An ‘outstanding’ North East college is now in the running for three national awards, including FE College of the Year.
Gateshead College has been shortlisted in three categories; FE College of the Year, and Support for Learners; college principal and chief executive Judith Doyle has also been shortlisted as FE Leader of the Year in the Times Education Supplement’s FE Awards.
More than 100 providers, individuals and teams are in the running for 14 awards, which will be presented at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on April 22.
Last year Ofsted judged Gateshead College as ‘outstanding’ both in the way the college delivers the very best teaching and learning but also in the way that students are work-ready and have an employability edge. The national Skills Funding Agency last year also named Gateshead College as number 1 college in the North East and number 3 in the country based on the success rates of students.
The prestigious TES awards celebrate those who have had an outstanding influence on post-16 education in the UK. They are open to entries from anyone working in the learning and skills sector in the UK, and this year are being held in association with the Education and Training Foundation.
For the first time, the winners of the sixth-form college, FE college and training provider categories will compete for the overall Provider of the Year crown. The winner of the lifetime achievement category will also be announced on the night.
Judith Doyle, principal and chief executive at Gateshead College, said: “I’m thrilled that the hard work of my team has been recognised among the best in the country and that the contribution the FE sector makes is being celebrated in this way.
“We offer an outstanding education at our college because we put everything we’ve got into making sure our students succeed and are in the best possible position to get a job when they leave us.”