News from 2018-2019

  • Selby College Futsal Team reach Semi Finals of FA People’s Cup

    Our Sport department's male Futsal team recently reached the FA People’s Cup final at St George’s Park on the 27th April. They progressed from the group stages to the knockout round, reaching the semi-finals, but unfortunately lost out to Boubacar 2-0 after beating them in the group stages 2-0.

    The team won two regional qualifiers at the University of Huddersfield in March to reach the finals at the home of England's national sides in the country's biggest five-a-side football competition. More than 5,000 teams took part in the FA People’s Cup this season with more than 27,000 participants playing across 15 categories.

    Well done to everyone involved, a great achievement!

    Thursday 9 May 2019

  • Construction Lecturer Shaun supports DIY SOS build in Scunthorpe

    Construction Lecturer Shaun Hallsworth, who is a joiner and carpenter by trade, was given the support of the College to get involved in the transformation of a home in Scunthorpe as part of BBC One’s DIY SOS: The Big Build programme from the 25th to the 30th April.

    The award-winning show, presented by Nick Knowles and his team of Billy, Mark, Chris and Jules, takes on extremely Big Builds across the country in just nine days. They completely rely on the support and generosity of the local community of tradespeople and suppliers to carry out the work, to help transform the lives of truly deserving families.

    Speaking of the project Shaun said: "It's important to me to give something back when the opportunity comes up. We want to give the family their house back and give them a good future." 

    Keystone Lintels who have already supported our Construction department with some donations, also offered to sponsor Shaun’s Selby College branded clothing for the build.

    We can’t wait to see the episode when it hits our screens sometime next year but until then the project and the house remains top secret!

    Tuesday 7 May 2019

  • Selby College Celebrates the Tour de Yorkshire

    Staff and students at Selby College have enjoyed welcoming the Tour de Yorkshire this week.

    Celebrations started the day before the Tour came to town, with a sponsored ‘wear blue and yellow’ day at the College, to raise vital funds for this year’s official Tour de Yorkshire charity, Help for Heroes.

    The fun continued on the day of the race with a ‘Tour de Campus’ at College in the morning, which saw staff and students whizzing around the campus on fun bikes, which proved the perfect way to warm up for the arrival of the official race in the afternoon.


    After covering the town's Tour de Yorkshire celebrations for Selby District Council back in 2015, six of our A Level Photography students and Paul Belshaw, Subject Area Manager for Art, Design & Media, were invited to again spend the day photographing the event. They braved the weather to get some amazing shots of the crowd scenes and community involvement across Selby.

    Selby College was very much part of the afternoon’s action with a stand in the Micklegate Fan Zone, where visitors were offered a go on a paint-spinning bike to take away their very own creations, which proved very popular with all ages! Each participant was asked for a small donation, which again helped to top-up the Help for Heroes bucket.

    The College also continued its glory from winning the Drax Greenpower Electric Car Race at the weekend, with our winning Engineering team leading the parade down Gowthorpe before the racers arrived. Barwic Parade CP School’s ‘Bolt the Bear’ car also featured in the parade, which College students really enjoyed helping the primary students put together. Both cars were then displayed proudly in Selby Abbey, with the rest of the race vehicles, for the remainder of the afternoon.

    Phil Sayles, Principal at Selby College, said: “We were absolutely delighted to be involved with the Tour de Yorkshire celebrations, as the main education provider for the community. It was great to see so many happy faces enjoying our paint-spinning bike and taking away their own creations, the perfect souvenir from a fantastic day for Selby! One of our key aims as a College is to get out into the community to help people across the district enhance their skillset and build rewarding careers with our support, so it was great to meet people on the day asking for our help with their next steps.”

    Friday 3 May 2019

  • Selby College take home the winner’s trophy at Greenpower Street Race

    After weeks of preparation and hard work, Selby College was delighted to win the Formula 24+ race at the Greenpower Street Race held in Hull City Centre on Sunday. The College’s car came in a whopping 6 minutes and 6 seconds ahead of the competition!

    Our students arrived bright and early at 7.30am yesterday morning to ensure they got some test runs on the circuit, in anticipation for the UK’s first electric car closed-road-race which was organised by the Greenpower Education Trust in collaboration with Green Port Hull.

    The students involved in the project include Dan Callon, aged 17 from Brayton, 16-year-old Sam Bygrave from Thorpe Willoughby, Liam Dunn, also 16, from Burn and 17-year-old Lauren Askin from Knottingley.

    Their self-build Kit Car, which was designed by the Trust, enables students to take part and race at motorsport venues at Greenpower organised events across the UK and further afield, with the international Final previously taking place at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

    The Selby College students were provided with the Formula 24 car, which can reach speeds of up to 30mph, thanks to an initiative by Drax Power, who also gave age appropriate Kit Cars to a number of other local primary and secondary schools, including Barwic Parade Community Primary School, who were led by the Engineering department’s teaching staff and used the College’s facilities.

    The racing team, who have been coming in to College early and even during the Easter holidays to test and make last-minute technical alterations to their vehicle are all currently studying for a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering on a combination of Mechanical and Electrical routes. The group have been supported throughout the project by dedicated Engineering staff including Subject Area Manager Graeme Woodhall and fellow Lecturer Mick Wilson.

    The project aims to inspire young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, as well as encouraging more girls to head into a previously very male dominated industry.

    To make the win even more special for one of the aspiring engineers, Dan, who drove the car over the finish line has also been given the amazing news that he has successfully gained an Apprenticeship with Drax once he completes his studies at Selby College!

    Speaking of the race, Dan said: "It’s been a great experience building the car with the rest of the team and then driving it was amazing. I can’t believe we won but it was the perfect ending.

    “I’ve learnt so much while we’ve been building the car. I can’t wait to move on to the next stage of my career with my Apprenticeship at Drax. I’m really looking forward to it.”

    Sam, who was the first to drive on the day, said: “It’s been really enjoyable with everyone working together to get the car built and ready for the race. We’ve learnt a lot from this project. I’ve never driven a car like this before!”

    Fellow student Lauren, who helped build the car, added: “It’s been a good experience and really fun to build.”

    Graeme said the competition was a real family affair in the end with the students’ parents joining staff to cheer them on at the finishing line. He said: “We are so pleased with the amount of support we have had in the lead-up to the race, Liam’s dad even provided the trailer to get the race car to the circuit!”

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal at Selby College, said: “We are absolutely delighted, winning the race is a fantastic reward for all of the hard work that the students and dedicated tutors have put into this project.

    “The best part about it is that it doesn’t stop here, more of our students will benefit from this initiative, because we can dismantle the car and get new students to re-build it each year. We are extremely grateful to Drax for all of their support. 

    “Our whole aim as a College is to give students the experience and skills they need for their future careers and it’s brilliant that Dan has this opportunity with Drax. We wish him all the best, as we do all our students.”

    The race team will be officially presented with their winner’s trophy at a special Hull Street Race Awards Dinner, hosted by Greenpower and Green Port Hull on Tuesday 21st May at the Guildhall in Hull to give all of those involved a chance to celebrate their achievements.


    Monday 29 Apr 2019

  • Selby College in top 10% nationally for Apprenticeship achievement

    Following the publication of the Government’s latest National Achievement Rate Tables, Selby College is delighted that once again the highly rated institution has come in the top 10% of Further Education Colleges nationally for its Apprenticeship provision. 

    The Achievement rate tables are the official measure of student success and demonstrate the percentage of students that were awarded a qualification on completing an academic year.

    The College ranks in 4th place out of 173 Colleges for Overall Apprenticeship Achievement, with a score of 86.2%. Selby College is also in the top 10% for its 16-18 Apprenticeship delivery, coming in 16th place out of 173 providers.

    If you are interested in an Apprenticeship route and leave school this summer or are looking for a career change you are welcome to come along to our Apprenticeships, Higher Education & Careers Evening on Monday 1st July from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Call 01757 211097 or email for more information about our current Apprenticeship programmes.

    Tuesday 23 Apr 2019

  • Selby College Construction Department build collaboration with Torsion Group

    Selby College’s Level 3 Construction students recently had a Q&A session with three members of Torsion Group’s Operational and Management team who came to visit the department.

    The students who are studying for the BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment were able to find out more about the company from this initial meeting and also about different pathways into Construction, career progression and job roles, the challenges the company faces and the key skills they would require to succeed in a very competitive and fast-moving environment.

    The UK-wide company, which was established in 2015 and has its Head Office at Thorpe Park, near Leeds, develops and delivers large accommodation-based schemes covering Student Accommodation, Care to Residential and Housing sectors. Torsion offers a solution-focused progressive approach to Construction that challenges traditional aspects of the industry, namely improving sustainability and safety as well as economic advantages.

    Following on from this session, the same group of students recently visited one of Torsion’s sites in Sheffield’s city centre. The seven-storey Bailey Street development, with a value of £14 million, will provide 220 bed student accommodation on completion.

    The Selby students were given an extensive tour by site managers, exploring all levels of the build, including bathroom pod technology and the physical structure. The specialised design concept sees large parts of the build constructed off-site using the latest Sigmat technology.

    Jacqui Dean Day, Lecturer in Construction and the Built Environment at Selby College said: "As a department we are really excited for the start of a fantastic long-term employer collaboration with Torsion. Working alongside employers ensures our students have the opportunities to really engage with the construction processes. It is essential that our students can ‘put the pieces together’ and are given a clear link from classroom theory sessions, to experiencing at first-hand how multi-million pound projects are delivered. Thank you Torsion for your valuable time, and the insight and passion for the industry you enthusiastically shared with our students!"

    To find out more about the range of Construction courses and routes available through Selby College, please contact our Student Admin Team on Tel: 01757 211040 or email

    Thursday 18 Apr 2019

  • The Easter Bunny visits Selby College for end of term treat

    The students of Selby College were lucky enough to receive a visit from the Easter Bunny last Thursday, to celebrate the start of the Easter holidays and a treat in advance of exam season looming!  

    Kindly sponsored by the Student Union, all students were invited to take part in the ‘Easter Extravaganza’ held outside over lunchtime.

    A delicious feast of burgers, hotdogs and sides was rustled up by Smokies BBQ, with LoubyLou’s Ice Cream van onsite to serve up some super ices and lollies, with free food and ice cream vouchers for the students to collect from the Student Union stand.

    The stall was also the starting point for an Easter Egg treasure hunt around the Jubilee and Sixth Form Academy buildings, with numbered clues and chocolate prizes for those that completed the hunt - and their names going into a prize draw to win an Easter Hamper!

    The Easter Bunny (who seemed to have a familiar voice and hop as he wiggled his tail!) handed out eggs to students and staff around campus and happily posed for a few selfies on the mound.

    Monday 15 Apr 2019

  • Yorkshire and Humber’s successful Institute of Technology Bid

    A consortium of colleges in the region, which includes Selby College, is delighted to have received the green light from the Department of Education to develop the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (IoT).  This is one of only 12 IOTs nationally, which are designed to increase higher level technical skills for employers.

    The IoT will bring investment of circa £10million of capital funding into the region for partners to invest in industry standard equipment and provide higher level technical training.  This massive training boost will enhance employment opportunities and ensure highly qualified employees for the regions’ employers.

    Other colleges in the consortium include: York College, Askham Bryan College, Bishop Burton College, Craven College, East Riding College, and Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education - who will work alongside two Higher Education providers; University of Hull and York St John University, to deliver the IoT in Yorkshire and the Humber.

    The bid has received significant levels of employer support. Digital and Engineering businesses ViSR, CATCH, Skipton Building Society, GB Recruitment and ENGIE Fabricom recognised the need for investment in education to address their wider skills shortages and have been signed up as employer partners to be involved in designing the appropriate curriculum, supported by research from the universities. These employers will be part of the governance of the IoT to ensure continued collaboration and long term benefits for the region.

    Ian Muir, Assistant Director for Engineering & Construction says: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of this prestigious Institute of Technology, which will enable us to implement state of the art learning technology which is required to deliver the new skills and knowledge required by industry. Our focus is going to be on the new Industry 4 automation technology which is being introduced to many of our local manufacturing companies.”

    Wednesday 10 Apr 2019

  • High-flying Travel & Tourism students spend the day with British Airways

    Our Level 3 Travel & Tourism students recently visited Heathrow Airport to participate in training hosted by British Airways. The trip supported the group’s Level 2 Air Cabin Crew qualification that they complete in their first year and activities included airplane evacuation, putting out a fire, safety talks and customer service tasks.

    The practical side of the qualification that is delivered as part of the day at Heathrow gave the group the chance to showcase their own service skills, whilst also learning more about the role of Air Cabin Crew, which many of this year’s cohort hope to progress onto after completing their studies.

    The BTEC National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism offered at Selby College is a two-year full-time programme. Units include Working as a Holiday Representative, Working as an Entertainment Representative, Tour Operators, Events, Visitor Attractions and Customer Services. There are also several work experience opportunities as part of this course which in the past have included Leeds Marriott Hotel, Carlton Towers, Premier Inn, Jet2 and TUI.

    The department works very closely with a range of employers and destinations to help the students gain industry insight and experience. Previous study visits have included Flamingo Land, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Spain, Morocco and Italy.

    To apply for the Travel & Tourism course at Selby College or to find out more, call our Student Admin team on 01757 211040 or email

    Friday 5 Apr 2019

  • Business students take a bite of the Big Apple on New York Trip

    The college’s Business students participated in the trip of a lifetime to New York at the end of half term last month. The group of 17, which included both A Level and Level 3 Vocational BTEC students, had the opportunity to visit some amazing landmarks and taste all the local delicacies the Big Apple has to offer, including lots of pizza, authentic American diner food at The Comfort Diner and of course fried chicken!

    Their Manhattan adventure began with a visit to the incredible Empire State Building. Once at the top, the students were met with some unexpected blizzard conditions and snowy views over the city’s island. They also had the opportunity to walk around the iconic Times Square and Broadway theatre district before taking the Subway back to their hotel, after an extremely tiring first day in New York!

    Over the course of a week the students went on to visit and enjoy tours of several special locations in New York, including; the Flatiron Building, Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park, the Observatory on top of the One World Trade Centre, the 9/11 Memorial, Grand Central Station, a tour and talk at Macy’s, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

    Later in the week the students had the opportunity to visit the Top of the Rock on the top floor of the Rockefeller Center and luckily, the weather was much calmer and clearer than their Empire State Building experience with some beautiful blue skies!

    On their final day the group got to explore a beautiful Central Park covered in snow and some of its attractions before heading home. The trip was a huge success and the group got to experience so much in the space of their four-day itinerary!

    Trip Leader and Business Lecturer Rehanah Hussain said: “The time and effort required to organise the trip is completely worth it to see the students enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For some, this is the first time they have been abroad. The group were exceptionally behaved throughout the trip – something that was commented on by the Virgin Atlantic crew and patrons at The Comfort Diner.”

    She added: “The students were also able to see how the theory they have been taught in class about Business and Marketing has been applied to the world-famous Macy’s department store. I am very proud of all the students and am so glad that they have had such a wonderful, jam-packed New York adventure… Now to start planning next year!”

    Thursday 4 Apr 2019

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