Area Review concludes Black Country Colleges healthy and doing a good job

The Area Review into the state of Black Country general further education and sixth-form colleges has concluded institutions are working well to meet the skills shortages of their areas and the sector is characterized by a spirit of collaboration, underpinned by financial stability and robust strategic planning. Four local authority areas of: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Walsall Council and Wolverhampton City Council, with a total population of approximately 1.16 million people, formed the focus of the review with six local providers: City of Wolverhampton College, Dudley College of Technology, Halesowen College, King Edward VI College Stourbridge, Sandwell College and Walsall College, place...

Congratulations to our prize winners

On 5th January, some of our high achieving 2016 leavers were invited back to college along with their parents, staff members and distinguished guests for an evening celebrating their accomplishments over the two years they spent at King Ed's. The evening was a celebratory occasion, with addresses from the Chair of Governor and the Principal, presentation of prizes and musical interludes provided by students Amy Price (S. Peter's Collegiate School), Grace Whyte (Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College) and Harry Fletcher (Redhill). Alumnus Dr Clare Taylor, who was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to general practice, was present as guest speaker and to distribute prizes to the winners. She spoke to the students about her time at King...

Students return for reunion

On 5th January, our 2016 leavers were invited to reunite over drinks and snacks while they collected their exam certificates. The event boasted a record turnout of over 350 students who all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with their former classmates and teachers. Staff also enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with their previous students and find out what they are getting up to.   Any students who were unable to attend can collect their certificates from registry at any time.

Staff and students recognised for hard work

Last week, some of our hardworking students were recognised for their contribution to the college at our termly commendation awards. The event took place on Tuesday 29th November, when the students, who were nominated by their subject teachers and curriculum leaders, gathered in the Foley building to celebrate their achievements. Students were nominated for their hard work in a range of subjects for excellent progress, achievement and contribution to their subject area or for their services to the college as a whole. In addition, George Bate (Redhill) was presented with the Rebecca McManus Award as the winner of the annual poetry competition. The students that received a commendation were: George Bate (Redhill) Caine Bunn (Ridgewood) ...

King Ed's draws praise for its careers work in Ofsted annual report

King Edward VI College in Stourbridge has drawn praise from Ofsted this week as the Government's education watchdog published its Education and Skills annual report. The report describes how King Edward's provides the 'effective support' that helps students choose the right subjects at A Level and how continuing support for students throughout their studies ensures 'almost all students gain places at their preferred university'. The 150 page report penned by Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for schools, provides a 'state of the nation' overview of all school and college provision in the UK, with King Edward's being one of a small number of schools and colleges singled out as examples of best practice. Speaking about th...

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