% A Level pass rate across all subjects, with over 50% high grades and 22% at grades A*-A.

    The Exams team opened the doors to the College’s Sixth Form Academy bright and early at 7am this morning for those eagerly awaiting their results.

    Despite the visible nerves from students, teaching staff and parents, there were tears of joy all round, with this year’s leavers heading off to esteemed Russell Group destinations across the UK including Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University of Warwick and University of York. There are also a number of students progressing on to Higher Education here at Selby College to study programmes such as HND Art & Design.

    Selby College’s overall top performer Matthew Dales, formerly of Brayton Academy achieved A* grades in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and an A grade in Physics and Chemistry. He is going on to study Physics at Durham University. Matthew said, “I found my courses challenging but enjoyable as the teachers were really supportive. It has been a great experience at Selby College – all my lecturers have been brilliant!”

    The top female student, Madison Whitaker, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A* in Mathematics, an A in Further Mathematics and Physics, and B in Chemistry. She is going to Warwick University to study Mathematics. Madison who had to be woken up by her mum to come in and collect her results was one of the last through the door at the College. She said, “I am really pleased with my results, it hasn’t really sunk in yet!”

    Oliver Seaman, formerly of Brayton Academy, achieved an A* in Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. He is heading to Durham University in October to study Mathematics. He said, “I am really pleased with my results – I’ll be celebrating with my family first before heading out with friends! My maths lecturers at Selby were great.”

    Oliver’s girlfriend was also a high achiever - Ellie Bloxham, formerly of Selby High School, achieved A grades in Sociology and Psychology, and a B in History. She is going on to study Psychology at the University of Lincoln in the autumn and ultimately would like to be a Child Psychologist. She said, “Studying A Levels was a big step up from GCSEs, but I have really enjoyed my time at Selby College. The staff encouraged me to study independently which will help prepare me for university. They have high expectations and wanted me to achieve my best.”

    Peter Spencer, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A* in Mathematics, an A in Computing and Physics and B in Further Mathematics. He is going on to the University of Manchester to study Computer Science and Mathematics. He said, “I am really happy about my results, my family will be really pleased.”

    Nathan Creaser, formerly of Howden School, achieved an A* in Mathematics and an A in Physics and Chemistry. He is heading to the University of Nottingham to study Physics and is the first in his family to go on to higher education. Nathan commented, “I have made lots of friends at Selby and have really enjoyed my time here. The teaching staff are great – Sam Hunter, my maths lecturer is the best teacher I have ever had!”

    Beth Brown, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A* in Biology and History, and A in English Literature. She is going on to study History at Edinburgh University. Beth said, “I found it stressful but really rewarding now I have my results! I am extremely happy and have done better than I expected. I would really like to thank my lecturers, especially Alan Brown – he is a legend!”

    Anna Lindley, formerly of Brayton Academy achieved an A* in Biology and A grades in Chemistry and Psychology. She is going to the University of Manchester to study Midwifery. Anna said, “I am pretty surprised by my results but really pleased. We are going out for a big breakfast and then going into York for the day to celebrate. My family are really excited.”

    Adrian Szlosek, formerly of Brayton Academy, achieved an A in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He is going on to study Chemistry at York University. He has done exceptionally well as he didn’t speak a word of English 4 years ago!

    Richard Holliday, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. He is having a gap year to travel but has a deferred place at the University of Newcastle to study Biomedical Science.

    Georgia Dominic, formerly of Snaith School, achieved an A in Mathematics and Accounting, and a B in Law. Georgia has gained a place on the Apprenticeship programme at Price Waterhouse Coopers.  

    Lydia Stannard, formerly of Holy Family High School achieved an A in Business Studies and Accounting, and a B in Law. She is going on to Northumbria University to study Business with Financial Management. She said, “I am so relieved to get such great results. I am now going off to work so will be celebrating at the weekend!”

    Other high-achievers include Johnathan Ellerington, formerly of Goole Academy, who gained Business Studies (A*), English Language & Literature (A), History (B) and Law (B); Alexander Hinchcliffe , who attended Snaith School and gained Business Studies (A*), Law (A), History (B), and Luke Roche, who achieved Chemistry (A), Biology (A) and Further Mathematics (B).

    Allan Stewart, OBE, who is soon to retire after 26 years as Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, said, “We are delighted by these truly excellent results achieved by our students this year. To gain a 100% A Level pass rate across all subjects represents their determination and hard work and we are pleased to see such a high number once again gaining places at top universities. The students’ success is testament to the dedication and commitment of our staff.”

    Thursday 16 Aug 2018

  • Fundraising success for charity Mind

    Earlier this year, students and staff at Selby College put their baking skills to the test by taking part in the ‘Great Selby College Bake-Off’ event. The day was a huge success with students and staff bringing in their home-baked goods and competing against each other for the title of Best Large Cake and Best Tray Bake. The standard of entries this year was amazing as more than 30 students and staff battled for the top spot, with even the Principal Allan Stewart OBE, challenged to get baking by Guidance & Support Tutor Angie Hobden!

    After the judging was completed the cakes were sold off at a coffee morning in the training restaurant to raise money for York Mind, a charity close to the hearts of the department. We are proud to announce that £482 has been raised by staff, students and their families.

    Last week, Holly Bilton, a Community Fundraiser for York Mind and her colleague Hannah Hessle, a Befriending Manager for the Selby service, were delighted to come and meet the students involved and be formally presented with the cheque!

    Holly added: “We are so pleased that the students and staff of Selby College were able to create such a fantastic fundraising event! York Mind relies heavily on donations to continue our vital one-to-one and group-based support, so it is wonderful to know that such a brilliant total was raised. We’re so grateful to have received this donation, and we’re thrilled that everyone enjoyed themselves whilst raising the money too.”

    Speaking about the event, Angie said: “I was extremely proud of the effort the Level 2 Hospitality & Catering students put in to planning and organising the Bake-Off.  They worked incredibly hard encouraging staff and students to enter the competition, sourcing prizes for the raffle, and selling the cakes on the day. The event created a brilliant atmosphere in the restaurant and everyone had fun raising money for York Mind, a very worthwhile charity which we are happy to support.”

    For more information about York Mind, please see www.yorkmind.org.uk or call ‪01904 643 364‬.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the full-time Hospitality & Catering courses on offer at Selby College click here for course listings, applications are still open for September!

    Please follow the Facebook page @selbycollegerestaurant for information about lunch and afternoon tea availability and also themed evenings in the training restaurant. The restaurant is generally open term time on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes. Call 01757 211008 or email restaurant@selby.ac.uk to book.

    Friday 29 Jun 2018

  • First Year of Food & Drink Apprenticeship Programme a Great Success

    As the end of the academic year fast approaches, staff and students at Selby College are celebrating a successful 12 months on the Powerskills department’s newest Apprenticeship programme, Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance. Selby College was one of only nine colleges in England selected by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink to deliver the new apprenticeship in Engineering for the industry.

    Learners have travelled from a range of food and drink companies across the region including Haribo, Greencore, J.E. Hartley’s and many more to gain practical skills and experience in the college’s Doosan-sponsored Innovation Building.

    The Apprentices work on a multi-skilled training programme, which covers both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, so that they are able to maintain a wider range of equipment in their workplace. Many local companies have donated equipment to create a real-working environment in the Food & Drink workshop, including a conveyor belt from Coca-Cola, a heat shrink wrapper from Greencore as well as other machinery from Nestle, J.E. Hartley’s and Logopak.

    19-year-old Haribo Apprentice Jack Bucktrout from Castleford said, “The Food & Drink workshop has really enhanced my learning capabilities. It has helped me practically as well as academically, as I get hands-on learning experience which I can use at work too.”

    Fellow Haribo Apprentice Alex Robson, aged 24 from Ackworth, added, “The Apprenticeship programme has challenged us to build on our existing mechanical skills by adding electrical work, which we had not covered before. It gives us a broader understanding of the kind of machinery we encounter in the workplace on a daily basis and improves our maintenance skills as we have a better idea of how to fix equipment.”

    Assistant Director of Powerskills, Ian Muir said: “College staff have been working with industry experts in development of the new Apprenticeships for the Food and Drink Industry covering Engineering, Process Operators and Advanced Process Operators. The new Apprenticeships have been designed to equip young people with the skills and knowledge that will be required to maintain and operate the new automated technology being rapidly introduced in Food and Drink manufacturing. These are exciting times with many new opportunities opening up for young people.”

    If you are interested in applying for this course, contact Powerskills on 01757 211066 or email johnsonsu@selby.ac.uk

    Friday 29 Jun 2018

  • Hospitality & Catering demo at Howden Show

    If you are heading down to Howden Show on Sunday 1st July make sure you stop by the Food & Drink Festival between 11am-12noon where Selby College Lecturer in Hospitality & Catering Liz Brighton and student Beth Beadle will be cooking up a culinary feast as part of the demonstrations running throughout the day.

    Howden-based Liz and Beth, who is from Goole, have lined up some delicious recipes for the warm weather, including elderflower cordial, a pigeon breast and raspberry salad, a chocolate fondant and a panna cotta served with summer berries.

    Former Goole Academy student Beth, aged 18, has recently completed her Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery at Selby College, which also includes units from the Level 2 VRQ in Professional Food & Beverage Service. Beth has now progressed on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a chef with the newly opened Anna’s Happy Kitchen, Café & Farm Shop on the outskirts of Howden, and will continue to attend college one day a week to support her training.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the full-time and part-time Hospitality & Catering courses on offer at Selby College please come along and have a chat with Liz and Beth, or visit the information stand in the tent.

    Click here for full course listings and follow the Facebook page @selbycollegerestaurant for information about lunch and afternoon tea availability and also themed evenings in the training restaurant.

    Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

  • Travel & Tourism students take flight at Heathrow

    Last month, nine students on the Year 1 Level 3 Travel & Tourism course at Selby College were given the opportunity to spend a full day at London Heathrow Airport, training with British Airways staff as part of their NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Cabin Crew.

    In addition to the Level 3 Travel & Tourism course, students complete a Level 2 Cabin Crew course in their first year. The theory is delivered in the classroom by highly experienced British Airways Senior Cabin Crew member Jo Morris, before the practical elements are completed during a day-long visit to Heathrow, using British Airways’ full range of training services and facilities to gain a first-hand insight into the day-to-day role and requirements of cabin crew.

    British Airways trainers Kirsty Corden and Louise Fletcher were very impressed with the students’ knowledge and enthusiasm, commenting on their exemplary behaviour and eagerness to take part in the practical elements and answer questions.

    The visit includes time in a flight simulator to replicate what would happen during an emergency situation and landing, as well as how to take the brace position and use an evacuation chute to quickly and safely get out of a plane. They also had the opportunity to operate a floatation raft, give passenger instructions on board and follow the emergency procedures if a pilot is to be taken ill.

    The students learnt how to walk through a smoke-filled cabin, as well as how to safely extinguish a fire in the galley wearing appropriate safety outfits and also use the security checks they had been taught as part of the theory section of the course.

    Speaking of the group, Jo said: “I’m extremely proud of all the students, I was very impressed by the level of preparation they had put in beforehand to ensure they got the most out of the day at Heathrow with our trainers.”

    Each student received a certificate at the end of the training course which is recognised and highly valued by employers. This gives our students a huge advantage when applying for jobs in the industry as they can also talk about their hands-on experience at British Airways.

    To apply for the BTEC Level 3 Travel & Tourism course at Selby College or to find out more, call 01757 211040 or see our course listing here.

    Thursday 21 Jun 2018

  • Oxford Summer Success for Selby students

    Two students from Selby College have successfully secured places at Oxford University’s prestigious Summer School. Former Holy Family School pupils Emily Morbey and Beth Walker, both 17, recently discovered that they had been accepted for the university’s sought after Summer School programme, which is open to only 875 students nationwide.

    The Summer School is run by the university’s UNIQ programme, which aims to provide high-performing students from areas with a typically low number of Oxford applicants the chance to experience life at the esteemed institution. The Summer School is means-tested, so both students had to prove their high achievement at GCSE as well as writing a short personal statement. Statistics have shown that students who attend the UNIQ programme have a 40% chance of successfully applying to the university, which is double the typical average of 20%.

    During their week-long stay in July, Emily and Beth will get a true taste of Oxford life, staying in real student accommodation, attending lectures and seminars, and taking part in extra-curricular activities including a formal ball at the end of the week.

    Beth, who will study English for the week, said, “I am so happy to have been accepted onto the UNIQ course for English this July. I can't wait to study the subject that I'm so passionate about in more depth at Oxford and find out more about the university itself."

    Emily will get a taster of Oxford’s Human Sciences degree programme later in the year. She said, “I am really excited to discover what the week will hold and I hope the experience will act as a stepping stone into a top university for me in the future.”

    If you are interested in applying for next year’s Spring or Summer intake, you can find out more here: http://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/. To find out more about our Horizon Group for high-achievers contact Gemma France who is based in the GST Office in the LRC.

    Thursday 7 Jun 2018

  • Hands-on Learning Experience for Public Services Students

    Selby College’s Public Services department has received a donation of body armour from Leeds-based SafeGuard Clothing. The industry-standard bullet proof vest will be used by lecturers to illustrate the necessity for safety equipment for frontline service operatives and educate students on different standards. The aim is to create a more immersive, hands-on learning experience that will benefit students pursuing careers in law enforcement, the military and security services.

    The North Yorkshire college is the latest to take part in the company’s social initiative to provide materials and information that benefit students enrolled on Public Service courses to give them a unique insight into how safety equipment works.

    Public Services Lecturer Grant Gibson thanked SafeGuard Clothing for their generous donation, adding: “Having real-life examples from industry really helps students advance their knowledge and skills in their chosen field and creates vital learning opportunities”.

    Thomas Bowman of SafeGuard Clothing, said: “We have made it a priority to partner with local colleges such as Selby College to prepare them for the line of work they have chosen. We work very hard to implement an applied industry-based model in our manufacturing process; our continuing and strong collaborations with the Police, Ministry of Defence, Fire Service and Ambulance services have really enhanced the quality of our tactical vests.”

    SafeGuard Armour and Clothing is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of body armour and is involved in research and development for new materials to enhance the wearability of protective body armour for front line services.


    Find out more about our Public Services courses:



    Monday 21 May 2018

  • Public Services students join in with ‘Big Conversation’ for Youth Crime Commission

    Back in September, four of our second year Level 3 Public Services students, Chloe Williams, Connor Taylor, Lauren Zagorski and Jacob Feetham were selected to be part of a county-wide panel of just 20 young people to represent the North Yorkshire Youth Crime Commission on Police and Crime.

    The NYPYCC allows young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan.

    The commission’s volunteers carried out a ‘Big Conversation’ comprising of consultation events at colleges, youth clubs and other venues across the county, including Selby College, in order to gather the views of more than 1,500 young people. The co-ordination team came into college back in December to gain student viewpoints on three topical areas: Abusive Relationships; Missing Young People & Exploitation and Drugs & Alcohol.


    Following on from these discussions, in April, two of the Selby College student representatives, Jacob and Connor, were given a brilliant opportunity to deliver a presentation at the ‘Big Conversation’ Conference about how the panel has been listening to young people across the county to help advise police on how relationships and services for young people can be improved.

    Julia Mulligan and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain were in attendance at the forum, as well as a wide range of senior North Yorkshire Police officers, community police officers and volunteers so this was a big deal for the Public Service students to get involved! Well done!

    The Youth Commission comprises of up to 30 young people who are team players and willing to get involved. They are from a diverse group of young people who broadly reflect the make-up of the local population, including those who may have direct experience of the police and the criminal justice system. Anyone aged between 14 and 25 years, and living with the North Yorkshire policing area is eligible to apply to become a member of the Youth Commission.

    Find out more about our Public Services courses:


    For more information about the Youth Commission:


    Thursday 17 May 2018

  • Selby students host exhibition at Spark:York

    Photo: Frank Dwyer/York Press


    Students on the Higher National Diploma in Art and Design from Selby College have recently embarked upon an exciting artistic partnership with York’s newest arts and culture hub, Spark:York. The students worked closely with the Spark team to get the space ready for an exhibition comprising of samples from their current college final projects and some thought-provoking new pieces. The work on display is a mixture of Fine Art, Photography and Graphic Design.

    The students’ work will be displayed in a commercial event space in the city centre hotspot and includes a typographical piece using Yorkshire slang phrases, intended to spark friendly debate. Other pieces to be showcased includes photography of both the Yorkshire landscape and familiar sights from around the city captured in a different light, encouraging the viewers to look more closely.

    Kate Grafton, Lecturer in Art and Design said, “Spark have been really supportive in giving our students a platform from which they can share their work with the general public. All the students have produced different and exciting pieces and they hope the work resonates with the residents of York.”

    The official opening night of the exhibition is on Friday 11th May from 6 – 8pm, where people will have the opportunity to meet the artists who will be graduating from Selby College in a few weeks’ time. 

    The exhibition runs until the 24th May at Spark:York on Piccadilly.

    Friday 11 May 2018

  • Selby College student braves the shave for charity

    A Bricklaying Apprentice from Selby College recently took on a courageous fundraiser to raise money for UK cancer charity ‘Target Ovarian Cancer’. Joe Brooks, who took part in the college’s Bricklaying Skills Competition last month, was motivated by his mum’s ovarian cancer diagnosis four years ago, and decided to give something back to the charity which aims to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide support to women suffering with the disease.

    When the big day arrived on Friday 27th April, Joe was overwhelmed with the support he received from friends and family. He successfully raised £450, three times more than his original target of £150.

    Tuesday 8 May 2018

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