Bridgend College showcase award in celebration event.

The College held a celebration event at its training restaurant ‘Seasons’ based at Bridgend campus on Friday 2nd February, in honour of the Association of Colleges’ Beacon Award that was awarded to the College in November 2017.

The RSM Leadership and Governance award sets crucial parameters for governors and managers of colleges and 6th form academies UK wide, with the aim to improve and maintain an excellent quality of teaching and general experience for students.

Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones, attended the recent celebration event at the College, along with Stephanie Mason, a representative for RSM. Mr Jones commended the College as being an “asset to the local community and the area of Bridgend as a whole.”

Paul Croke, Chair of the Governing Body delivered an insightful speech regarding the College’s strategies for maintaining high standards and proudly expressed the College’s significance for being recognised for the award.

In order to apply for the award, the College welcomed assessors from the AOC and RSM throughout last year, who were provided with explanatory presentations by college staff to support the application. The assessors also had the opportunity to meet with staff and learners who gave positive insights into life at the College. The award ceremony itself was held at the AOC Annual Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham, with Bridgend College and Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education going head to head. The ceremony concluded with Bridgend College being presented the RSM Leadership and Governance award.

Over 300 UK wide Further Education colleges and academies can compete for the award annually, which allows winners to showcase the innovative ways that students, staff and communities alike are supported.