28 November 2016

Ashton Sixth Form College is celebrating after receiving an Association of Colleges Beacon Award for College/School Partnerships, sponsored by the Skills and Education Group.

The college works with six local secondary schools, including one for students with profound learning difficulties, to support each other in improving educational standards in the local area and to make sure students get the best results they can.

The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. They reward colleges that go above and beyond in providing high-quality technical and professional education. Award winners must also offer something exceptional to students and the wider community.

The award judges noted that the college provides teachers for secondment to support schools in GCSE maths, psychology and dance. The college’s maths team also supports year 9 and 10 students to learn revision skills.

Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of the Skills and Education Group, commented:

“We are delighted that Ashton Sixth Form College is this years award winner. Their partnership with local schools demonstrates their commitment to put the needs of learners above the aspirations of the institution, and ensure that learners receive unlimited opportunities to progress onto further or higher education or into the workplace.”

Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards, stated:

“Ashton Sixth Form College is an outstanding representative of the excellent work happening in colleges across the country. It’s a privilege to be part of an awards programme that recognises the energy colleges put into supporting their students, staff, employers and local communities.”

Mike Davis, Chief Assessor for the AoC Beacon Awards, said:

“The high standard of submissions to the AoC Beacon Awards often makes it very hard for the judges to choose the winners. Ashton Sixth Form College can be proud to receive this award for demonstrating its commitment to create the best possible experience for its students.”

The college was announced as the winner by comedian Jon Culshaw at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham. The Skills and Education Group also committed to further supporting the AoC Beacon Awards for another year. For further information on the AoC Beacon Awards please click here.