News from 2018-2019

  • Selby College’s Class of 2019 celebrate fantastic destinations

    Selby College is celebrating the success of both its A Level and BTEC students today as the Class of 2019 came in to collect their results. It was revealed the students had achieved a fantastic 99.7% A Level pass rate across all subjects.

    Additionally, out of the 12 Level 3 Vocational subjects offered at Selby College, students have achieved an amazing 100% overall pass rate.

    The Exams team opened the doors to the College’s Sixth Form Academy at 8am this morning for those eagerly awaiting their results. Despite some nervous students on their way in, supported by teaching staff and parents, there were many happy faces, with a number of this year’s leavers heading off to esteemed Russell Group destinations across the UK including Durham University, University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham and University of Oxford.

    There are also a number of students progressing on to Higher Education at Selby College to study programmes such as HND Art & Design (Arts Practice) and HNC Business, HNC Computing, HND Hair and Beauty Management or the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Exercise Science.

    Selby College’s overall top A Level performers were Emily Morbey and Noah Modi.

    Emily, formerly of The Holy Family School, achieved triple A* grades in Biology, English Language and Mathematics. She is going on to study Human Sciences at the University of Oxford’s Keble College in the autumn. The top-performing student initially secured a place at the University’s prestigious Summer School last year, which confirmed her dream to study there.

    After opening her results and discovering she had secured a place at Oxford, a shocked Emily said: “I’m ecstatic, I was convinced I wasn’t going to get in. It will be such an amazing place to study a course that really interests me. It has been a great experience at Selby College – I’m so grateful for the support of my lecturers!”

    Emily is particularly interested in the Genetics and Evolution elements of the course that Oxford offers, following the taster she had of their degree programme last summer.

    The keen singer and guitarist added: “I’m definitely going to join the college’s choir!”

    Noah Modi, formerly of the Snaith School, performed equally well, achieving triple A* grades in Business Studies, English Literature and Psychology. He will be progressing on to a four-year Business Management Degree Apprenticeship with Greencore from September, and will gain his degree through a partnership with Nottingham Trent University.

    Noah said: “I would like to thank all my tutors at Selby College for their support. I’m excited to start my Management training with Greencore and to be working in industry, it’s a great opportunity with great prospects.”

    His mum added, “I’m so proud of his achievements, he has worked so hard.”

    Other students who achieved top results include Emily’s best friend Kate Settle, formerly of Selby High School, who achieved an A* in Psychology and A grades in Biology and Mathematics. She is going on to Newcastle University to study Psychology. Kate said, “I’m so happy about my results after all the hard work, I can’t believe it! I’m going out for lunch with all our friends to celebrate.”

    Ella Moxon, formerly of Selby High School, achieved A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. She is heading to the University of Leeds to study Medical Science in the autumn. Ella commented, “I can’t wait to start the next steps in my career. The teaching staff have been really helpful.”

    A Level students at Selby College also have the option of combining traditional A Level subjects with BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate options. Currently for September 2019 entry these courses include Information Technology, Applied Science and Applied Sport. These have the same delivery mode and UCAS points as A Levels but are more coursework based and a different specification than the A Level equivalents.

    Madeleine Goodare, formerly of the Holy Family High School, chose to combine her options and achieved an A in Psychology, B in Sociology and a Distinction* in BTEC Applied Law. She is going on to study Criminology at the University of Liverpool. Madeleine said, “I am so relieved to get such great results, I was up all night checking UCAS. I can’t wait to celebrate!”

    Madeleine, who has a keen interest in her chosen degree path, and is interested in a possible career in Victim Support said: “The combination of A Levels and a BTEC really worked for me. I’m really sad to leave College as I have loved my time here, I’ll miss seeing all my friends and favourite lecturers every day, but also I’m excited for university!”

    A number of our Level 3 students are collecting their final results today following changes in the assessment on their courses to include exam elements in: Applied Science (Jonathan Ellison and Lean Cannon all achieved D*D*D*), Business Studies (Scout Castle, Georgia Taylor and Mia Wilson all achieved D*D*D), Health and Social Care (Holly Howsam, Chloe Taylor-Yates and Abby Waddingham all achieved D*D*D), Sports Studies (Aidan Harding, Millie Kilgar and Connor O’Brien all achieved D*D*D) and Sport & Exercise Science (Aidan Kittridge achieved D*D*D and Georgia Dayes achieved D*D*D*). These full-time vocational courses are equivalent to studying A Levels.

    Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, said, “We are delighted by these results achieved by our Class of 2019. A pass rate of 99.7% across all A Level subjects represents their individual determination and hard work and we are pleased to see such a high number once again gaining places at Russell Group universities and some fantastic Apprenticeship routes in industry. The success of all students on both A Level and BTEC routes, is testament to the excellent teaching and commitment shown by our brilliant team, as well as support staff.”

    Selby College runs a successful Horizon Group programme designed to help high-achieving students secure a place at Oxford, Cambridge or other Russell Group universities with additional support and links to some of the UK’s best universities, including summer schools, work experience and mentoring to support UCAS statements.

    To find out more about our programme for high-achievers contact the Student Admin Team on info@selby.ac.uk or call 01757 211040.

    Thursday 15 Aug 2019

  • Selby College receives its fifth RoSPA Gold Medal for Health and Safety practices

    Selby College has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its students and staff get home safely at the end of the working day.

    The College has achieved another Gold Medal following nine consecutive Gold Awards in the internationally-renowned Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

    The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

    Ken Sharp, Selby College’s Health & Safety Adviser said: “I am delighted that the College has gained its ninth consecutive Gold Award, and our fifth Gold Medal, and would like to thank all of our staff for their contribution towards this achievement.”

    Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the Health & Safety calendar with new sponsors and new Awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work, Safe@Home Award and the Inspiration Awards. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA Award-winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

    The majority of Awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold Medals, President’s Awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

    Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including Construction, Healthcare, Transport and Logistics, Engineering, Manufacturing and Education.

    For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wednesday 7 Aug 2019

  • Selby College wins Silver Award for BTEC College of the Year 2019

    Quality Manager Shelley Bratton and Principal & CEO Phil Sayles with the BTEC Silver Award

    Selby College has been awarded a Silver Award in the BTEC Awards category for ‘BTEC College of the Year 2019’ in recognition of its outstanding dedication and commitment in providing BTEC subjects.

    The BTEC Awards recognise outstanding dedication to BTEC sectors and learning. The College currently offers BTEC courses in Business, Construction, Health & Social Care, Information Technology & Computing, Law, Public Services, Science, Sport and Travel & Tourism.

    The BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) Level 3 Extended Diploma is a Further Education vocational qualification taken in the UK. The qualification, which is organised and awarded by Pearson, is equivalent to A Levels.

    Selby College Quality Manager Shelley Bratton said: “This Silver Award represents the hard work and commitment from all of our BTEC teams to ensure that our students have a positive and successful experience on their Vocational course here at Selby College.”

    In total, 23 colleges entered the ‘College of the Year’ category, including some international colleges. 16 went through to Stage Two, with six institutions eventually awarded Silver and one Gold. 

    The College has been recognised by Pearson for achieving excellent grades, demonstrating a clear passion for the subjects, providing examples of high achievement and going ‘above and beyond’ in its commitment to extra-curricular activity.

    Speaking of the standard of the entries, President of UK Pearson, Rod Bristow said: “The passion and commitment from this year’s nominees has been incredible, so thank you for being a part of the BTEC Awards 2019.”

    The Silver BTEC Awards were introduced for the first time this year to recognise and encourage nominees who made it through to the finals by demonstrating outstanding achievements and commitment through their BTEC studies which are worthy of celebration.

    For more information about any of the courses on offer at Selby College, please contact our Student Admin Team on 01757 211040 or email info@selby.ac.uk. Alternatively, check out https://selby.ac.uk/about-selby-college/publication-scheme/full-time-application-forms-2019-20/ - it’s not too late to apply for September!

    Wednesday 31 Jul 2019

  • Matrix Standard Reaccreditation Success for Selby College

    Selby College Careers Officer Helen Howard and Student Admin Manager Helen Haslam with the Matrix certificate

    Congratulations and well done to those involved in Selby College’s recent Matrix reaccreditation.

    After successfully holding the Matrix Standard since 2004, Selby College has once again been successful in its reaccreditation following an assessment earlier this year.

    The Matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

    The College has maintained its high standards of information, advice and guidance (IAG) through continual improvement and monitoring focusing on clear leadership and direction across the whole organisation.

    Selby College Principal & Chief Executive Phil Sayles said: “Here at Selby College we offer all of our students excellent careers advice, coaching and support with UCAS – the Matrix reaccreditation demonstrates that we help our students to achieve the goals that build their careers and satisfaction in life, whatever their study route. The high-quality of our provision and the achievements of our learners are testament to this.”

    Key comments from Assessment Services assessor, Susan Smith, were that "IAG is managed with clear leadership and direction across the whole organisation. The College showcased a portfolio of student-centred support that is enabling both potential and current Selby College students to realise their desired learning, work, career and life goals."

    The report highlights "a passionate team offering wide-ranging support to students through the services delivered  staff are committed and enthusiastic. Resources are appropriate and are of good quality. Staff are a credit to the service, and students' experiences matched the service described.”

    The Student Admin Team can answer all your questions about courses and admissions, transport, bursary and timetables as well as careers advice, counselling and a wide range of other issues too. Call 01757 211040 or email info@selby.ac.uk.

     

    Tuesday 30 Jul 2019

  • Selby College revealed as ‘Best in Yorkshire’ for Degree Level Student Satisfaction

     

    Selby College’s Higher Education and Degree-level provision has come out as the ‘Best in Yorkshire’ for Overall Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) results.

    Overall Student Satisfaction came out at 93% for all programmes, which is significantly above the national average of 86%. This was for all two-year or more full-time equivalent Final Year students.

    This great news comes as the College launches its ‘Aspirations’ brochure and campaign highlighting higher and adult education opportunities available from September 2019.

    The National Student Survey is a survey of all final-year undergraduate students at publicly funded universities and colleges across the UK and gathers students' opinions on the quality of their courses. The 2019 survey was completed by more than 330,000 students from 403 universities, colleges and alternative providers across the UK.

    Selby College Principal & Chief Executive Phil Sayles said: "We are delighted that the 2019 National Student Survey results prove what we at Selby College know: we help our students to achieve goals that help their careers, earning power and satisfaction in life.

    “Working with our partners, the University of Hull and University of Huddersfield, we provide high quality and affordable courses locally, to learners who are not able or who do not want to study away from home.”

    While the majority of Selby College’s A Level students progress to universities, the institution has grown its Higher Education provision in recent years, and this is very popular with the hundreds of students on its high-quality technical and vocational routes, and with adults returning to education to gain professional qualifications to build their career.

    Student Matthew Duck, who has just completed a BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Sciences began studying at Selby College in 2013 on a Level 3 BTEC course. After he finished his studies he decided to study a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Exercise Sciences and then went on to study for a full BSc (Hons) degree within the subject.

    Matthew said: “Many factors influenced my decision to remain at College, the help received from tutors is much more effective, something I feel is lacking at the larger universities; there are also a lot more opportunities to gain quality feedback on performance with assessments and presentations.”

    He added, “The course fees are lower than at a university, meaning I do not have to worry about falling into large amounts of debt with loans upon completion of the course, as well as being able to live much more comfortably throughout the academic year.” 

    Selby College offers a range of Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, Foundation degrees and full degrees in Art & Design, Business, Computing, Early Childhood Studies, Engineering, Hair & Beauty Management, In-service Certificate in Education/PGCE (for Lifelong Learning), Learning Support and Sports Science.

    Friday 26 Jul 2019

  • Selby College Engineers breeze into bronze position at latest race

    Our Electric Car Engineering student team got back in the driving seat last week when they headed to the next Greenpower Education Trust qualifier at Blyton Park.

    After an early start for everyone to get to the race track near Gainsborough in time for the day’s briefing and practice races, later that day staff and students were delighted to hear the news from Engineering Subject Area Manager Graeme Woodhall that Selby College had come in 3rd place in the F24+ Round 10 Heat. Well done to the students and fellow Lecturer Mick Wilson for their dedication in the project.

    After the races, all the teams involved attended a prize-giving ceremony, where the four Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering students, Dan Callon, Sam Bygrave, Liam Dunn and Lauren Askin were presented with a very impressive trophy and medal!

    The project which has been sponsored by Drax, 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.

    Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

  • Selby College student selected to exhibit work at Origins Creative Arts Festival in London

    Selby College Media student Jack Howard, 18, has been selected to exhibit his work at Origins Creative Arts Festival taking place at the Truman Brewery at the end of July.

    Jack has just completed his second year on the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology at the College. His film submission entitled ‘Jennifer's Song’ caught the attention of UAL Awarding Body’s professional curators, Elliott Burns and Pita Arreola, who had received over 360 submissions for the festival.

    Media Lecturer Mike Young said: “We’re really proud of Jack’s submission and the future opportunities that could come out of this for him. The practical UAL course we offer here at Selby offers a great introduction to the media industry and develops the confidence you need to move into this field. Students will learn industry-standard techniques using professional equipment, with a focus on areas including filmmaking, editing, music video, photography and radio.”

    The aspiring film director is heading to the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, one of the UK’s best known film and television schools in the autumn to study for a BA (Hons) in Filmmaking, where he will learn how to produce films and develop his creative and technical filmmaking skills in drama, documentary and experimental film production.

    Jack’s film submission explores the story of a retired musician, Ronnie Lewis, who the public believe to have murdered his wife, Jennifer. Even his daughter blames him for her death. When the whole world seems to be against him, will Ronnie’s neighbour be able to pull him back into the world of writing music? And can he convince everyone of his innocence before the blame consumes him?

    The former Brayton Academy student has already had a taste of the film-making world after spending time on the set of Victoria at the Yorkshire Studios at Church Fenton during his studies. Having a major TV production on Selby College's doorstep has created some fantastic opportunities for the Media department’s students, who have been involved in work experience placements through links with their course tutors. Speaking of his time onset Jack said: “My dream is to become a film director. Visiting and working on Victoria is a step closer to this dream.”

    Origins Creative Arts Festival is organised by Awarding Organisation UAL Awarding Body and provides art lovers, critics, industry professionals from the creative sector, the chance to meet original 14-18 creative talent from across the UK.

    Origins Creative Arts Festival is a free festival showcasing creative works in Fashion, Performing Arts and Music to Sculpture, Fine Art and Creative Media from some of the UK’s most talented students at schools and Further Education institutions taking pre-degree creative arts subjects.

    Origins promises a unique first look at these as-yet-unseen future stars of the creative scene. Open to the public and expected to attract thousands of visitors over the three days, with entertainment on site, the programme includes an awards event to select the top work across each subject area, guest speakers, and performance tie-ins with Barbican Box. 

    Ross Anderson, Director, UAL Awarding Body said: "Origins Creative Arts Festival offers students the significant opportunity to exhibit their work. It gives them a moment in time where they can experience what it is like to be an arts professional."

    The exhibition is open to the public from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Truman Brewery, F block, S2, S3 and S5
    91 Brick Lane
    London
    E1 6QR

    Friday 26th July, 10:30am-5pm

    Saturday 27th July, 10:30am-5pm

    Sunday 28th July, 11am-4pm

    All students exhibiting at the Creative Arts Festival will have the chance to win a prize at the event’s private view. 

    For more information about Selby College's full-time Vocational Art, Design & Media courses click here.

    Thursday 11 Jul 2019

  • Selby College students lead the way in tackling plastic waste with Drax and Selby Council scheme

     

    Selby College students and staff are leading the way in tackling plastic waste, one bottle at a time, with a new scheme from Selby Council and Drax Group.

    The ‘bottle exchange’ is allowing Selby students and residents to swap their single use plastic bottles for a free reusable water bottle.

    The scheme kicked off at Selby College with over 200 bottles being exchanged at the first session and will be rolled out at Selby High School this week, along with other locations across the District, which are open to residents to use.

    Approximately 13 billion plastic bottles are used each year in the UK, but only 7.5 billion are recycled.

    Selby District Councillor and Executive member Chris Pearson said: “Reusable water bottles are convenient and environmentally friendly - and using one is cheaper than constantly buying single use water bottles. This initiative supports our existing network of free water bottle refill points which is supported by lots of local businesses in the Selby district.”

    Drax Group Head of Sustainable Business, Vicky Bullivant, added: “Too many of the plastic bottles used in the UK go to landfill – more than five billion each year, and they take around 450 years to biodegrade. We want to help change that and are proud to be part of a scheme which will help to reduce single use plastics in Selby.

    “Reusable water bottles are an easy and convenient way to stay hydrated on the go, and also can replace single use plastic bottles.”

    Local residents can get involved too, with water bottle exchanges available at a number of locations around the area, including:

    The Summit Indoor Adventure, Scott Road, Selby

    Regen Centre, Riccall

    Tadcaster Town Council

    Tadcaster Library

    Tadcaster Pool

    Barlby Library and Community Hub

    Selby Library, Micklegate, Selby

    SDC Contact Centre, Market Cross, Selby

    All single use water bottles exchanged as part of the project will be recycled.

    Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

  • Bonjour! Selby College students welcome local schools to Eurofest

    There was a competitive spirit in the air at Selby College when eighty excited Year 8 students from Barlby High School, Brayton Academy, Goole Academy and Holy Family Catholic High School arrived on campus with their props and products for a simulated trade fair as part of the annual languages event.

    Returning to Selby College for its eleventh year, Eurofest provides schools in the local area with a fun opportunity to try out their skills and demonstrate creative ideas with the additional challenge of conversing entirely in the language they are currently studying, which was French for the schools involved this year.

    After an introduction and welcome by Selby College’s Director of Curriculum and Head of Sixth Form Steve Fowler, the Deputy Mayor of Selby, Cllr Michael Dyson and Vice Chairman of Selby District Council, Cllr John Duggan kindly opened the event and cut the flag bunting alongside representatives from each of the schools and Selby College Student Ambassadors. They then visited the stalls to converse with the students using the role-play prompt cards designed to help guests at the event.

    The students from the four schools worked in teams to present their different stalls, using their language skills to sell everything from baked patisserie items, Krispie cakes, crêpes, fruit, sweets, chocolates, clothing and even homemade printed t-shirts from the aptly named ‘Le Petit Tee’ stand!

    Each school also had to enter a tourist information stand in the trade fair which highlighted the cultural experiences to be found in France and other countries.

    University of York PGCE Modern Language students and Modern Languages Curriculum Area Leader Mirjam Buehler-Willey joined Selby College staff, governors and teaching staff to judge the competing teams according to their ability to communicate in French and a variety of business ‘enterprise’ criteria.

    After taking part in an energetic trade fair to generate sales from the customers visiting their stalls, the pupils were split into groups to participate in 15-minute round-robin language workshops including Chinese, Welsh, Italian, Spanish, German and Sign Language. They also had the opportunity to take a tour with the student ambassadors to look around the College’s impressive Abbot’s Road campus and facilities before lunch and the Awards presentation.

    Each of the four schools were awarded overall ‘Best Stands’, ‘Star Performers’ who were given a certificate of merit for their efforts, as well as prizes for ‘Wow Factor’ and ‘Best Use of a Modern Language’.

    The budding entrepreneurs and language enthusiasts were given a goody bag and certificate in recognition of their achievement. Thank you to Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Wilko, Flamingo Land and Heaven & Home in Selby for their kind contributions. Thanks also to the students from the University of York and Mirjam Buehler-Willey for helping to run the language workshops.

    The Best Overall Tourist Stand went to Holy Family Catholic High School and the Overall Winning School for Eurofest 2019 was also Holy Family Catholic High School.

    Barlby High School MFL teacher Stephanie Fitzsimons said: “Thank you very much for organising Eurofest 2019. Our students had a great day and really enjoyed participating. We are grateful to Selby College staff for their time and effort into organising the event.”

    Heather Lister, Language Lecturer at Selby College and Eurofest organiser, added: "Eurofest is a great opportunity for local schools and the College to work together. The event allows young people to practise their language skills in a fun but educational way while also helping them recognise the value of being able to speak another language.”

    Tuesday 9 Jul 2019

  • Hospitality & Catering Bake-Off Stars raise over £500 for Breast Cancer Charity

     

    Selby College’s Level 2 Hospitality & Catering students and staff organised their annual ‘Great Selby College Bake-Off’ back in May, this time choosing to raise awareness for Secondary1st, a breast cancer charity close to the hearts of the department.  

    At a recent cheque presentation attended by Selby College Principal & Chief Executive Phil Sayles, the department’s staff and students were delighted to announce that the combined total from the bake-off and raffle had raised an amazing £528.40!

    Student Holly Lee took the lead on the bake-off and thanks to everyone’s efforts, the event was a huge success with a large number of home-baked goods brought in by staff and students from across the College competing for the title of Best Large Cake and Best Tray Bake. The standard of entries this year was very high as entrants battled for the top spots, with even the Principal getting involved and baking a batch of Brownies! After the judging was complete, the cakes were sold off in the Training Restaurant to raise money for the charity.

    The charity said of the donation: “Secondary1st is so grateful to the students of Selby College who held a bake-off and raffle to raise funds for vital research into secondary breast cancer. This is cancer that has spread from the breast to other vital organs in the body and there is currently no cure; secondary breast cancer kills nearly 1,000 women each month in the UK. This donation is hugely appreciated and will definitely help to raise awareness of secondary breast cancer. Thank you to all the students and staff at Selby College for all their efforts and hard work.’’

    Principal Phil Sayles added: “I would like to thank the Hospitality & Catering students and staff for the tremendous effort they have put in to the ‘Great Selby College Bake-Off’ and raffle. This is the largest amount raised by the bake-off so far, so well done to you all. A special thank you goes to Holly who took the lead on this event and even took raffle tickets to her part-time employment which helped raise the total considerably.”

    For more information about Secondary1st, please see https://www.secondary1st.org.uk/

    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!

    Friday 5 Jul 2019

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