Weymouth College has been awarded the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Sport in the Curriculum 2016
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.
Inspiring students to achieve, develop and excel through sport, health and fitness is a key feature of the college’s sporting curriculum. It has forged strong partnerships with schools, sports clubs, employers and county sport organisations to give students opportunities to take part in planning local sporting events. Using work placements, volunteering and working with local groups allows students to understand the leisure industry while boosting their confidence and employability skills.
Judges praised the college for the high level achievement among the majority of its students and for encouraging excellence through talent and hard work. They also noted that students were given experience in authentic surroundings in the local community.
Nigel Evans, Principal of Weymouth College, said:
“We are delighted that Weymouth College has been recognised for its truly outstanding provision in Sports and Public Services. This is the College’s third beacon award in three years and the second in sport and public services, an area which has been consistently outstanding for the last 8 years. It is a tribute to Head of School, Martin Oliver, his staff, and community partners including Redlands Community Sports Hub and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. This also confirms Weymouth College as one of the highest performing colleges in the country. This is a great start to the new academic year where the College has seen very strong recruitment not only across all levels up to and including foundation degree but also in apprenticeships. “
Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards, added: “Weymouth 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.”
Martin Oliver, Head of School for Sport and Public Services at Weymouth College, said:
“It is a tremendous achievement from all students, staff, partners, local employers and everyone connected with Weymouth College. To receive National recognition for our curriculum in Sport and Public Services is evidence of the outstanding provision that we offer which is great news for all past/present and prospective new students looking to progress into a career in Sport and Public Services. To win this Award for the second time in the last three years is unprecedented and I am very proud of the Sport and Public Services team for what it is a fantastic achievement.”
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. Weymouth 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 a winner by comedian Jon Culshaw at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham.