Tresham College is now benefitting from being part of one of the top Further Education groups in the UK, heard guests at the annual Northamptonshire Achievements Ceremony at Kettering Conference Centre.
Joining the event was the Mayor of Corby, where Tresham College has exciting campus and where a new Learning Centre to upgrade adult IT skills is to be opened. Together with the existing Learning Centre in Kettering, 1,000 students will be enrolled each year.
As well as modern campuses in Kettering and Corby, the Wellingborough campus is to benefit from as £7.5 Million investment which will bring 1,000 students into the town centre, reported Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of The Bedford College Group, created via the merger with Tresham College in August 2017.
“Tonight we celebrate the achievements of the first full academic year since the merger and acknowledge the part played in that progress by local councils, MPs, parents and students. We thank our sponsors whose supports indicates the value local employers place on Tresham College: Tata Steel, The Weetabix Food Company, RS Components, Prestige Homeseeker, Keepmoat Home and Howarth Timber.
“Student results at Tresham College have been particularly impressive. As part of the group, it contributed to taking 1,000 students, who had failed their CGSE Maths or English at school, and passed after only 34 weeks at college.
“Progression for students on to Higher Education, or degree-level learning courses, is being made available through closer relationships with universities in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.
“So if you want to get ahead of the rest, head for Tresham.”
Mr Pryce did take the opportunity to criticise Government funding for “technical education”. He said: “The recent Institute for Fiscal Studies report showed that college funding per student has gone from 50% above the level for schools to 8% below in 20 years and colleges have been hardest hit by austerity. If we want world class skills, then we must invest in colleges.”
Chair of The Bedford College Group Corporation Roger Marriott welcomed investment by the South East Midlands LEP (SEMLEP) into the group – including the campus at Wellingborough. “We are ambitious for our students and welcome the highest levels of achievement.”
In addition to certificates for successes, some special prizes were given:
Outstanding Student of the Year William Phillips (now at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts) in London
Teacher of the Year Award Susan McGrath
Celebrity Speaker at the Tresham College Achievements Ceremony at the Kettering Conference Centre on Thursday 29th November was Max McMurdo.
Max McMurdo is best known as a celebrity “upcycler” on TV programmes like the ‘£10K holiday home’ and ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ but he began his career as a car designer in Germany after studying Product Design at Bournemouth University.
Max, whose business is based in Northamptonshire, told the audience that after training he followed his passion for finding news ways of using materials, applying some of the skills he learned in product design to launch a creative career.
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