West Suffolk College

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West Suffolk College
WestSuffolkCollege logo.gif
Established 1951
Type Further Education, Higher Education & Apprenticeships
Location Out Risbygate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 3RL
England
52°14′56″N 0°41′59″E / 52.2489°N 0.6997°E / 52.2489; 0.6997Coordinates: 52°14′56″N 0°41′59″E / 52.2489°N 0.6997°E / 52.2489; 0.6997
Local authority Suffolk
Staff 771
Students 10,662 (15/16)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14+
Publication The Gateway Magazine
Website www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk
The Gateway at West Suffolk College, July 2015

West Suffolk College is a Further Education college in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.[1] It is a member of the University of Suffolk, commonly known as the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College,[2] and provides a range of apprenticeships and undergraduate degree courses.

Campuses[edit]

The main campus is situated on Out Risbygate in Bury St Edmunds, while the Building Services and Construction facilities are at The Milburn Centre on Anglian Lane, a short walk from the main campus.

The college also has a number of local colleges throughout Suffolk.[3] These are located in: Haverhill, Ipswich, Mildenhall, Stowmarket, Newmarket, Thetford and Sudbury. In 2015/16, there were 2,915 students enrolled on adult education courses.[4]

Each summer, the college has an awards ceremony at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.[5]

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College[edit]

In 2015/16, 649 students studied foundation and undergraduate degrees at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.[4] Graduation ceremonies are held every September/October at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.[6] The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College is renowned for its state-of-the-art recording studios and music production courses, with students continuing to exclusively record live concerts by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO).[7]

History[edit]

In 1951, the Bury St Edmunds Technical Institute began offering Engineering, Building and vocational evening classes in the grounds of the Silver Jubilee School. In 1958, it decided to construct a new purpose built college on its own ground, at the Gibraltar Barracks site, where the West Suffolk College is today. It was officially opened on 29 May 1961.[8]

In the 1970s and 1980s, the college expanded; from 1970 to 1977, the Engineering, Construction and Motor Vehicle training centres were built.[8] In 1983, Australia House, a dedicated beauty, hair and hospitality school was opened. A year later, a purpose built facility for students with learning difficulties and disabilities was built.[8] The expansion continued into the 1990s; with Gibraltar House opening in 1999.[8]

In 2006, the college was awarded Grade 1: Outstanding by Ofsted and in 2011, Dr Ann Williams, the then Principal, was appointed an OBE for services to Further Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.[8] She was replaced by Dr Nikos Savvas in 2013.[8] In 2014, a new building, The Gateway, now the face of the college, was opened. The following year the college received confirmation of a £7m government grant to help pay for an £8m energy, engineering and manufacturing teaching centre.[9] In September 2015, the college began Animal Care and Management courses at the Newmarket Academy.[10] In 2016, the college was ranked in the top five per cent in the country for its achievement rates in Level 3 Vocational Diplomas, the best in the Eastern Region,[11] and the second best GCSE English resit results in the country.[12]

The college offers a range of Apprenticeships and in 2016, it enrolled over 1,000 people onto its apprenticeships,[13] with an achievement rate eight per cent higher than the national average at 78%.[13]

Following an inspection under new grading criteria, the college was graded as 'Good' by Ofsted.[14][15]

Principal[edit]

Dr Nikos Savvas has a doctorate in High Energy Particle Physics from Manchester University and has held senior roles in the further education sector for a number of years. He is a Board member for University of Suffolk,[16] ACER (Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region) [17] and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for Norfolk and Suffolk.[18] He took up the role of Principal at West Suffolk College in September 2013.[19]

Suffolk Academies Trust[edit]

The college is a sponsor of the Suffolk Academies Trust, a collaboration with One, which has been given permission by the Department for Education to build a new sixth form in Bury St Edmunds.[20] The sixth form will aim to cater for up to 1,700 pupils.[21]

Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Full & Part-Time Courses | West Suffolk College - Where Careers Begin". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  2. ^ Anonymous (2016-07-05). "University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College". University of Suffolk. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Adult Education & Leisure Learning | Our Courses | West Suffolk College". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Key facts | News and Events| West Suffolk College". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  5. ^ "College Celebrates Students Success | The Gateway Magazine". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Success, Smiles and Sunshine for Students | The Gateway Magazine". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Student recording of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | The Gateway Magazine". Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "History | About Us | West Suffolk College". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Latest news | News and Events | West Suffolk College". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Animal Care & Animal Management Diplomas in Newmarket". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  11. ^ "College is One of the Best in the Country | The Gateway Magazine". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  12. ^ "College delight after achieving second best GCSE English results in the country | The Gateway Magazine". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  13. ^ a b "Latest news | News and Events | West Suffolk College". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  14. ^ "The common inspection framework: education, skills and early years" (PDF). GOV.UK. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  15. ^ "College bucks national trend after Ofsted inspection | The Gateway Magazine". Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  16. ^ Savvas, Nikos (2016-08-18). "Dr Nikos Savvas". University of Suffolk. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  17. ^ "Board Members – ACER – Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region". www.acer.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  18. ^ "The Board - New Anglia LEP for Norfolk and Suffolk". New Anglia LEP for Norfolk and Suffolk. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  19. ^ "Latest news | News and Events | West Suffolk College". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  20. ^ "Plans for new sixth form college in Bury St Edmunds given the green light – Suffolk Academies Trust". www.suffolkacademiestrust.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  21. ^ "Matt Hancock is delighted by approved plans for a new sixth form college". Matt Hancock MP. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  22. ^ "Michelin Star Chef Albert Roux is coming to dinner | News and Events | West Suffolk College". www.westsuffolkcollege.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-04. 

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