News from 2019-2020

  • Selby College’s Health and Safety Advisor retires after 17 years of service

    Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College and Ken Sharp, who has now retired from the role of Health and Safety Advisor at the College

    Ken Sharp, Health and Safety Advisor at Selby College, has today retired after more than 17 years at the College.

    Selby College staff gathered on the campus grounds to say goodbye to Ken, where a socially distanced presentation was held.

    Ken was presented with a copy of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) President’s Award for outstanding health and safety performance, which Ken has played a leading role in helping the College achieve.

    The Accolade is presented to organisations who have received 10 Consecutive Gold ROSPA Awards, which highlights the College’s commitment to ensuring a safe learning and working environment year on year.

    Alongside the Award, Ken was also presented with a pocket watch by his fellow colleagues as a leaving gift.

    Ken said: “I’ve been at the College for 17 years and I hope that I have made a difference in my time here and in keeping our staff and students safe. I wish my colleagues and the College all the best for the future.”

    Since starting at the College in 2003, Ken has helped to shape and implement the College’s health and safety strategy.

    Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College, said: “It’s brilliant to see so many of our colleagues join us today, albeit that at a distance, in saying thank you and fond farewell to Ken. During his time at the College, Ken has made a significant impact and has played an instrumental role in helping the College achieve 10 consecutive RoSPA Awards and as a result of this, RoSPA’s prestigious President’s Award. This is unprecedented and highlights Ken’s commitment over the years in creating a safe College environment for both our students and staff - and we would like to thank Ken tremendously for this.”


    Monday 19 Oct 2020

  • Drax to boost skills and training with five-year Selby College partnership

    Energy company Drax has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to skills and training, supporting education across the North with a £180,000 partnership with Selby College.

    The five-year partnership will enable the college to deliver community education programmes, as well as support for retraining, to ensure students are developing the skills needed in innovative clean technologies which will help to drive a zero carbon economy.

    Upgrading Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal has transformed the business to become the largest decarbonisation project in Europe, protecting jobs and preserving the life of the power station.

    Located just outside Selby in North Yorkshire, Drax is now the UK’s largest single site renewable power generator and pioneer of cutting edge negative emissions technology, Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) which could enable the company to go even further and become carbon negative as soon as 2030.

    Bruce Heppenstall, Drax Power Station Plant Director, said:

    “Through this partnership with Selby College we are looking beyond the Covid crisis towards a green economic recovery, powered by talented people and exciting, innovative technologies, like BECCS which Drax is pioneering.

    “This partnership with Selby College will help people in our communities to learn the skills needed to pursue jobs in the green economy, and enable companies like Drax to continue to grow, and build a strong regional economy with thriving communities.”

    Selby College been educating students in the heart of North Yorkshire for more than 35 years, providing education and training opportunities for more than 5,500 students, aged 16 right up to 70+.

    Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, said:

    “We are delighted to be launching this partnership with Drax. Selby College is committed to supporting the community and has a strong track record of working with industries to understand their needs and develop tailored training packages to support workforce development. Creating education programmes that support upskilling and retraining are crucial for the UK as we look to the future, creating a green workforce that employers like Drax need.”

    The package of support from Drax will see the college:

    • Hold a series of events starting with a virtual conference on Green Energy in the spring, with high-profile key-note speakers, to help inspire students from local secondary schools to pursue careers in the sector
    • Invest in ICT equipment to help even more students to study both in college and at home, making sure that no young person or adult learner is left behind if they need to self-isolate due to coronavirus.
    • Purchase new science and engineering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for students and support investment in state-of-the-art equipment over the next five years to support learning.

    Nigel Adams MP, Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty, said:

    “This is a perfect partnership, Drax at the forefront of developing and introducing new technologies for zero carbon energy generation and Selby College at the forefront of providing students with the knowledge and skills on which to build a successful career.

    “I know both organisations very well and supported Drax in the conversion to green energy generation and must thank Selby College for their long-standing commitment to local employment including apprenticeship training and hosting my Jobs Fairs. This partnership will open up new opportunities for local people and enable them to develop the skills needed for our future. They will both continue to have my full support.”

    Drax is working with a number of businesses on the Zero Carbon Humber initiative which aims to deploy carbon capture and hydrogen technology to decarbonise the UK’s largest industrial cluster by 2040.

    Stephen Parnaby OBE, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

    “The Humber region is the most carbon intensive in the UK – using cutting edge technologies to  decarbonise businesses here will make a significant contribution to the UK’s climate targets, whilst protecting 55,000 jobs.

    “A skilled workforce is essential – the partnership between Drax and Selby College will play an important role in helping to create a cleaner environment for future generations whilst delivering new jobs and export opportunities for British businesses.”


    Notes to editors:

    • Drax has a history of supporting education and skills in the communities local to its operations. Earlier this year it invested more than £750,000 in support for its customers and local communities during the Covid-19 crisis, including donating 853 laptops to 50 schools and colleges across the country, including 412 to 20 schools across Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire
    • Prior to the covid crisis, around 12,000 people visited Drax for educational tours each year, many of whom were students, visiting as part of Drax’s efforts to work with schools and colleges to promote Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects
    • To ensure school pupils didn’t miss out on these important tours and valuable experience of the world of work during the Covid-19 crisis, the company has created virtual tours for people to access online and has also teamed up with Oak National Academy to provide virtual work experience to students.
    • In December last year Drax announced its world-leading ambition to use BECCS to permanently remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it produces right across its operations – creating a negative carbon footprint for the company by 2030 and making a significant contribution towards the UK’s net zero target.
    • BECCS at Drax could underpin a Zero Carbon Humber whereby other industrial businesses in the region could tap into the same carbon transportation and storage infrastructure enabling the wider decarbonisation across the region.
    • Selby College’s 5,500 students have access to courses ranging from entry level up to degree courses, including NVQ‘s in Engineering, Construction, Administration, Health and Social Care, and Hairdressing

    Thursday 15 Oct 2020

  • Ex-student Kurtus Auty returns to Selby College following stint on Master Chef The Professionals to discuss his successful career as a chef

    After starting a successful career as a chef at restaurants such as Pucci in Mayfair and Mere by Monica Galetti, as well as a stint on Master Chef The Professionals in 2019, Kurtus Auty has returned to Selby College to speak to students about his experience and life as a Chef. This included how he started his journey as a chef at Selby College, how he balanced work and College to moving to London with £600, working with Gordon Ramsay, his time on Master Chef, lockdown and his future plans.

    Kurtus Auty, former Catering student at Selby College

    What are you doing now?

    I’m looking to move back to the Selby area from London to start work locally.

    How did Selby College help you get you to where you are now?

    Selby College gave me the confidence to get into the hospitality industry. My tutors Adrian and Liz helped point me in the right direction and taught me the skills I needed to achieve my dream career. The College provided me a stepping stone into what I wanted to do next.

    If you could pass on any advice to current students, what would it be?

    Achieving a balance between your College work and work outside of College is extremely important, you need to make sure you are not working too many hours alongside your course or you are going to burnout. It’s important to learn first to get the knowledge and skills needed before you go into work. It’s important not to do all the hours working to make someone else happy, you need to focus on you and your career.

    Finally, listen. Listen to everything and take it onboard to help you.

    Kurtus’ Goal: Wants to open his own restaurant.

    Students found Kurtus to be relatable as he started in the exact same place as they are in now, they also described him as an inspiration.

    Monday 12 Oct 2020

  • Selby College enhances its wellbeing offering with new NHS partnership

    Ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10th, Selby College has announced it has expanded its mental health and wellbeing offering with a new NHS-based mental health and emotional wellbeing service.

    This move is a part of the College’s whole approach to mental health and wellbeing and will provide staff and students with additional support across the College.

    A team of Councillors from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust - which provide mental health and learning disabilities services across North Yorkshire and York – are working alongside the College’s Counsellor Lorraine Fisher and Guidance Support Tutors (GSTs) to provide advice for those who may be struggling, as well as to help raise awareness of problems young people commonly experience.

    “The College has a strong commitment to mental health and wellbeing and the addition of the new NHS service only further enhances this,” said Lorraine. “At Selby College, we care deeply about our students and our main goal is to not only give them the skills they need to succeed but to live happy lives. With the new service in place, we can offer students specialist support to further help them in dealing with particular emotions they may be feeling or challenges they may be facing.”

    The ‘wellbeing in mind team’ will also work closely with others involved in the care of young people, including local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This will help to bridge the gap between services by strengthening relationships, which will ensure children and their families get the right support, when and where it is needed.

    The team is made up of NHS professionals including senior clinicians, higher-level therapists and Education Mental Health Practitioner Trainees (EMHPs). The team works in schools and colleges to offer support to students experiencing common emotional wellbeing difficulties, as well as provide advice and training on mental wellbeing issues to staff.

    Phil Sayles, Principal at Selby College, said: “We are delighted to have NHS colleagues working alongside our student support services to help address the emotional and mental wellbeing needs of young people in our College community, which is even more welcome as we return following lockdown. Together we can do a lot to support young people and I am delighted we are able to provide a physical base for the NHS team on our campus.”

    This comes as the College prepares for World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10th October, encouraging students and staff to take the time to talk to open up communication.

    As part of this, the joint counselling team will hold virtual wellbeing rooms on Friday, 9th October, for all members of staff and students, where they can connect and access resources and tips on how to improve wellbeing. Members of the team are also sharing their own tips on the ‘five ways to wellbeing’, which encourages people to stay connected, keep active, keep learning, to take notice and to give during this difficult time.

    Pre-covid, for staff, the College also regularly hosted activities incorporating fitness, including a weekly HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) session, delivered by Amy Hague, Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science, and a weekly Yoga class, delivered by Careers Officer Helen Howard.

    Lorraine and HR Manager Alison Whale also hold regular ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ for staff, in which they share activities and ideas to improve wellbeing through creative distractions and shared experiences. This includes quizzes, craft projects and advice and tips on how to improve wellbeing.

    To find out more, please visit:

    Thursday 8 Oct 2020

  • Runner up of the South African Young Chef of the Year competition and Selby College student reveals how he found his passion for cooking

    Ben Gillmister, Level 2 Hospitality and Catering student at Selby College, discusses how he wowed the judges of the global South African Young Chef of the Year competition, his love for South African cooking and what he plans to do now…

    How did you get into cooking?

    If I remember correctly, it was back in Primary school when my school ran an ‘activities day’ that covered a range of careers. I honestly think that is what stemmed my love for food and cooking even further. I also loved watched cookery shows and Chefs on TV.

    If I had to say who has the biggest influence on me, it would have to be Ainsley Harriot or  Jamie Oliver or the Hairy Bikers (David Myers and Si King).

    What is your favourite cuisine/dish to cook?

    There are a few - but I would probably have to say British Modern Indian or even Italian.

    How has your College course helped you to progress your cooking skills?

    I think my College course has helped me to develop both my skills and knowledge within both the kitchen, food and beverage service. It has greatly helped me understand the different cookery techniques that there is within the industry; such as Sous Vide Cookery.

    What made you enter the South African Young Chef of the Year competition and what do you love about South African Cookery?

    I entered because I wanted a new challenge and to push myself even further with my cookery skills. I knew such a competition would look great on my CV and I hoped that it would help to separate me from rest of the crowd! What pushed me even further was the positive encouragement of both my tutors Adrian and Liz who noticed that I had the potential to do the competition and help me with the process.

    I enjoy the flavours that South African food can bring and that South African cookery can be so varied in terms of cooking techniques and flavours.

    What did you enjoy the most about the Competition?
    I found that the research and exploration of different ingredients that can be used in South African cooking was the most enjoyable thing for me. For instance, in South Africa they have Springbok, which is part of the Antelope family. Springbok is very similar to Venison in the UK in terms of flavour and texture.

    Overall, I enjoyed learning about the different types of cookery and techniques that could be used during my cook off.

    What are your plans now?

    After my experience of the South African Young Chef of the Year competition, I now hope to enter more industry competitions this year and in the future. Progression wise, I hope to be a successful candidate for an Apprenticeship position as a Chef De Partie or as Hospitality Supervisor.

    If I got the chance, I would love to study a degree in either Food Science and Nutrition or Hospitality Management. But who knows? “Dream Big, Dare to Succeed” has been my motto that I’ve lived by for a couple of years now.

    Monday 28 Sep 2020

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Selby College Latest Information

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    Selby College Top 10 Safety Actions 



    19/10/2020 - An update from Principal Phil Sayles, as we near the end of the first half term: 


    24/09/2020 - Covid-19 Related Student Absence – Quick Reference Guide

    4/09/2020 - Frequently Asked Questions regarding Coronavirus

    Q     If I have symptoms or have tested positive for covid 19 who do I report it to at College?

    A     Call the College on (01757) 211000 between the hours of 8.15am and 5.00pm. Alternatively email on  or notify the College via the enotify app.


    Q             I have had a test but not got the results back yet, do I need to stay away from College?

    A             Yes, if you have had symptoms and had a test you should not come back to College until you have had your results back. If the results are negative you can come back straight away. If the results are positive you should self-isolate for 10 days from when you received your results.


    Q     Ive got asthma and struggle when I have to wear a face mask – am I ok not to wear one when I am at College?

    A    For anyone who has a medical reason for not being able to wear a mask, you should collect an exemption form from reception, complete it and return.  Reception will send it to the relevant support team and then inform the student of the outcome. If the reason is acceptable the student will be issued with a pin badge to identify them as someone who does not need to wear a face covering. You should attach this to your lanyard.


    • I am anxious about coming in to College as I don’t want to be around so many people, am I able to study from home?

    We encourage all students to attend College when they are scheduled to do so, as we are not able to conduct individual online lessons. However, going forward it is likely that some lessons will be online for some classes. If you need to speak to someone about your anxieties please contact your Guidance Support Tutor (GST) in the first instance.

    • If you have confirmed covid cases at the College, will the College close?

    We are continually monitoring the situation and are regularly in touch with Public Health England. It is highly unlikely that the whole College will close if we get a few cases as we will just isolate those particular classes. We will keep everyone informed of any changes and will take any precautions necessary.

    • If the College closes how will you let me know?

    For any major announcements we use a variety of methods – the website, our social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) and we usually either email or text students too.

    • How will I find out if there is a positive covid case in my class?

    We have a response team within the College so that when we are notified of a suspected case we notify all of the relevant people who have been in close contact. Please be assured that if we are made aware of anyone in your class being suspected of having coronavirus, we will notify you as soon as possible with an official letter that also signposts you to areas of support and advice.

    • Do we have to bring in our own food and drinks?

    You can bring in your own food and drinks but we do have a new catering supplier in our refectory, who is offering some great food from 8.30am to 1.30pm. There are designated areas in the College for eating and drinking.

    • What do I need to do if I start feeling unwell whilst I am at College?

    If you have one or more of the 3 main symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell) then you should advise your tutor or a member of staff who will escort you to our Isolation room. Following this, you should make arrangements to go home as soon as possible (not by public transport).

    • If there is a local lockdown will the College close?

    It is unlikely that the College will close in the event of a local lockdown but we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the latest government guidance.

    • If I have to self-isolate how will I keep up with my course?

    When the College is made aware of you having to self-isolate, your course tutor or GST will be in touch to ensure you are able to keep up with your studies. We use Google classroom for our remote and digital learning to ensure you can keep up with your class.

    • If I have to self-isolate how will I do my practical lessons?

    Once you have finished your self-isolation and are back at College, your course tutor will ensure you catch up on any practical work missed.

    • Do I need to social distance and wear a mask on the bus to College?

    You have to wear a mask on the College mini-bus and on the Arriva buses (unless you have a declared medical reason for not doing so). On the College mini-bus and on dedicated College bus services you do not need to socially distance, but on public transport you do. We expect our students to act in a sensible manner on all transport showing courtesy to others.

    • I don’t feel comfortable getting on a crowded bus so can I study from home?

    We encourage all students to attend College when they are scheduled to do so, as we are not able to conduct individual online lessons. However, going forward it is likely that some lessons will be online for some classes. If you need to speak to someone about your anxieties please contact your GST in the first instance.

    22/09/2020 - Important information re Covid-19

    Dear Parent and/or student,
    The term has started well at Selby College. Students are overwhelmingly happy to be out of lockdown and back in education. College staff are pleased to see them in person too. We need to keep it that way.
    We are very concerned about the rise in Covid-19 cases in the Selby area, as I'm sure you are.
    We need to take every precaution to keep everyone safe, and do our bit to keep cases down, thus supporting the economy and education in the area.
    We are inevitably seeing some positive cases amongst the student population, and a higher number of people needing to self-isolate.
    We are responding quickly and decisively to these cases and taking action to limit the risk of spread.
    We are following Public Health advice and procedures, constantly reinforcing the right behaviours, communicating and listening to pick up emerging issues.
    We need your help with some key things, especially due to national issues with accessing tests and the speed of results.
    1.       We need fast notification from the student or yourselves if:
    a.       They may have been exposed to someone with evident Coronavirus symptoms, or who has a positive test result.
    b.       They begin to feel unwell themselves with the Coronavirus symptoms of temperature, a new cough or loss of taste and smell.
    c.       They receive a positive Covid-19 test result.
    The best way for full-time students 16-19 to contact us is to use the e-notify app. If that cannot happen, or they are on a different programme (apprentice, HE etc) please ring College Reception on (01757 211000) or e-mail
    2.       We need your help to enable students to be in control of their social interactions. While there is scope for Covid-19 to spread in other settings, the overwhelming evidence we have so far from our experiences, is that social interactions, including parties, or within extended families, are the prime way infection is spreading. Outside of College students need to keep within the ‘rule of 6’ and maintain social distancing from anyone not in their family or study bubble, if we are to reduce the case rate. If they use buses, students must wear and keep on face-coverings on buses, unless they are exempt for medical reasons.
    Now we have met, or met again, all students, we are preparing to use more online learning: as a matter of course, and in case of further lockdowns. Education will also continue on campus for all students for some or all of the time. Students are doing very well complying with the need to wear face-coverings in public areas of the College and using hand sanitiser.
    If you need to self-isolate, you will get a specific, separate letter about that. This is a general communication.
    Thank you,
    Phil Sayles,


    01/09/2020 - Update regarding use of face coverings in communal areas of College

    Dear students,

    We are really keen to welcome you back to campus over the next few weeks for induction days and for the start of the new term on Wednesday 16th September. We, as you, want to get back to education on campus.

    As we prepare for a full return in the coming weeks, we are continuing to follow Government guidance to ensure that  our students and staff are able to learn and work safely.

    Following on from a new statement from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the government has revised its guidance on face coverings for staff and students in Year 7 and above in England. Schools and Colleges now have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas.

    Therefore, the College has made the decision that all students and staff will have to wear face coverings in corridors, stairs, toilets and other indoor communal areas on the Selby College campus.

    This will not apply to students or staff who cannot wear masks for medical reasons.

    We are not encouraging students to wear face coverings during lessons apart from in specific workshops or settings it is not possible to social distance. This is because they make communication more difficult. However, students are able to wear face coverings at any time if they wish to do so. Most staff will not wear face coverings in class, but some may choose or need to wear them in class for medical reasons.

    Social distancing and other safety measures will also be in place and the College has implemented a Top 10 Safety Action list that all staff and students should be following – you should have received a copy at Enrolment but if not please refer to the top of the page.

    If we all work sensibly together, we hope that the Covid-19 precautions can keep us safe, but not get in the way of education and College life.

    If you have any questions regarding the use of face coverings or any other safety measures within the College, please contact us on 01757 211040 or email


    Update 21/08/2020 - Induction and start dates for second years 

    Due to the COVID situation, the College has reviewed how the start of the year looks for students.

    We are really keen to welcome you back to college and make sure you are in the best position to maximise your potential in the coming year.

    At the time of writing this, it is still not clear what guidance we will have to follow in September to be able to work safely and it is possible that guidance will continue to change in the coming weeks and months. Therefore we also need to make sure that you are equipped to allow you to work independently and when necessary, from home. During second year welcome back days, we will train you how to use our systems. From September we will all be using Google Classrooms as the main support for your learning as well as other packages.

    To ensure that everybody has a good initial induction and that the college can respond to any government guidance in September which limits our capacity on site, we are planning to hold two return days for second years followed by two day inductions for new students.

    On Friday 4th September we will welcome back A Level and Level 3 Information Technology students.

    On Monday 7th September we will welcome back all other Level 3 second year students.

    On these days you will have a digital refresher, receive your timetables, and work with course staff and GST to ensure that you are ready for the coming year. You will be set up to then continue working while first years have their inductions.

    On Wednesday 16th September everybody will commence a normal timetable which may include an element of remote learning depending on the situation at the time. This will be finalised in September.

    There are no plans to change advertised term dates beyond this at the current time. We look forward to seeing you next term and will advise you if plans change in the meantime.



    Message to Current Students Ahead of the Summer Break - 29th June 2020

    Dear Student,

    This is my final e-mail to you this academic year. The College teaching year officially ends on Wednesday 1st July, just in time for more of the economy to open up, and holidays here and abroad to be possible. That’s not to say that the College closes, we will still be busy bringing some students in to finish off any remaining practical work and the staff will be busy preparing for next year, when we hope to be able to welcome all of you back onto site in September.

    I know that it has been a very strange end to the year, with none of the normal activities that signal the end of the year. We do however, still plan to have a results day for our A level and BTEC students on 13th August. We will be sending out more details soon, so please keep your eyes peeled for the details, as we would love to have as many of you as possible in for a safe and staggered results day.

    Before you start to fully switch off, please remember to contact to arrange to bring your books, devices and any other loan equipment back to College. We need everything back, even if you plan to return next year, so that we can check and upgrade it ready for September.

    Finally, I hope that you have a good summer break and recharge your physical and emotional batteries. The last 3 months have been challenging for everyone, in one way or another, and whilst things are still not normal, at least there is a greater sense of normality around the corner. Continue to look after yourselves, your loved ones and the rest of society and I look forward to seeing many of you back here again in September. For those of you who are progressing on from College, I wish you well with your future and remember that the College is still here for you, so if you need help, support or careers guidance over the holidays, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Best wishes

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal


    Message for Current Students - 12th June 2020

    Dear Student,

    I thought I would drop you a line to let you know that the plans are well in place for welcoming a small number of you back into College next week. Those of you who have been invited in by their tutors will know who you are and what you need to do. If you have not had contact from us, don’t worry, we are not expecting you in next week.

    Just before half-term I did a live cast, which some of you attended and addressed a number of questions that you had asked. I had planned to upload it, but then with the delay to the re-opening it was superseded. Instead I’ll address the questions in this update:

    Who will be returning and when, and how many sessions will there be during these June sessions?

    Any students invited in would be by an invite from their tutor or GST.  We are not delivering any lessons during June, so where we are inviting you in it is to help you achieve your qualification, get support and plan for progression and your future. This is why we can negotiate some of the details with you about the days and times. Any lessons and teaching will continue online.

    I’m in my first year of studying A Levels - will I need to come in on multiple days to see my tutors and GST?

    All A Level students have been offered a face-to-face review and planning meeting with each of your subject tutors either on site, or remotely via the platforms that you are using with your lecturer. Where you have requested a face-to-face meeting at College, we are doing our best to arrange them to take place in one session, while remote ones can be arranged between your subject and you as there is greater flexibility. There is no detriment to you whichever option you have chosen.

    Will students be there the same time as other students in their class/course? How will it work ensuring the students are maintaining the social distance? I'm concerned about students arriving with friends accidentally break the distancing rule by going to hug each other. 

    We are only bringing in individual or very small groups for students at one time. There are staggered start and end times and if students are in long enough to need a break, these are also staggered. All students will have a briefing prior to attending College and another on arrival. The College has undertaken detailed risk assessment and contingency plans and made sure our briefings are understandable to students. For more information, please see this webpage for a welcome and briefing from the Principal.  

    My parents must go to work and we don't own any type of private transport. In this case, can I use a public transport if mum or dad won't have a time to take me to and from Selby?

    Students can use public transport to get to College, but please let us know that is what you are planning, so we can schedule your session to avoid peak times. Remember it is mandatory to use a mask or face covering on all public transport and we would also recommend carrying a hand sanitiser and avoid any face touching. We have hand sanitisers at the entrance to each building, for all students and staff to use on arrival and departure.

    When we left college for lockdown I took home a laptop to borrow to complete my assignments, will I be given a certain date to come and bring it in?

    We will need all equipment and books back by the end of June. This will enable us to sanitise, update, refurbish and prepare for next year. You will have an arranged slot (day/time) for return. This ensures there is no queuing and to limit the numbers on site. If you are coming in for an invited session, we will use that day for handing the books and devices back in. Please email if you have any books or other college equipment that needs returning, including laptops.

    I have a College laptop on loan and am coming back to study next year, can I keep it over the summer?

    I am sorry, but we need all laptops and devices back in as soon as you have completed all your learning for this year.  We need the time to clean and update all our computers ready for next year. We have new software that needs installing ready to support  the way we plan to teach next year. If you still need a device loan next year, we will re-distribute these in September.


    We are really looking forward to seeing some of you back on site from next week, although for the vast majority of you, it will probably be August/September when you are next in College. Please do take the time to view the safety webpage which will show you a video of the site and help you realise just how much things have changed with one way systems, barriers, signage etc. The page also includes a poster with the top 10 key safety actions for the College.

    Take care and I look forward to welcoming some of you back on site next week.

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal


    Message for Employers from our Business Services Team - 11th June 2020


    Message for Current Students - 29th May 2020

    Dear Student,

    I hope that you have been able to enjoy your half-term break and make the most of this glorious sunny weather.  Now that outdoor exercise is unlimited and it is possible to travel further afield to take a walk, run or bike ride it feels much more inviting to be out in the sun. As I write this, we still need to maintain social distancing and limit the people we see, although the limits on the number of people will change slightly on Monday.

    As I highlighted in my e-mail on Tuesday, the plans for bringing a small number of you back onto site will now not happen until 15th June at the earliest. This is the same for both secondary schools and FE colleges and acknowledges that it is highly complicated planning your return, as it could involve public or shared transport, mixing with different groups throughout the day (A Level students) and much larger numbers of students.

    The delay to re-opening doesn’t change the way we plan to bring you in. It will continue to be by invitation only and only if there is a purpose that we can’t achieve via remote methods. This means the vast majority of you will not need to return to College for this academic year, unless it is to hand in resources such as books and IT devices. 

    If you are invited in, it will normally be for a one-to-one session in a large, pre-prepared room that has the tables and chairs socially distanced and nearby sanitisation stations. The other reason you would be invited in would be to undertake a practical assessment to finish off your qualification or apprenticeship. There are only a very limited number of students that will need to do this, as most vocational courses are making changes, such as videoing yourself doing practical assessments, so you don’t need to come back into college. If you are invited in for a practical assessment, there would only be a handful (3 or 4) students in a large practical workshop, with full social distancing and any tools that you would need to use fully sanitised, as well as hand sanitisation and a range of other preventative measures.

    Please keep checking your College e-mails, as invitations will come from your tutors and/or Guidance and Support Tutor. It is important that you respond quickly so that we can plan the best days and times with you. This is to limit the number of students on site; as well as stagger the arrival and departure times; and enable you to plan your route safely to College, as we will not be running any transport.

    If you do have books or IT resources on loan from the College and have finished for the year, please contact to let them know you are ready to hand in. They can then start planning the appointments for you to drop these off from 15th June.

    Finally, enjoy the remainder of the half-term and continue to stay safe and look after yourselves.

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal


    Message for Current Students - 26th May 2020

    Dear Student,

    I am writing to let you know that the Prime Minister announced on Sunday evening that the start date for bringing all students and apprentices back onto campus has been delayed until 15th June at the earliest.

    If you have received an invitation to come back into College next week, we will be contacting you to cancel and will re-arrange, closer to the 15th June.

    We will still be inviting students in receipt of additional support and high needs in from 8th June, these students and their parents will have been contacted directly by our Additional Support Team (Jon and Ruth).

    I will write later in the week with further updates.

    I hope that you enjoy the remainder of what looks like a glorious week.

    Best wishes,

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal


    Message for Current Students - 21st May 2020

    Dear Student,

    I promised I would write to you again this week with further updates to when and how we will re-start education during June.  As I said in my e-mail last week, it will be a gradual re-start, where students are invited in for face to face sessions that add value to them, or enable them to undertake the practical assessments to achieve their qualifications.  This will keep numbers onsite at any time very small and enable us to use our largest rooms to maximise social distancing.

    We have undertaken detailed planning during the last 2 weeks, informed by the Government and Department for Education advice and guidance, to ensure that we are minimising the risks as far as possible.  This will mean that the actions we will ask you to take, and the look and feel of the campus, will be very different from what you are used to.  I have had a number of questions asked of me, so this e-mail is to answer those points and encourage you to ask other questions

    On this Friday at 2pm I will be doing a live cast to answer the questions you have raised, so please respond to me ( with the questions you have and also to request a link to the live cast.  I am also happy if your parents wish to raise questions and join you on Friday afternoon. 

    Please ensure all questions and requests for access are received by 10.30 am on Friday.


    Are you stopping online learning now that lessons are re-starting on 1st June?

    We are not stopping our online learning and this continues to be the way in which we will teach those of you still on programme for the remainder of your study this academic year. We will invite you into College for a face to face session only if it is something that adds value or cannot be completed in a remote way, such as practical assessments.

    I use the public transport / college buses to reach College, are they re-starting?

    We will not be running the College buses during June, due to social distancing and the recommendation not to use public or shared transport.  Where you are invited in we would ask that you work with us and  your parents / carers in your household to arrange a day and time where you could be dropped off and picked up again.  We are not running to a timetable of lessons, so can be quite flexible about your appointment slot.

    Will the College refectory be open?

    We are not re-opening the refectory.  Most students invited in will only be in for a short period of time, usually less than 3 hours, so if you need to eat during this time, please bring your own food.  We will have separate break times and students will be encouraged to either eat within the environment they are using, or make use of our significant outdoor space when the weather allows.

    I receive free college meals / bursary what do I do if I am invited in?

    We will continue to pay your free meal funding into your bank account.  As we are not providing a food service on site, if you are invited in, it will allow you to choose what you want to eat and when.  If you receive support for transport and a member of your household is driving you in, we can reimburse your costs.  Please contact to find out more.

    Do you require students and staff to wear masks?

    We do not require students or staff to wear masks, but if wearing one would make you feel more comfortable we are happy for you to do so.  We will be strictly enforcing the 2 metre social distancing rules and have multiple hand sanitisers around site, as well as hand washing facilities.  Prior to attending College you will receive a detailed briefing about all the safety measures we have in place and once you arrive on site, you will have a face to face briefing to ensure you understand our expectations and rules.

    I am worried about coming back to College, if I am invited in.

    It is natural to be concerned about coming back in, after such a long time.  We will do everything we can to help and reassure you, and your parents, that we are managing everything safely to minimise any risks.  For most students  that we ask to come in, we are only likely to invite them in a couple of times during June, and it is important that if you can attend that you do.  We have invited you because we think it is in your best interest and is necessary to help you achieve or progress.   We are holding the live view on Friday afternoon, so that we can talk to you about any concerns you have raised and take on board any thoughts or comments you may have.

    I hope that this helps address some of the questions you may have about the re-commencement of education during June.  I do hope that you are able to join me on Friday afternoon, when we can look at any other questions you may have and also talk in more depth about the questions listed above.

    Best wishes and I hope to virtually see you soon,

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal


    Message for Current Students - 14th May 2020

    Dear Student,

    I wanted to update you with our thoughts and thinking at Selby College, following the Prime Ministers announcement on Sunday evening that schools and colleges could start to re-open from 1st June. We have waited to contact you for a few days to read and digest the advice that continues to be published, as well as have a full planning meeting, which we did yesterday. The safety of both students and staff is our highest priority.

    I want to confirm from the start, that for June we will not be returning to normal lessons and timetables, but that we will start to invite small groups of you in for face to face meetings or sessions, where we think it is in your best interest. The groups we are likely to invite in are those on one year courses or on the first year of a two year course, this may include apprentices as well as full time students. The reason you would be invited to attend College may be to undertake final practical exams; to discuss your progress and/or next steps; or to help you better access your online learning.

    If you are invited in, the College will look and feel different as we are implementing social distancing and other safety precautions. These of course are to reduce the risk of anyone who may have Coronavirus infecting others. We need to keep each other and our families safe. We are developing some briefings and updates that you would have to agree to adhere to, prior to coming onto site.

    Due to the fact that we are inviting very limited groups of students in for short periods of time, there will not be any College transport running and we will not expect students to use public transport. The College refectory will also be closed during this period, as we don’t expect students to be in for a full day. If you want/need to eat, please bring your own cold snacks. You will be able to eat in the refectory space (you must clear up after yourself) or outside.

    We will continue to pay your free college meals allowance (if applicable) during this time, whether you are in College or working online, as long as you continue to study and complete the work set by your tutors, including any Head Start work.

    We will be providing further updates over the next few weeks as we further develop our plans.

    On Friday 22nd May at 2pm, I will be doing a live discussion, where I can share further updates and you will be able to ask questions. The link will come out shortly, so please keep your eyes open for your invitation.

    Best wishes,

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal


    Message for Current Students - 7th May 2020

    Dear Student,

    I am writing to you during a week which really drives home to me how just much our lives have changed and how different this academic year is. This week would have seen the start of the exam season, as we moved the sports students out of the sports hall and started to get set up for our big exam sessions. This week we would have started the BTEC Level 3 controlled assessments, with GCSEs starting next week and A Levels commencing the week afterwards. To me the May Day bank holiday always makes me think of revision, nerves, last minute discussions and checks with tutors and friends about 'have I got this concept right?'; or 'do you think this book or theorist will come up in the exam?'… and that’s not just students…. staff also have the same concerns and worries that they have done their best for you.

    Our staff are still working hard to do their best for you. They are involved in detailed discussions about your performance and how you are doing; so that we can give appropriate grades to your work. This is both for our students who are due to leave us, as well as our continuing students. For those students at the end of their studies they will need their grades to go into Higher Education, get the best jobs and apprenticeships and set themselves up for the future. For those of you who have another year of study with us; due to progression or the second year of programme, you still need to show us that you are working hard developing the skills and are capable of moving through into the 20/21 academic year.

    For those of you leaving the College and looking for work, it will be challenging. All indications are that unemployment amongst young people will significantly increase, and that with many adults also out of work, the competition for all levels of jobs will be fierce. It is also anticipated that apprenticeship jobs could also be tough to find, and what jobs there are go to current apprentices who have been made redundant; as employers look to take on the most productive staff. This is why it is imperative that you do everything necessary to complete your qualifications and work hard with College staff on your progression plans. To succeed you will need to be able to sell yourself and stand out from the many other people who could have applied for the role. Work with us to update and improve your CV, think and be able to write and talk about both what you have learned and your experience; as well at the transferable skills you will have gained at college and within your life so far through hobbies and other interests. You will need to be able to apply all this to the specific work place you are applying to, and remember that many of your class mates may well be competing against you for this job.

    For those of you who plan to go to higher education, you also have things to think about and consider. There will be fewer students studying Higher Education next year, as the international numbers dry up due to Covid-19. You may want to use clearing and adjustment to change your mind. There could be a number of things you want to consider such as trading up to a higher tariff university, how well current students have been supported during the lockdown, what plans are in place for accommodation and the start of next year etc. Don’t feel you are locked into any one university, use this time to research your options and ask us for help and support, if you need it.

    I know that for our higher education students and apprentices they will have very different concerns with high numbers of apprentices on furlough and household income really impacted depending upon the sector people work in. Most of you are still working hard towards your qualifications and apprenticeships and, given the strong link in both Apprenticeships and Higher Education to future pay levels, it is really important that you continue study hard and we will support and help you achieve.

    With the nice weather predicted for the Bank Holiday on Friday, I hope that you take the time to invest in your own mental health. Take the time to spend your exercise hour in the outdoors/fresh air and use some of the techniques to focus and notice the moment. Stop and mentally list 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch or feel, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.

    I hope that you make the most of the extended weekend and also stay safe in order to look after yourself, your loved ones and our community.

    I will write to you again next week, once we have had time to read, understand and plan for any changes, based on the Prime Minister's Sunday update.

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal


    Message for Current Students - 22nd April 2020

    Dear Student,

    I am writing to welcome you back to your summer term at Selby College. I hope you had a good, if very different Easter holiday and feel refreshed and mentally ready to learn again. During the Easter period quite a bit of information about exams and qualifications has come out. This will have been shared with you individually, as and when it arrived, but this e-mail pulls everything together in one place. We will set up a webpage to show course by course information, as it becomes available, but for the time being please contact your course leader or assessor, if you have any questions about your individual circumstance.

    This message is quite a long one, so I have underlined the main sections, so that you can focus on those that apply to your circumstance.

    A Level students in their 2nd Year – Level 3 students in their 2nd year - GCSE and Functional Skills students

    Over the Easter holidays, Ofqual (the body responsible for all qualifications), has announced what will happen for all students due to take exams this summer and for some qualifications that lead directly to university, such as Extended Diplomas. For these students only, their grades/results will be calculated based on the work they were set up to 20th March. This therefore means that formal teaching and grading of work is suspended as of 20th April. All of these students will have received an e-mail directly about their individual course. If you have any questions, please contact your tutor or Assessor (if you are an Apprentice doing functional skills).

    What this means in practice is that you can still work through the materials set and seek help and support from Selby College, but we can’t discuss grades or any outcomes with you from this point forward. If you have any outstanding work you need to ensure we receive it by the end of the week. For other students it is good practice to keep revisiting the learning you have completed and any work we have set that you have not yet accessed. This will ensure you keep your skill level high ready for your next steps be this Higher Education, Apprenticeship, Further Education or Employment. It also ensures that if you are unhappy with your final grade you can take a resit opportunity later in the year, as outlined in the Ofqual guidance. For those of you doing GCSE and Functional Skills, you will be encouraged to continue to access the College resources to continue to develop and enhance your skills.

    All other full time students (on one year courses at any level and/or students in the first year of a two year programme(including A Levels and Level 3)

    We are still awaiting guidance on programmes that take one year. These tend to be practical courses such as Hair, Beauty, Hospitality, Engineering, Construction etc. With these programmes you need to both know about your subject and also show you can safely and accurately complete practical tasks. Your tutors are continuing to set work to show your knowledge and understanding, but in order to get your qualification you also need to undertake a wide number of set and observed practical assignments. This means that you need to continue with your studies until we can arrange for you to complete all your practical tasks, or there is a further update from your awarding body. It is important that you continue with your studies and work with your tutors to identify which practical tasks still need completing. You will need to ensure you have completed these in order to progress to your next level, or gain an apprenticeship or employment in your sector. As young adults you need to be responsible for taking ownership, with your tutors, for getting everything completed.

    For students who are in their first year of a two year programme, you need to ensure you are engaging with all of your learning and maximising your grades. You will have a further year of study with us and it is important that you do not fall behind, as you still need to complete all your units by 2021.

    Higher Education and Apprentices

    The picture is much more varied for HE and Apprentices, so please read the information below carefully.

    For our Higher Education students due to achieve their full qualification this year there is quite a complicated picture. For those doing Access and University awards, the guidance has been published and shared with you. It means you need to finish and pass all your units to the end of the year and the QAA and University process will ensure you are not disadvantaged in your grade. For other HE students, you need to continue working through your remote learning packages and submitting work at the set deadlines, or making appropriate use of mitigating circumstances. If you have any questions, please see the HE team.

    For Apprentices the picture is the most mixed. All of you need to continue to engage with your assessor and the remote learning; even if you are on furlough. If you are due to achieve this academic year, depending upon if you are doing a Framework or Standard and also have functional skills to complete will determine your next steps. Your assessor will discuss this with you individually and set appropriate tasks and actions to ensure you achieve, where possible.

    I hope that this information helps you understand your next steps in terms of learning and submission of work.

    No matter if you are now finished with your studies and ready to go to pastures new, or continuing/progressing with us, the College continues to be there to help and support you. All of our pastoral, careers and support services continue to be accessible to you for the duration of the teaching year; so if you have any help or support needs, please contact us. We also have a range of adult courses that can be studied and marked remotely. If this would be of interest to you or your family, please find more information here

    Best wishes and continue to stay safe.

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal


    Message for Employers and Apprentices - 20th April 2020

    Paul Cliff, Assistant Director Business Development at Selby College, sends a supportive video message to all employers and apprentices of Selby College during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Visit Selby College’s YouTube page to watch the full video:


    A message of support to all our adult learners - 6th April 2020

    To those that are already enrolled here at Selby College, and to those who are thinking about the future and asking themselves if now is the time to take the step into adult learning - we want you to know that we are here to help.

    For our current learners, we know how tough it can be to work without the opportunity to drop into the Adult Learning Hub. That is why we want to keep in touch each week by email – this is just our way of saying ‘we are here and we are listening’. Of course, we are also on hand if you would like any advice on the courses that you are doing. If you haven’t received the relevant emails it may be that we don’t have a current email address. If so, please do get in touch with us by dropping the team an email so we can update your details:, or

    For our current learners, we are sending out work books for the Functional Skills course in English and Maths by email, we don’t want you to feel pressure at this difficult time but it might help you to keep your minds active by using your skills. Our aim is to send out varied and interesting material – that’s our challenge! Lisa Midgley is keeping in contact with all our EDCL Learners as well – again, don’t feel pressured to, but just keep doing a little bit of practice.

    So, if you are thinking about gaining new qualifications, then now could be the right time. Whether you are currently enrolled as an adult learner or thinking about joining us, here is a reminder of what we currently offer through the Adult Learning Hub;

    • Functional Skills English Level 1 and Level 2
    • Functional Skills Maths Level 1 and Level 2
    • ECDL – a nationally recognised qualification in IT skills.

    These courses will not only boost your confidence and self-belief, but can help you build your CV and provide you with the chance to take the next step in your working life.

    Don’t forget that here at Selby College, we also offer a huge range of free Distance Learning courses. To find out more about these courses, please contact the Business Services team on 01757 211097 or email for details.

    The future looks uncertain right now, but one thing we do know is that qualifications can help.

    We look forward to welcoming our current students back later in the year, or for those that will be joining us, we will look forward to welcoming you to the Adult learning Hub before too long. 

    In the meantime, keep in touch, and stay safe everyone.

    Sarah Jarvis

    Coordinating Tutor Adult Skills


    Message for Current Students - 2nd April 2020

    Dear Student,

    I am dropping you a line just before the Easter Holidays to see how you are doing and to let you know what is happening with the College.

    Remote Learning and Contacts

    Most of you have now transitioned into your new methods of working and appear to be coping really well. All of you should have had contact from several members of the College staff, including GSTs, Tutors, Assessors and Higher Education Teachers, depending upon the course you are studying. The contact could be a combination of phone calls, e-mails, VLE/chat or MS Teams. If you have not heard from us, please check your college e-mails and also ensure your current home and mobile numbers are correct in e-tracker. The link to e-tracker is here. If your contact numbers are incorrect, please email with your name and the correct number and we will update it.


    Information is coming out very gradually about the wide range of exams and assessments that our student body are scheduled to undertake this year. As and when we receive information it is being shared with those students impacted, but as yet this has only affected a small number of vocational students. It is anticipated that much more information will be issued after Easter, so until then, please keep working hard towards your qualifications so that we can give the best estimates of your achievements, when asked to do so.

    Free school meals

    You will have heard about the new national Voucher Scheme for young people in schools who are able to claim Free School Meals. Unfortunately this does not extend to College students yet. For those of you who are eligible, you should have received an e-mail about the updates yesterday and we will keep you informed as things change.

    Easter Holidays

    From this Friday College staff will start to take their Easter holidays, this will mean that they will not be taking calls or answering e-mails. We will ask that staff update their automatic out of office messages to reflect when they will next be responding to e-mails. There will be a small number of staff available electronically during next week (the first week of the Easter Holidays), but from 4.30 pm on Thursday 9th April until 9am on Monday 20th April all College staff will be on leave. We will have an emergency e-mail available for students from Tuesday 14th April until Friday 17th April, which will be checked each day during office hours. This is for genuine emergencies and not for course work or assignment queries. The email address is

    Staying Healthy and Safe

    Please read this graphic about social distancing and what it means in practice, as well as this update about good practice in using laptops and other portable devices.

    Enjoy a well-deserved break

    Finally I hope that you all take a well-deserved break from College over Easter. I know that for all of us it feels strange and that the line between study, work, home, weekday, weekend, holidays is now very blurred. We are all adjusting and trying to come up with new ways to signify the difference from one stage to the next. I take a walk after home working, so that it is like my regular commute home and by the time I walk back in the door I am ready to relax. Other people are keeping routines by the clothes they put on or even wearing their College lanyard! It is important that you look after your mental health and that of the people around you. It is tough being with the same people all the time, but we are doing this so that families will still have their loved ones around in the future. 

    So be kind to each other, but also be kind to yourself. We are all just trying to get through the best way we know how and protect those we love and those we don’t know.

    Stay safe and take care of each other.

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal

    Message for Applicants - 27th March 2020

    Dear school leaver,

    We would like to offer our reassurance to you in these uncertain times.

    Whilst Selby College is closed at the moment for on-site learning, our staff are still working remotely to support our existing and future students.

    We would like to reassure you that pupils will not be disadvantaged due to the GCSE exams being cancelled. This will not affect your place at Selby College.

    For those that have applied already, if you haven’t had your interview yet, we will be in touch very soon to arrange this and it will be over the telephone.

    Our entry requirements for all courses are unchanged, and we will be accepting grades issued by exam boards, which will be based on evidence which your year 11 teachers will have submitted to them. See page 6 page from our Prospectus highlighting entry requirements for each course type.

    We will absolutely act in your best interest, so you can be assured of getting on the right course at Selby College. We will work with you throughout the enrolment and induction process to provide you with the necessary support required.

    For any students who have not yet applied we would advise that you do so as soon as possible as we are still processing applications. If you were considering an Apprenticeship, we would advise that you also apply for an equivalent vocational course as back up in case there are no suitable apprenticeships available. Apply here now.

    We do have qualified Careers Advisers available should you need any advice and guidance.

    Our staff will be in touch over the coming weeks and months to help prepare and support you for your next steps.

    We look forward to working with you during this time and please do get in touch if you have any questions at all.

    Phil Sayles, Principal

    Visit Selby College’s YouTube page for more information, including a message from Selby College Principal to school leavers.

    Message for Current Students - 25th March 2020

    Dear Student,

    I am sending this message to see how you are doing and hope that you are all feeling helped and supported? If you have any problems or concerns your GST should be your first point of contact if you are a 16-18 year old learner; in most cases they will have already attempted to make contact with you via e-mail or the phone. If you are an apprentice or a HE student your contact will come via your tutor or assessor, and again they should have tried to contact you. Most of the advice in here is for all of our students, be they 16-18, Higher Education, Apprentices or Adults.

    Help and Support

    For your learning, you should now have logged into your Virtual Learning Environment and have some familiarity with it. From your VLE you can undertake your learning, submit work and also make contact with your tutors. We will be following up on students who have not accessed any of their learning, or contacted us for help; so if you are struggling or unsure what to do, please make contact with your GST as soon as possible. If you don’t know how to do that, please e-mail with your name and course as the subject matter.  This will ensure your e-mail reaches your personal GST. If you are an Apprentice or adult student, including HE you will need to contact your assessor or tutor. If you are unsure how to do this e-mail for everything other than HE (for HE this is

    Free School Meals and Bursary

    For those of you who receive free school meals and bursary meals from College, we are working on a system to get a payment out to you. If you have free school meals this payment should come to your bank account by the end of this week or early next week. If you have bursary meals we are working on a system that we can use next week and more information will come out to you shortly. 

    We are also aware that family circumstances could have changed since the beginning of the academic year. If you have not previously claimed an FE bursary to help pay for your College lunches, but now feel you might be entitled, please e-mail with the subject matter as NEW Bursary claim. We will also need your age and course detailing within the e-mail. This will allow us to send you the forms you would need your parents/guardians to complete or if you are aged over 19, that you would need to complete. We intend to do a wholly digital application, so you will need to respond promptly to any requests for information.

    Exam and Assessment

    There is lots of information and detail coming in about what will happen with exams and end of year assessments. Whilst more detail is known for A Levels and GCSE there is still further clarification that will come through. For other subjects the detail is just starting to come through. As and when we know something definite, your tutors and the college managers will make contact with your group. The key message, that is consistent from all awarding bodies, is that it will be based on what you have done so far and what you will continue to do. This is why it is imperative that you are progressing with your learning and the work being set for you, and where this is not possible that you have told us quickly. This applies equally to final year students, as well as those who are in their first year or expecting to progress from one level/stage to the next. All our staff want you to achieve as highly as possible, so work with us, so that we are armed with the evidence of how well you are performing and we will be in your corner.

    Attendance Monitoring

    The College will continue to monitor your attendance by seeing who has accessed their learning, completed tasks and engaged with their GST (if they are 16-18). It remains important that if you are ill you use e-notify or e-mail to let us know if you are too unwell to undertake your learning, so that we are not chasing you unnecessarily.  The attendance monitoring is the same for all our learners.

    Finally I hope that you are all looking after yourselves and heeding the government advice to stay safe and socially isolate. This doesn’t mean that you should lose touch with each other and I know quite a few of you are using social media platforms to keep in touch and share some of the lighter side of life. If any of you are struggling, our Additional Learning Support Team, GSTs and Counselling Team are all on hand to help and support you. No matter where you are, or how you are feeling we are still your local, friendly college and here to help and support you. It is only by us all helping and caring for each other that we will get through this.

    Take care and I will catch up with you again next week.

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal

    Visit Selby College’s YouTube page for more information, including a message from Selby College's Principal to Vocational and A-Level students.


    Message for Current Students - 19th March 2020

    Dear Student,

    Further to my e-mail yesterday, thank you for your comments and supportive approach to what is an unprecedented event.  I promised that when I e-mailed yesterday that I would provide a further update today and I am also incorporating some answers to questions that you have asked. I would like to thank Jess Smith  and Will Matthews, as student governors, who have collated your feedback into a range of questions.

    As you are aware the College is closed from 4.30pm for all onsite learning and we will move to online learning from this point onwards. This means that all classes, practical sessions, work placements and exams are suspended, with online learning taking their place.  It is imperative that you continue to log in to the Virtual Learning Environment and your College e-mails to keep on top of the work that your tutors will be setting for you and so that you know when deadlines are due.  We will be checking to see if you are logging in and contacting you by phone if you are not, to see if you need extra help to do so.

    There are still a number of items that we are awaiting clarification on, but these are the key questions that have been asked so far:

    What should I do if I am too ill to do my online learning ?

    If you are ill you need to contact the college and let us know the nature of your illness and also when you are better again. Please use e-notify, e-mail or phone your GST to let us know you are ill and we will mark you as ill. As usual, you will be expected to catch up with any missed sessions or assignments, so that you stay on course to complete your planned learning. If you are an apprentice or a higher education student, you need to contact your assessor or tutor.

    What should I do if I need to self-isolate for 14 days?

    You still need to let us know, so we know which students may have had the virus, for when we return. As long as you still feel fit and able, you should continue with your online learning and let us know if things change.

    I receive free school meals, what will happen?

    Until the National Voucher System rolls out, we will contact those students who are eligible and arrange a direct payment into their bank accounts. Please keep checking your e-mails for further information.

    I have work experience as part of my College study, what do I do?

    The College is stopping all work experience. You must not attend after today. All the companies that provide your placements will have been contacted to let them know we have stopped placements, in line with the directive to close schools and Colleges to enable social distancing.

    Are the College buses still running?

    We have cancelled all College buses, as no students should be coming onto site.

    What is happening about exams?

    We know that there will not be any GCSE or A Level exams in May or June and that students will still be able to achieve their qualifications. However, we don’t know if different assessment methods and/or predicted grades will be used as well, or in combination. This means you still need to work hard towards achieving your qualifications. We will continue to update your predicted grades, based on the work you produce, so you still have the opportunity to improve, but if you do not put the effort in your grades can also go downwards. It is vital that you do not let your learning slip during this time.

    I am doing a BTEC that has coursework and exams, what does that mean for me?

    We understand that the assessments you have completed thus far, and that you will continue to complete and that we mark, will be used by the external verifiers to confirm your grades. As only part of your grade comes from an exam this is easier to manage, but if you don’t put the work in and get your coursework in on time, you could still fail a module and reduce your grade.  It is likely that we will have to upload all your work, so that it can be checked online, rather than someone coming in and looking at your portfolio/work product. This may mean that we will need you to work with us to ensure we are able to access all your marked work. If you fall into this category we will contact you separately about this, but please ensure you are keeping any marked work safe.

    I am doing a practical course that involves being assessed by completing assessments and treatments in a real world environment, what does this mean for me?

    Your tutors are working out what you have completed and had signed off, and what is yet to be done. We will work with your awarding bodies, once we know the next steps to enable you to demonstrate you are competent. As some of these qualifications also give a licence to practice we will probably have to bring you back in, once the closure is lifted, so that you can quickly complete anything that is outstanding.

    I am a Higher Education student, what does this mean for me?

    Your learning will also be online, in common with most universities. You will have your assessment schedule and in most cases the majority of your assignment briefs for the remainder of the year. You will need to continue to access your appropriate Virtual Learning Environment and upload any assignments via Turnitin. We will work with the Universities and Pearson to ensure your programmes and awards continue to be certificated in a timely way.

    I am an apprentice, what does this mean for me?

    We are contacting all apprentices and their employers to let them know that you will not be coming to College on day release and that we will not be visiting you in the workplace. However, we will be setting and marking knowledge and tasks remotely and undertaking discussions with you and your employer about your progress, in order to ensure that you keep learning and developing. If you are unsure or worried about anything, please contact your assessor or our Business Services Department

    I am feeling worried and concerned about all of this and need to talk to someone, who can I talk to?

    Please contact your GST if you are worried or concerned about anything. They will be phoning you for 1:1 discussions and we continue to offer other support services, such as College counselling via Skype and over the phone. Do not worry on your own, we are still at the end of a phone or e-mail to help, even though we are not in college.

    How do I phone you if the College is closed?

    The college has a phone system that we can use outside the College. This means you can still phone all the usual college numbers and we can answer and make calls, as well as let you leave messages. There may be some flexibility in when we are working, but if you e-mail or leave us a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.

    I am sure you will have other questions as well.  We are collating everything and also listening to the government updates; as things become clearer, or we have further information, we will share it with you.

    Please stay safe, look after each other and know that the College is there for you.

    Best wishes,

    Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal

    Message for Applicants - 19th March 2020

    Due to the recent announcement of schools closing and no exams taking place, we want to reassure you that this will not affect your place at Selby College. We realise these are uncertain times but would advise you to continue working hard with your school studies.

    If you haven’t already had your interview, we will be in touch very soon to arrange this and it will be over the telephone.

    If you have had your interview, we will be sending more information to you in the coming weeks.

    Please don’t worry; we are working on plans so that no student will be disadvantaged by school closures and cancelled exams. We are here to support you; if you have any questions please email and we will respond as quickly as possible.

    As at 18th March 2020 19.00:

    Following the announcement from the Prime Minster today, Selby College will be closing from 4.30 pm on Thursday 19th March until further notice. This change means that all teaching and learning will be done online.

    For students, this means:

    • Selby College is moving to online learning from Friday 20th March. No students will be onsite after Thursday 19th March.
    • We are being asked to provide continued support for children of key workers who have pupils with special education needs.  This means that we will make contact with parents and carers of any students who fall into this category, to see how we might support them.
    • It is imperative that students check tomorrow (Thursday 19th March) that they are able to access the necessary resources and equipment, and let tutors know if there is a problem with this.
    • Any exams scheduled for the time being, are postponed. Students must continue to work towards achieving their course, as other methods of assessment, to ensure qualifications are achieved, will be used.
    • It is vital students continue their learning, even though they will not be coming in to College. Students will still need the skills they have, and will continue to develop, for employment, progression to a higher level, and the future.

    We realise this is an uncertain time, but students, parents and employers should be assured that we will be doing everything possible to minimise disruption.

    As at 17th March 2020 20.00:

    This website page is to provide you with the latest information about Selby College’s response to the current spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). 

    We are closely monitoring the situation and following advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education.

    Our management team are reviewing regularly and updating staff, students, parents and other stakeholders. The main form of communication will be via email but we are also using this page of the College website and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    At the present time we will be remaining open as per the latest government advice and delivering courses onsite at our Abbot’s Road campus in Selby.

    However, if individuals or any immediate family members have either of the key symptoms of Coronavirus:

    • A new and lasting cough
    • A temperature above 37.8 degrees

    they should self-isolate for 14 days, however mild.

    Students or staff found with symptoms will be sent home.

    Hygiene stations have been installed across College to prevent spread of infections:

    • The need for good personal hygiene habits has been reinforced
    • Additional hand sanitiser stations have been installed around site including all catering outlets, first aid rooms, toilets and main reception

    What we are stopping with immediate effect:

    • Any trips
    • Inter-college sports fixtures
    • Salon and training restaurant service
    • Non-essential visitors to College
    • We will plan to move all interviews (students and for staff roles) to phone or Skype/WhatsApp etc.
    • Sports/other facilities bookings
    • Onsite events which have previously been advertised e.g. the Higher Education Coffee & Cake Drop-In Session & the Interview Skills Day

    Inevitably some lessons will be affected as some staff may have to self-isolate. We have been working hard to minimise disruption to students where possible and have been putting learning resources online to ensure students can continue with their studies. Affected student groups will be notified.

    We will continue to provide updates as and when circumstances change.

    Phil Sayles, Principal


    Tuesday 22 Sep 2020

  • Selby College student places second in global South African Young Chef of the Year competition

    Ben Gillmister, Level 2 Hospitality and Catering student at Selby College, has wowed the judges of the global South African Young Chef of the Year competition, claiming second place.

    Now in its eighth year, the competition aims to find the UK’s Top Young Chef in South African cuisine. Ben is one of six finalists who were asked to prepare a main course which showcases South African stone fruits such as plums, peaches and nectarines, alongside a starter or dessert as part of the final.

    Ben chose to make Venison as his main dish, followed by a honey and almond cake with pear, sugar coated almonds and a salted caramel sauce for dessert, which secured him second place in the global competition.

    “Cooking is a great passion of mine so I’m extremely happy to have come second place in such a significant competition in the catering and hospitality industry,” said Ben. “I want to say thank you to my tutors Liz and Adrian who have supported me throughout this process and for giving me the confidence to enter such a prestigious competition as South African Young Chef of the Year.”

    Due to Covid-19, the finalists had to submit videos of themselves preparing and finishing their dishes to the judges. Entrants also had to provide details of the ingredients they used, the method and a colour image of the dishes.

    “I’m extremely proud of Ben for his resilience and what he has achieved in this competition in what has been an extremely challenging time,” said Liz Brighton, Lecturer in Hospitality & Catering at Selby College. “Ben was so eager to get back into the kitchen to complete his final dish and desert, demonstrating his dedication, hard work and passion for cooking and trying out new recipes and techniques – and I’m glad this has been recognised by the judges.”

    The competition encourages entrants to research South African cooking to inspire their menus and demonstrate an understanding of South African flavours.

    Find out more about the competition and this year’s entrants, at:

    Monday 21 Sep 2020

  • Siemens Mobility’s first Goole apprentices start at Selby College

    Selby College, Siemens Mobility Limited’s training partner for its planned rail facility in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, has welcomed its first cohort of apprentices. The 12 apprentices are the first of up to 700 employees who will work at the pioneering rail facility when it opens in 2023.

    The new starters are undertaking a Level 3 Rail Technician Apprenticeship programme, spending their first year at the college developing core engineering knowledge and competencies. In their second year, they will spend one day a week at college and four days a week on placement at Siemens Mobility traincare facilities, building up their practical skills and experience.

    Their third year will be split between working full-time at the Goole facility and a six-month placement at the company’s rolling stock factory in Vienna, Austria. This will enable expert knowledge transfer from colleagues in a well-established, global manufacturing operation.

    Ten of the new apprentices for Siemens Mobility Limited’s Goole facility with, from left, Phil Sayles, Selby College Principal and Chief Executive; Finbarr Dowling, Director of Localisation; Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director, Rolling Stock and Customer Services; Natalie Thornton, Senior Project Co-ordinator; Graeme Woodhall, Selby College Engineering Manager; and Chris Rowlands, General Manager, Goole facility.


    The 12 apprentices were selected by Siemens Mobility after receiving over 200 applications, with the majority of applicants from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. They join Selby College two months after construction work began at the nearby Goole site in July 2020, following a visit from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    When complete, the state-of-the-art factory will manufacture and commission trains – the first of which will be new Tube trains for London’s Piccadilly line with plans for additional train manufacture in the future. This could include additional vehicles for the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City line Tube trains, plus mainline suburban and intercity trains.

    Siemens Mobility’s Goole plant will be complemented by research and development, digital innovation and supplier facilities, together forming a unique “rail village”.

    Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, said: “We were delighted to welcome Siemens Mobility’s first 12 apprentices to Selby College. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to be a part of an incredibly exciting project and develop the engineering skills which are so vital to the UK’s future.

    “Our significant engineering facilities and partnerships with industry mean that we offer unparalleled training opportunities for apprentices in the sector, and we hope our new joiners gain maximum experience and knowledge from the programme during their time with us.”

    Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director, Siemens Mobility Limited, said: “The onboarding of our first apprentices at Selby College represents another major milestone for our Goole facility and our plans to create and develop local jobs. With an outstanding track record of delivering apprenticeships and excellent facilities, Selby College is a brilliant place for these ambitious people to train and grow their skillset in engineering.

    “The government has a clear commitment to ‘levelling up” and rebuilding the nation’s economy following COVID-19 and employing and training local people is key to this. As supporters of this ambition, we are committed to upskilling the next generation of engineering talent, so they can play a key role in delivering important UK infrastructure projects, like TfL’s new underground trains.”


    Milly Johnston (18)

    When Siemens Mobility announced plans to build its new £200m rail facility in Goole, Milly Johnston knew it would be a game-changer for her hometown. She’d begun a car mechanic apprenticeship at a local garage, but it came to an end when the business ceased trading. Undeterred, Milly kept looking for opportunities to work at Siemens Mobility’s Goole plant, regularly checking the website for apprenticeships. Now, her perseverance has paid off as she has been chosen as one of 12 apprentices from 200 applicants to undertake a rail engineering technician apprenticeship.

    This is brilliant for Goole because Siemens Mobility is such a big company and there isn’t anything like it in this area. It will create a lot of new jobs, bring more people into the town and encourage people to relocate to the area. It was interesting to meet Boris Johnson and it was good that he visited.”


    Kate Rodley (18)

    When she was only 14, Kate Rodley knew she wanted to work for Siemens. Four years ago, she took part in an electric kit car race, organised by the Greenpower Education Trust and supported by Siemens, while she was a Year 10 student at Beverley High School in East Yorkshire. Now, after gaining a double Distinction and a Distinction in Engineering at Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) in Hull, Kate has been chosen as one of the first apprentices to join the workforce at Siemens Mobility’s new pioneering facility.

    “During the Greenpower electric car project at the KCOM Stadium in Hull we worked closely with Siemens and I’ve wanted to join them ever since. I’m so excited to start my career and looking forward to entering an adult environment, being practical and independent, while learning with the other apprentices. The apprenticeship offers travel opportunities too, which is also exciting.”

    Tuesday 15 Sep 2020

  • Going Gold: Selby College receives prestigious RoSPA’s President Award for Health and Safety

    Selby College has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) President’s Award for its outstanding health and safety performance.

    RoSPA’s esteemed President Accolade is presented to organisations who have received 10 Consecutive Gold Awards, highlighting Selby College’s commitment to ensuring a safe learning and working environment year on year.

    The award scheme recognises the College’s overall health and safety performance, policies and procedures, including its health and safety management systems and leadership and workforce involvement.

    “I’m extremely proud to say that we have won our tenth consecutive RoSPA Gold Award, which has resulted in the College being awarded RoSPA’s well-regarded President Accolade,” said Ken Sharp, Health and Safety Advisor at Selby College. “Over the past 10 years, we have always gone the extra mile to ensure that we are continuously evolving our health and safety practices to keep our students and staff safe. This has truly been a team effort and I would like to thank everyone involved who has helped in reaching this significant milestone.”

    This comes as the College is preparing its campus for a full reopening to all students and staff from Wednesday the 16th of September. As part of this, the College has carried out a detailed assessment of the risks posed by Covid-19 and many steps have been taken to ensure students and staff are able to work safely.

    This includes the implementation of safety precautions across the campus, such as social distancing measures and increased handwashing and sanitising facilities. The College has also introduced ‘Ten Top Safety Actions’ for all students and staff to follow to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    The College has also made the decision to make face coverings mandatory in communal areas across the College, such as corridors, stairs, toilets and other indoor communal areas on campus.

    “The award comes at a pivotal time, as the College prepares to fully reopen its doors to existing and new students this week. At Selby College, we have an excellent track record when it comes to health and safety and being awarded the RoSPA’s President Award echoes this,” said Phil Sayles, Principal and CEO of Selby College. “None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for Ken and the support and cooperation of everyone here at the College and I have every confidence that together, we will create a safe environment for all of our students and staff.”

    The RoSPA Awards are one most prestigious and recognised schemes in the world, with almost 2000 entries every year and a reach of over seven million employees.

    The Awards are judged by a panel of experienced health and safety professionals as well as representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, Engineering Employers’ Federation, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Society of Occupational Health Nurses, National Examination Board in Occupational Safety & Health, Local Government Employers, Electrical Contractors’ Association and the Trades Union Congress.

    Since starting at the College in 2003, Ken has played a leading role in shaping and implementing the College’s health and safety strategy  which has helped the College to secure the RoSPA President’s Award. After 17 years as the acting Health and Safety advisor at Selby College, Ken has chosen to retire as of October 2020.

    For more information about the RoSPA Awards, visit:

    For more information about Selby College, please visit:

    Monday 14 Sep 2020

  • Selby College supports aspiring teachers with affordable PGCE courses

    As teacher training applicants rise nationally, Selby College is helping aspiring teachers gain the skills and knowledge they need for a career in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

    According to figures released by Ucas, more than 21,000 graduates have applied to teacher training programmes since the start of the coronavirus lockdown - a rise of 65% on the last five years. From mid-June until mid-July alone, the number of applications increased by 91% compared to 2019.

    Selby College offers a Certificate in Education/Professional and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which cover every part of the profession, from the teaching itself to the administrative and curriculum development activities required, whilst allowing students to focus on their particular subject-specialist area.

    “Whether you aspire to be a teacher or a teaching assistant, teachers have the opportunity every day to inspire people of all ages, which is an incredibly rewarding thing,” said Stacy Vipas, Teaching and Learning Manager at Selby College. “For those looking to pursue a career in teaching, our PGCE course offers prospective students with the opportunity to gain the skills they need in a supportive and friendly environment. The flexibility of the course also means it can be carried out during evening sessions, as well as remotely during these uncertain times, meaning it can fit around peoples’ lifestyles and commitments.”

    Stacy teaches on the College’s PGCE course and oversees the College’s learning and development strategy. Stacy has also recently completed her ATS training, which represents a badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training.

    Stacy puts this into practice when delivering the College’s teacher training courses, which aim to prepare students for the teaching, administrative and curriculum development activities involved at colleges and other education and training organisations.

    “Teaching has always been an appealing career choice, but this attraction has grown even further following the pandemic,” said Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College. “The significant role that teachers play in shaping and supporting our society has been well and truly magnified during lockdown, which is why it is not surprising that applications for teacher training programmes have soared. At Selby College, our experienced and passionate tutors are well positioned to help aspiring teachers gain the knowledge and understanding they need to make that step into a career in the Lifelong Learning Sector, affordably and flexibly.”

    The two-year course is designed to prepare students for a career in the Lifelong Learning sector which could include further education, adult education, offender learning, local government, health services, police, the armed forces, or for private trainers.

    The programme is based on attending evening sessions and a significant amount of learning happens on a teaching placement – allowing students to put theory into practice.

    These teacher training qualifications are awards of the University of Huddersfield, a leading institution in teacher education, and enable students to focus on their particular subject specialist area.

    To find out more about Selby College’s PGCE programme, please visit: The College is still accepting applications for September 2020 entry.

    Thursday 10 Sep 2020

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