News from 2018-2019

  • Selby College supports Selby District Business Week

    We were delighted to host two Selby District Business Week events at Selby College earlier this month, supporting Selby District Council ’s (SDC) excellent, week-long initiative, which engaged over 300 businesses in total.

    The ‘Start, Grow, Inspire’ session showcased the progress made by local media firm Seven Video. Seven’s Paul Sherwood told the story of the business in conversation with SDC’s Julian Rudd and alongside Heidi Green offered advice to business owners in the audience, in an interactive Q&A session. Networking and a business exhibition rounded off the event.


    Later that day, the Selby District Economic Partnership Forum brought business owners and local leaders together to discuss skills and employment, with input from Nigel Adams MP, Annabel Jelley, from the Local Enterprise Partnership, and Selby College Principal Phil Sayles and Selby College Director of Business Services Stacey Calvert. Afterwards, visitors went on a tour of Selby College’s excellent training and education facilities.

    The week showcased Selby District as a supportive and exciting place for businesses to set up, flourish and grow, with proactive support from the local council. Selby College is working as a key part of the mix, to help businesses find and train the skilled workforce they need.

    Tuesday 19 Mar 2019

  • National Apprenticeship Week Awards success at Selby College

    On Thursday 7th March, as part of National Apprenticeship Week, Selby College was delighted to host the National Apprenticeship Week Awards, in conjunction with Selby District Council.

    Selby College is one of the largest providers of Apprenticeship training in the area and successfully works in partnership with a wide range of employers across Yorkshire and the Humber. We offer a vast range of Apprenticeships across a variety of sectors including Accounting, Hair and Beauty, Business, Catering, Children and Young People, Construction, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, IT, Retail and more.

    Phil Sayles, Principal & Chief Executive for Selby College, said: “The National Apprenticeship Week Awards celebrates and recognises the achievements of Apprentices and the benefits they bring to local businesses. Thank you to all of the sponsors who have donated prizes for our deserving winners and runners up. It has been a fantastic year for student achievements, and we are delighted that you could share this evening with them.”

    It was a brilliant event for everyone involved, and great to see so many employers and family in attendance to support all of the nominees. Congratulations goes to every Apprentice that was nominated on the evening and of course all the winners!

    Many thanks to our guest speaker Warren Limbert, Managing Director of Lambert Engineering, and also the judges, Laura Mason, CEO NYBEP; Beverley Trees, Enterprise Officer – Skills York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP, and Bryn Sage, CEO Inhealthcare and Councillor for Selby District Council.

    Speaking of the evening, the judges said: "Being asked to join the judging panel for the Apprentice Awards has been, for each of us, a privilege. The range and diversity of the candidates across the board has been excellent, so much so that it has challenged us in making our choices.

    "The background behind these nominations demonstrates the great value and achievement each individual has contributed to the businesses they work for. By nominating these candidates their employers are showing their commitment to and value of their apprentice’s contribution.” 

    Business Support Apprentice of the Year:

    Winner - Joshua Ross (Genius IT)

    Runner-up - Tayla Parkinson (Press Association)


    Construction Apprentice of the Year:

    Winner - Thomas Wilcock (Selby District Council)

    Runner-up - Joshua Gibson (Aquarius of Howden)


    Engineering Apprentice of the Year:

    Winner - Zach Hampshire (Lambert Engineering)

    Runner-up - Cameron Farley (Jet Art Aviation)/ Adam Holloway (Tesla Automation)


    Food & Drink Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year:

    Winner - Richard Khalsa (ABP Food)

    Runner-up - Luke Nicholls (Greencore)


    Health, Public Services & Care Apprentice of the Year

    Winner - Christina Langshaw (Carefound Home Care)

    Runner-up - Tracy Vitty (North Yorkshire County Council)/ Joshua Bucknall (Club Doncaster Foundation) 


    Commercial Enterprise Apprentice of the Year

    Winner - Joshua Tolson (The Oaks Golf Club)

    Runner-up - Luke Knight (Knights of Pontefract)


    Hairdressing/Barbering/Beauty Apprentice of the Year

    Winner - Jessica Moore (Nico’s Barber Shop)

    Runner-up - Keira Brennan (J&A Hair Studio)


    Young Apprentice of the Year (16-18 year old)


    Winner - Thomas Wilcock (Selby District Council)

    Runner-up - Joshua Ross (Genius IT)


    Adult Apprentice of the Year (19+)

    Winner - Christina Langshaw (Carefound Home Care)

    Runner-up - Richard Khalsa (ABP Food)


    Thank you again to our Award Sponsors:, White Rose Finance, Doosan Babcock, Birchall Food Service, Caddick Construction, Legal & General - Modular Homes, Lambert Engineering, Jet Art Aviation, Hitachi, Club Doncaster Foundation, Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, Yorkare, DC Training, Highfields, The Oaks Golf Club, Larchfield Manor, Selby College, LeighTec Systems, Backoffice Nationwide and Montgomery Hair & Beauty.





    Monday 11 Mar 2019

  • Barratt Homes supports Selby College Construction students

    From left to right, Elisabeth Cratchley, Learning Resources Manager, Jacqui Goulden, Lecturer in Construction (centre), Selby College Principal Phil Sayles and Barratt Homes Sales Adviser, Sarah Crawford

    Local housebuilder, Barratt Homes, is encouraging Selby College's Construction students to write the next chapter of housebuilding by donating a selection of educational books worth over £250 to help with their studies.

    The initiative is in association with Barratt’s Barley Fields development, located in nearby Barlby and a short drive away from the College. The development’s Sales Adviser, Sarah Crawford, was present to hand over the books to the students, who appreciatively accepted.

    The books were donated for use by Level 3 Construction and Built Environment students, to develop their existing knowledge base and their overall skill-set.

    Barratt Homes is committed to supporting the communities in which it builds, and is dedicated to helping improve the future of the Construction industry through activities and donations such as this.

    Jacqui Goulden, Lecturer in Construction at Selby College, said: "We’re thrilled to have support from Barratt Homes; the book donation was a very thoughtful gesture and will help ensure our Construction students have access to books that they rely on for their studies. We will absolutely make use of the books for years to come."

    Sarah Crawford, Sales Adviser at Barley Fields, commented: "We’re keen to encourage more young people into Construction, which can be a very longstanding and rewarding career. With Selby College so close to Barley Fields, we thought this was a brilliant opportunity to engage with the local students and hopefully inspire them to study hard. We look forward to hearing the success stories from Selby College and who knows, one day these students could become part of Barratt Homes’ Construction team!"

    To find out more about the range of Level 1 to 3 Construction courses on offer at Selby College including Bricklaying, Electrical Installation and Plumbing & Heating click here.

    For more information about Barley Fields, visit or call 01757 701 843. Barley Fields is open Monday 12:30pm – 5:30pm and Thursday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:30pm.

    Wednesday 13 Feb 2019

  • Selby District brings opportunities for Media students at the Yorkshire Studios

    This year is set to see the return of ITV’s hit drama, Victoria, which has been filmed right here in Yorkshire. The majority of filming has taken place at the Yorkshire Studios, situated at Church Fenton. And it’s here that there are plans in place to develop a new 'creative hub' to support hundreds of new jobs in creative industries.

    It’s just one of several major development sites in the area which Selby District Council has been supporting as part of its work to drive investment and create new opportunities for its residents.

    Even as it stands, the Yorkshire Studios at Church Fenton offers fantastic opportunities for people in the area. This includes students attending Selby College. Having a major TV production on the College's doorstep has created some fantastic links for students, some of whom have been involved in work experience placements. These are opportunities that would usually only be available to young people studying in the UK’s largest cities.

    Mike Young, Media Lecturer at Selby College, takes up the story. “It puts into perspective the theories and techniques we’ve taught them at College as they can see this happening in ‘the real world’. It also whets the appetite of some students as seeing a working production gives them a bit more career direction.

    “These visits to the studios are on-going as we try to visit at least once a year and send students on some kind of work experience,” added Mike.

    One Selby College student who is benefiting from access to the film studios at Church Fenton is 18-year-old Jack Howard, who is studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology and wants to become a film director.

    Jack enthused, “We’re incredibly lucky to have the studios so close to the College. Most colleges just offer theory for a course like mine, but I can gain really useful and enjoyable practical knowledge and experience.

    “So far I have had one day on the set of Victoria, which was fascinating and rewarding. Its size was stunning. But I am now down for work experience at the studios, which will involve every aspect of film production. I regard myself as so fortunate to be able to have such relevant work experience on my doorstep,” said Jack. “Fellow students who have done work experience there have learned so much.”

    He added: “My dream is to become a film director. Visiting and working on Victoria is a step closer to this dream.”

    In addition, over the past few years, the College has seen its Apprenticeship programmes grow significantly as local employers recognise the quality of the training provided and young people see the high rates of students gaining employment after being on one of the College’s courses.

    The link-up between the College, the owner of Church Fenton - Chris Makin, and production company - Mammoth, is an example of why the College is so successful and what Church Fenton has to offer. The fact that Victoria is being filmed in the heart of the Selby district has a wide range of positive knock-on effects, but one of the most important is the educational benefit. Just ask Mike Young and his Creative Media Production students.

    Find out more about this case study and other positive local impacts of the council’s work to support growth.

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



    Monday 11 Feb 2019

  • The Skills Network and Selby College collaborate to inspire the next generation of students

    Selby College has recently received a very generous donation from The Skills Network.  

    The donation has enabled the purchase of a state-of-the art laptop workstation, complete with cutting-edge graphics on a 4K screen and a digital sculpting tool. This new technology support students studying ICT, Media and Technology.

    With advanced Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities, the new workstation enables the College to not only portably deliver VR teaching and learning across the college campus, but to also engage with local, surrounding schools as part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects.

    The new workstation has also benefited a number of autistic students at the college. Through using the workstation, a weekly Gaming Club has been established, which has enabled the students to access VR, and digital sculpting and programming technologies.

    Catlin Foley, a Level 2 ICT student at Selby College, spoke about how the technology has inspired her:

    “I have found using the new workstation really beneficial and it has got me thinking about a career in game design, particularly 3D sculpting, after I discovered I have a bit of a talent for it!”

    David Storey, Subject Area Manager for ICT and Computing at Selby College, said:

    “It was such an amazing gesture from The Skills Network when they made this donation to us and unexpected too. Very few employers truly understand the amazing strengths and qualities that a young person of college age can bring to an organisation as a new employee, but The Skills Network have always just ‘got it’. This token of TSN’s appreciation for the many young people that they have given opportunities to and benefited from in the process, is rare and very much appreciated. True local community spirit at its best!

    Thank you so much TSN!”


    Visit The Skills Network Blog to read more. 

    The Skills Network are one of the UK’s leading training providers, specialising in online distance learning courses which support educators, employers and learners access the accredited training and educational content they need.

    Wednesday 6 Feb 2019

  • Principal Phil Sayles leads a College Tour

    On Friday 25th January, Principal Phil Sayles and Deputy Principal Liz Ridley, welcomed some guests on a tour of the College Campus.

    Chairman of Selby District Council Cllr David Buckle accompanied by Susan Buckle, joined Mayor of Goole Cllr Richard Walker, Mayor of Snaith & Cowick Cllr Richard Lyons, and the Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council Cllr Margaret Chadwick and Chad Chadwick to visit different areas of the college, and met with several subject lecturers to discuss the courses available at Selby College.



    The tour began in the Innovation building. The group met with Graeme Woodhall, the Subject Area Manager for Engineering. Graeme explained that the building was sponsored by Doosan Babcock, a specialist in the delivery of engineering, aftermarket and upgrade services to the energy sector. Graeme led a tour of the workshops, demonstrating the use of different machinery, the group also observed students in the workshop and learnt about different engineering techniques – including 3D printing and the future of these machines.


    The group then walked across to the neighbouring Renaissance Building and observed a class of Art & Design students. The students each discussed their individual work, how long each creation had taken and the inspiration behind each piece. They also visited the College's impressive photography studio and met with the Subject Area Manager Paul Belshaw, and discussed the excellent photography facilities available at Selby College. 



    Following this, the tour visited the Aspiration Building. Lecturer Shaun Hallsworth and Subject Area Manager Andy Wiggins demonstrated the different materials used within their Construction classes, and how each machine offers valuable skills for trade careers such as electricians or plumbers. They also learnt the how safety measurements are essential in the workshop and explained the processes they currently use. 


    The final subject tour took place in the Sixth Form Academy building. Our visitors met with Alex, an ICT student with a passion for creating computer games. They watched as he showcased his recent work. He explained the time and work that’s needed to build a game, presenting where he was at after a week’s work and what he hoped to achieve in the future.

    To conclude the tour, the guests enjoyed a meal in the College on-site restaurant, which was served by Hospitality & Catering students. The restaurant is regularly booked out by visitors from Selby and the surrounding villages. It provides delicious three-course meals on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes, and special themed evening meals.  


    Wednesday 6 Feb 2019

  • Game, Set and Match - inspiring the Business minds of the future at Selby College!

    The Business department at Selby College had a busy Autumn term with an inspiring trip to south London to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club on their Business of Wimbledon Education Programme back in October. The A Level students got a guided tour of the grounds, visited the museum and were given a presentation on how the Club manages to maintain its position in such a competitive sporting calendar, as well as a look at the history of the Championships, the brand, revenue and future investments for the tournament.

    The Level 2 Business students then had the opportunity to spend the day at MediaCityUK in Salford for a tour of the BBC studios in November.

    Looking ahead to this year they have a trip to the Jaguar Land Rover Visitor Centre in Solihull planned for February and a trip to New York in March for both BTEC and A Level students.

    To find out more the Vocational Business courses we offer at Selby College click here or here for the A Level course options.

    Wednesday 9 Jan 2019

  • Looking back on another year of success at Selby College

    Staff, students, sponsors, governors and family enjoyed a festive evening at Selby Abbey on Friday 14th December for the College’s 26th Annual Awards Evening.

    Guests celebrated the successes of nominated A Level and Vocational students as they received their awards for Effort & Achievement or Best Student in their respective courses, as well as a number of special Unique Awards. Select staff members also received their awards for 20 or 25 years’ long service.


    Last year the college celebrated its best ever A Level results with a fantastic 100% pass rate across all subjects, with over 50% high grades and 22% at grades A*-A, putting Selby College in the top quarter of school sixth forms and colleges in the whole country.

    Many of December’s award winners achieved these impressive A Level results and returned for the Awards Evening, after heading off to esteemed Russell Group destinations across the UK, including Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester and University of York.

    A number of students also progressed on to Higher Education at Selby College in the Autumn to study programmes such as HND Art & Design, of which, some of their work was exhibited within the Abbey on the Awards Evening, exploring and celebrating the building’s 950 year anniversary in 2019.

    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 both Physics and Chemistry. Matthew went on to study Physics at Durham University and received the award for Best Student for A Level Mathematics.

    Winner of the Allan Stewart Award for Individual Effort and Achievement and the top female student, Madison Whitaker, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A* in Mathematics, an A in Further Mathematics and Physics, and a B in Chemistry. Madison was still completing her first term studying Mathematics at Warwick University, so she came into College just before Christmas to personally receive her award from Principal Phil Sayles.

    For the seventh year running Selby College was proud to present the Awards in association with the main sponsor Doosan Babcock, with Commercial Manager Doug Skelton representing the company on the evening. Doosan Babcock are the industry specialist in the delivery of engineering, projects, aftermarket and upgrade services to the thermal power, nuclear, oil and gas, petrochemical and process industries.

    In addition to our main sponsor, there were also attendees from local and regional firms and groups who sponsored individual awards. Sponsors included BDO LLP, Club Doncaster, Drax Power, John Wright Electrical, JWP Creers LLP, Keith France Electrical, NFU Mutual Selby, Press Association, Russums, RSM UK Tax and Accounting Ltd, Rollits LLP, Selby College Corporation and Thornes Independent. Individual sponsors included Selby College’s recently retired Principal Allan Stewart OBE, Mary Goldthorpe, who founded the college’s Fashion Department, and John Cattanach, District Councillor for Cawood and Wistow.

    Francis Loftus, Chair of Corporation, formally opened the ceremony, followed by a Christmas carol from the Selby Abbey Choristers. Councillor Mark Crane, Leader of Selby District Council was the evening’s key speaker and presented the Awards to the students. Principal and Chief Executive Phil Sayles spoke about the College’s major achievements over the past year and congratulated each of the award winners, proudly stating, "Selby College challenges students to find their ambitions - their own horizon, to aim for it and to reach it".

    Guests also enjoyed a fantastic performance of two original songs from Selby College’s former Music Performance & Production student Fiona Lee, who was also an award winner on the night. Fiona completed her studies back in the summer and has recently been been chosen by PRS, the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development as one of the winners of the prestigious Lynsey de Paul prize for emerging female solo music creators. As well as speaking at a BBC Introducing Live Event in London, Fiona has also been busy recording her album due out in the New Year.

    The current Selby College Student Union President, Dottie Robinson helped close the event with her ‘Vote of Thanks’. Dottie explained the work of the Union, stating: “This year the Union are focusing on student well-being and experience, as well as continuing our campaign focused on mental health.”

    The President recognised the tutors for their time and effort over the past year, saying: “So much work goes on behind the scenes for the students to achieve the wonderful grades they do, and every member of staff plays their part in this learning journey.

    ‘On behalf of the current student body of Selby College, we wish you the best of luck in your chosen paths as you go forth and make your future your present.”

    Wednesday 2 Jan 2019

  • 950 Years – An interpretation by Selby College HND Art & Design Students

    Selby College’s Higher Education Art and Design students recently exhibited their work in Selby Abbey.

    The art explored and celebrated the vast history of the Abbey, influenced by the upcoming 950th anniversary of the building.

    950 years is a substantial time for a building to stand, and over those years the Abbey has gained an extensive history. The students used archive material and first-hand knowledge of its history to create art that visually portrays the building’s turbulent life. 

    If you would like to find out more about the Higher Education courses at Selby College, call 01757 211114 or visit:

    Friday 14 Dec 2018

  • Selby College had some very special visitors!


    Students met Labradors Alfie, Ted, Zorro and Zelia from Guide Dogs Beverley this week.

    They learnt about the life of a Guide Dog, their training and the help they provide to a person in need. Groups of students shared their time with each dog and their owner. They were able to ask the dogs' owner questions about the Guide Dog's lives, the training process, how each owner obtained their dog and how they assist with everyday challenges.

    Students were surprised to learn the cost of training a Guide Dog and how fundraising and donations are needed to keep the services running. 

    Guide Dogs Beverley currently supports around 170 Guide Dog owners in a range of areas including the city of York, the Selby District, Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

    A special thanks to Nicola from Guide Dogs Beverley for spending the day inspiring students and raising awareness about Guide Dogs at Selby College. 

    If you'd like to donate to Guide Dogs Beverley, or if you'd like to find out more about the charity, please visit their website:

    Wednesday 28 Nov 2018

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