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    During this year’s inductions at Carshalton College, theatre group Diverse Voices are performing to students. Their “After Party” show raises awareness of current issues affecting young people. 

    Diverse Voices provide theatre in education performances and performing arts in a wide range of community settings. They use comedy as a tool to engage the audience, while presenting serious issues through easily identifiable characters students can relate to. Issues raised include bullying, smoking weed, sexual health, peer pressure and alcohol abuse. 

    The performances at Carshalton College include talented actresses Emily Linard and Ariete Santos and  Dwayne Gumbs who co-founded Diverse Voices Entertainment in 2008. Dwayne has written, scripted, acted and directed many pieces with various subject matters for different purposes. They are also joined by actor Paul Danan who starred in Holloyaks and celebrity reality show Celebrity Love Island. 

    Dwayne spoke about the response from students at Carshalton College

    “Young people at Carshalton College have responded well to the show and approached us outside the performance to comment on how they have related to the show. It is great to work with young people in all kinds of settings, address issues in a creative way and give something back to the community.”

    Paul added

    “This is a fantastic College, I feel proud to have had the opportunity of working here and presenting to such promising students.”

    Lisa Jones, Head of the Student Support Centre, co-ordinates the induction sessions for new students. The session includes an Introduction and Welcome from the Head of College, Janet Smith, films outlining the support and guidance available to students at the College, performance from Diverse Voices and a free goody bag from Leisure Kicks.

    For more information on Diverse Voices please click here and follow them on Facebook at diversevoices and Twitter @diversevoices. Please follow Paul Danan on Twitter @PaulyDanan

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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    Carshalton College’s Head of College, Janet Smith, took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday 28 August at 11.00am. Carshalton College will be donating £100 for pouring a bucket of water over Janet.

    Janet challenged Students and Staff to join in a Group Bucket Challenge during induction at the start of the new term. Principal, Peter Mayhew-Smith, was one of the group to join in the group challenge which took place on Monday 15 September.

    Visit the Carshalton College Facebook page to see Janet's and the group challenge.

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is to raise awareness and money for motor neurone disease. It has become a massive wide world viral campaign where people are challenged to throw a bucket of ice water over their heads before nominating three other people to take on the challenge within the following 24 hours. 

    Following in the frozen footsteps of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake and Steven Gerrard, Janet is pleased to be able to take part in the challenge to help raise money and increase awareness to get as many staff and students involved too. 

    ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which is the most common type of motor neurone disease. In the UK it is termed as MND and in the USA they use ALS. MND is a rapidly progressive and fatal disease, which can affect any adult at any time and attacks the motor neurones that send messages from the brain to the muscles, leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves.

    The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no known cure. Around 5,000 people in the UK have MND at any one time, with half of people with the disease dying within 14 months of diagnosis. It kills five people every day in the UK.

    The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association is the only national organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dedicated to the support of people with MND and those who care for them. The Association funds research to understand what causes MND, how to diagnose it and, most importantly, how to effectively treat it so that it no longer devastates lives.

    Denise Davies, Head of Community Fundraising at the MND Association, said: “Without the amazing support of people like Janet Smith and the staff and students at Carshalton College, the MND Association simply would not be able to provide it’s vital support services and fund research to find a cure. Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease.”

    Donate by visiting www.mndassociation.org or text ICED55 (with amount of your donation)

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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  • 09/16/14--08:48: Gas Safe Week 2014
  • Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register with support from the gas industry including retailers, manufacturers, consumer bodies and the public.

    Twenty three million households in United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Did you know?

    • Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
    • Gas Safe Register estimates that there are around 7,500 illegal gas fitters operating across the UK and up to 250,000 illegal gas jobs may be carried out each year (Gas Safe Register Research 2009).
    • Although there is awareness that gas appliances need to be safety checked annually, 43% of Britons don’t do it, and 10% have gas appliances which have never been checked (Gas Safety Week Research 2011).

    Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. It replaced CORGI.

    Registering with Gas Safe Register is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out gas work in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey. For more information and to register email register@gassaferegister.co.ukor call 0800 408 5577.


    How to find an engineer

    Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. It replaced CORGI.

    To make sure that gas appliances such as boilers, fires, ovens and hobs are fitted, fixed and serviced safely, only a Gas Safe registered engineer should carry out the work. If someone other than a Gas Safe registered engineer undertakes gas work, they are breaking the law and could put lives at risk.

    To prove they are legally permitted to work on gas, all Gas Safe registered engineers have an ID card with their own unique licence number and a photograph. Those in the building industry must always check that engineers contracted to undertake gas work are on the Gas Safe Register.

    To find or check an engineer go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.


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    Be at the forefront of the future of Health and Social Care.

    Study at Carshalton College on our Foundation Degree (FdA) in Health and Social Care  and benefit from:

    • Lower tuition fees = less debt (£4,300 per year)
    • A course that is delivered to fit in with your busy working schedule (come to College 1 day per week 4.30pm – 9.00pm)
    • Small class sizes
    • One to one support
    • Lectures, tutorials and presentations to help your learning development
    • 93% student satisfaction rate putting us in the top 20 Higher Education providers

    Call John Buckley on 020 8544 4659 or Tim Ellison 020 8544 4530 to discuss a September 2014 start.


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  • 09/22/14--06:23: Have you got the Edge?
  • Would you like to explore or develop your entrepreneurial skills?

    Carshalton College and Kingston College are offering a fantastic opportunity for students to set up and run their own company as part of the Edge competition. This will provide a valuable opportunity for learners to explore or develop their entrepreneurial skills.

    In this economic climate it is increasingly important to equip and prepare students for the world of work and help them find a competitive edge.

    Help will be available in a variety of formats including:

    · Business Advice Workshops

    · Business Buddies

    · Financial Help

    The Edge competition was launched to inspire young people to consider starting their own business whilst improving their employment prospects as well as supporting business units that students are undertaking as part of their College education.

    The federated Colleges have embraced a culture of enterprising futures to foster a new generation of social and commercial entrepreneurs.

    For further details or to register:

    Email: enquiries@eezone.org

    Call: 020 8544 3001

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IS FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER


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    Carshalton College’s next Open Event is on Wednesday 15 October, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Visit the College for tours, the chance to meet tutors and students and gain advice & guidance. 

    Pre-register
    If you would like to attend our Open Event you can pre register to attend in advance and receive a ticket to bring along. Visitors can also register on the day at the event if preferred.

    As your local vocational College, Carshalton College has excellent state of the art facilities that are continuously evolving to provide an outstanding learning environment. The College offers Full-Time, Part-Time, Higher Education and Access, Skills for Life & Work courses and Apprenticeships for students of all ages and abilities.

    Subjects include accountancy, art & design, beauty, brickwork, business, childcare, catering, carpentry, construction, digital media and games, electrical, hairdressing, health & social care, IT, music technology, motor vehicle, plastering, plumbing, public services and sport.

    Tours

    During the Open Event visitors can take a tour of our facilities which include the Renaissance Hair and Beauty Salons, Nightingales our in-house training restaurant, Construction and Motor Vehicle Workshops and our Creative Industries’ workspaces. 

    Meet our team of tutors and students

    Tutors and students will be available to answer any questions. You can also apply at the event for courses with immediate start dates and those commencing in September 2015.

    Advice and Guidance

    The Student Support Centre will be available to talk to at the Open Event. Visit the team to receive advice and guidance on finances, education & training opportunities and information on College Life with the common room, learner voice, enrichment and student union.

    Why Carshalton College?

    Carshalton College celebrates being awarded GOOD by Ofsted
    In May 2014 Carshalton College received a GOOD Grading following their Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education) Inspection

    This grading gives the teaching and support staff recognition for their enthusiasm, hard work and dedication that provides a ‘welcoming, stimulating and inclusive environment’ as concluded in the final report.

    Best College in London & Surrey

    Carshalton College is delighted to have been recognised for the third year running as ‘The Best College in London & Surrey’* for long courses.

    Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal at Carshalton College, is thrilled by the news and says, “This is a fantastic result for the College, to have the best success rates on long courses in both London and Surrey for three years running is a great feat. The whole team at the College is involved in this success and I must thank the staff, students and governors who have all contributed to our continued success.  We now look to concentrate on ensuring this continued success and high achievements for our individual learners.”

    *Long course success rates 2010/11, 2011/12 & 2012/13 Source: The Data Service

    Visit us on Wednesday 15 October 2014 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

    www.carshalton.ac.uk
    020 8544 4501
    cs@carshalton.ac.uk


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    Our latest menu is now available for Carshalton College’s in house training restaurant, Nightingales.

    Nightingales will open again on Monday 6 October 2014.

    During term time from October to June, our Hospitality and Catering students cook from fresh ingredients and serve delicious lunches and dinners for the general public to enjoy. Nightingales is a favourite with local residents who have discovered the delights of this dining venue.

    3 Course Lunches are available from 12.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for £9.95. Dinners are available on Thursdays evenings from 7.00pm and include a 5 course dinner for only £18.50. 

    Throughout the year there are themed evenings with Valentines Day specials, Christmas celebrations and Hell’s Kitchen Competition.

    Meals are prepared and served by our enthusiastic students under the supervision of experienced chefs with our full-time, part-time and Apprenticeship courses.

    2014/15 Nightingales Menu

    Please download our menu by clicking here

    contact us

    Please contact the Hospitality & Catering team at nightingales@carshalton.ac.uk if you would like to receive a copy in the post.

    Bookings can be made by ringing 020 8544 4433 Monday to Friday or through our online booking form

    Vegetarian and special dietary options are available on request.


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    Commencing on Saturday 4 October 2014, Carshalton College will be running weekly Saturday Coderdojo Workshops from 10.00am to 1.00pm during term time. 

    Come along and engage with creative programming and digital fun for young people and parents.

    Carshalton Coder Dojo is part of the international network of Dojos that aim to foster an interest in all aspects of coding computers and devices. They are open to people of all ages and have mentors from the software industry to help and advise. Parents are more than welcome to come along ( If you are under 12 they MUST stay with you.)

    With experts to help from the creative industry, children and parents can learn programming technology together and

    • Use 3D and Creative Software
    • Create computer games
    • Learn to programme
    • Design Robots

    For more information and to book a space, please contact

    Mark Gatehouse, Team Leader for Creative Technologies   

    e: Mark.gatehouse@carshalton.ac.uk

    Carshalton College, Nightingale Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2EJ

    For more information on Coderdojo, please visit www.coderdojo.com


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    From Tuesday 30 September to Thursday 2 October Carshalton College is holding a Health and Wellbeing Week. This initiative aims to encourage both staff and students to maintain a healthy, balanced physical, mental and sexual lifestyle. There will be a variety of external agencies visiting throughout the week and we are encouraging all our students and staff to meet with them and find out what they could do to improve their health. 

    Information stands will include 

    - Drug Awareness

    - Exercising and Sport; Promoting healthy exercise for all

    - Healthy Eating; Promotion of ‘5 a day’ campaign

    - Mental Health

    - Sexual Health

    - Stop Smoking Service 

    Plus

    NCS with The Challenge 

    This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 15 – 17 year olds that builds skills and confidence and helps them get ahead in work and life. They will be visiting the College to let students know how they can get involved.

    The Challenge is the country’s largest provider of NCS (National Citizen Service), a government-funded programme. It allows participants to get active by developing their leadership and team work skills, create friendships and build confidence by working with  some of the best outdoor instructors in the  UK. At the end they receive a signed certificate from the Prime Minister and can join the graduate programme, The Challenge Society.

    NCS is also recognised by UCAS, universities and employers who recommend students to take part

    For more information do have a look on http://www.ncsthechallenge.org

     

    The Sutton & Merton PCT   

     

    will be promoting Sexual Health Services with

     

    • STI advice
    • Provision of condoms
    • Chlamydia testing

    Learning Resource Centre

    Find out more about a healthy lifestyle, offering staff & students the opportunity to borrow one of the many books or DVDs available in the Centre.

    For more details please contact the Student Support Centre on 020 8544 4405.


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    Amelia Naylor completed her Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Course  at Carshalton College in 2012. Since then Amelia has been busy exploring different roles in the Beauty Industry highlighting the variety of opportunities

    “It's been two years since I finished my Level 3, after finishing College I went to work full time in the salon where I worked in Wimbledon and stayed there for 8 months before deciding to travel. I had my Steiner interview but unfortunately didn't pass the interview as I panicked through the assessment so decided to apply to another company but this time to work in the French Alps as a Beauty Therapist.  I got the job and moved back to France in October 2012 for six months.

    I loved it, I learnt how to ski and at the same time got experience working for myself doing lots and lots of massage for all the skiers. Then after that I came back to London I worked a month in my cousins salon in Kingswood with was great to get back in a salon environment and then booked a flight to go on holiday for two months before moving to Liverpool. I am slowly settling down for the moment,  I'm working full time In a beauty salon called Urban Calm which I love, I have learnt so much since college which is crazy because I thought I had learnt so much then :) I definitely need to say a huge thank you to all the staff  for where I am today:).”

    Carshalton College offers Entry Level and Level 1, 2 and 3 Beauty Courses. Beauty students do a full range of treatments including: manicures, pedicures, facials, eyes treatments, waxing, make-up, false eyelashes, massage and spray tanning. Please click here to download our latest beauty treatment and price list. The teaching staff are all dedicated practitioners who continue to work in industry alongside their teaching role, keeping updated of new trends, innovative ideas and practices.

    The team have worked in various salons and spa’s around London and around the world, on board cruise ships, managing salons within health clubs, run beauty businesses both mobile and salon based and worked as therapists with triathlon athletes, marathon runners and football clubs. 

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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    On Monday 6 October, Carshalton College welcomed L.A.C.E.S (London Anti Crime Education Scheme) to the College to provide talks to the students about the dangers of criminal activities.

    Sports, Motor Vehicle, Construction, and Music students watched a workshop called “The Slippery Slope”.

    L.A.C.E.S is an educational programme which was developed in 1994 by Charles Young. Charles has previously spent 22 years “inside” and since coming out, has spoken to thousands of young people about the dangers of falling into a criminal career path and the consequences of that. Charlie's message is clear and simple "Don't Follow a criminal path as I did".      

    Charles will be bringing a “POP UP CELL” with him to provide a realistic insight into what it is really like being locked up for 23 hours a day and will also be assisted by a member of the Youth Justice Board and a retired Police Officer.

    The workshop was repeated at 10.00am and 2.00pm.


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    Ten Level 3 Hairdressing students styled winners of a competition as they indulge in a pamerping day. Wear It For Autism’ pampered Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers who either have autism themselves or care for those living with the condition in a super-stylish fashion event at London’s Millenium Hotel, Knightsbridge, London on Monday 6 October. 

    Carshalton College’s hairdressing tutor Fiona Chaffey was asked to be involved in the event and will took along students to style the hair of all the winners. The evening involved catwalk shows and acts with performers from Britain's Got Talent. Guests included actors & actresses from Eastenders and reality TV Shows.

    Anna Kennedy OBE organizes the event and is thrilled to run the pampering event again after the success of the 2013 event. She says
    “The idea behind Wear It For Autism was to spoil those who usually never get a chance to treat – or even think – of themselves. Living with autism can be challenging and extremely demanding so we wanted to create a special event, that would be fun for all involved.”

    This year the event was supported by Models of Diversity and Pineapple Performing Arts.   

    Fiona has fantastic links to provide students with the opportunities to take part in external events and gain added experience for their CVs. Fiona said

    “It will be give the students an insight into a different world and open up an alternative avenue into the hair industry in addition to working in a salon. There are endless opportunities and one is working back stage at events like this and being a sessional stylist.”

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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  • 10/09/14--08:51: Special Lunchtime Offer
  • Nightingales are offering a special lunchtime offer for one week only from Monday 20 October to Friday 24 October.

    Enjoy 2 courses for only £6.50!

    Menu

    Starter

    Goujons of seasonal fish, with fresh tartar sauce

    Chicken and mushroom soup

    Main Course

    Roast pork and parsley potatoes with apple sauce and red wine jus

    Grilled seasonal fish with lemon and parsley butter

    Dessert 

    Apple strudel served with crème anglaise

    Lemon Tart with crème chantilly

    and Tea or coffee for an extra £1.50

    Nightingales is Carshalton College's on-site training restaurant. Meals are prepared and served by our enthusiastic students under the supervision of experienced chefs. The restaurant is open to the public for lunch, dinner, functions and business events. 

    Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Lunchtimes

    To Book Please Call: 0208 544 4433


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    The Student Support Centre team at Carshalton College have all been trained as NHS Stop Smoking Advisers.

    The NHS Stop Smoking Service providers a national network of advisers who are trained to help people quit. Lisa Jones, Head of the Student Support Team and her 5 advisers will be able to give accurate information and advice on how to quit, as well as professional support during the first few weeks after students and staff have stopped smoking. 

    Jennifer Percival, who trains NHS stop smoking advisers, says that a combination of support and treatment is proven to give you the best chance of stopping smoking.

    “The majority of people who see an adviser will get through the first month after quitting without smoking a cigarette. And overall, you’re up to four times more likely to stop smoking for good if you receive help from an NHS Stop Smoking Service,” she says.

    The College hopes  that by having trained advisers based at the College, it will be easier for students and staff to approach them for information and support to stop smoking and promote health and wellbeing. 

    Lisa Jones talked about the success of the scheme so far 

    “We launched the Stop Smoking Service at the College on the 1st October, in line with the Department of Health’s “stoptober” Campaign. Already we are supporting 7 students and staff who want to give up smoking and I hope that this will be the first of many. Because we are based at the College and are easily accessible, I think it will really help anyone who wants to give up smoking get the advice and support they need. “

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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    Carshalton College has successfully secured a grant for £60,600 through the Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund. This bid has funded a part-time Sports Co-ordinator, Kimberley Humphrey, who will be responsible for increasing the number of students engaging in regular sport participation and encouraging a range of leadership and volunteering options for students. 

    The bid will also enable us to engage and collaborate with a range of local and regional partners to deliver some ambitious and exciting targets by August 2017. The Further Education Activation Fund aims to boost the number of students taking part in sport by supporting colleges to design and develop projects tailored to the sporting needs of their learners. Active Colleges is Sport England’s £25 million National Lottery fund which aims to help more college learners play sport. It aims to encourage an increase in regular participation in sport by further education learners across the country. 

    Kimberley has started the term by setting up Active Carshalton and talking to students about the activities they would like to have available at the College. Just Football is now taking place every Monday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm in the Pulse Sports Hall. Kimberley has plan to introduce lots more activities including

    • competitive competitions
    • turn up and play sessions
    • structured coaching
    • social sessions and
    • taster sessions

    For more information, please contact

    Kimberley Humphrey – Sport Coordinator
    kimberley.Humphrey@carshalton.ac.uk
    020 8544 4300 (ext:6331)

    why study sport at carshalton college

    Carshalton College offers a number of Full-Time and Part-Time Sport Courses providing the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for a successful career in the Sport and Exercise Industry or to continue your studies at Higher Education.

    Carshalton College also has fantastic facilities for our Full and Part Time Sport courses with our Pulse Health and Fitness Centre on site. Pulse has the following facilities

    • Air-conditioned 80 station gym with the latest Pulse cardio and strength equipment
    • 18m swimming pool with luxury steam room and quality changing facilities
    • Full size sports hall with four badminton courts, basketball, football, netball etc.
    • Two air-conditioned studios offering a range of activities and classes
    • Quality changing facilities for families and individuals
    • Disability access throughout 

    There is a team of expert staff with a wealth of experience and knowledge, read more in our staff profile page

    Our Part-Time courses offer flexible options to study with the following courses

    • CYG Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training; Evening and Daytime options
    • CYG Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing; Evening and Daytime options

    There are a variety of Full-Time courses to choose from including

    • CYG Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure
    • Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sports
    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science
    • CYG Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training & Sports Massage
    • BTEC Level 3 in Sports Science
    • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

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    Carshalton College’s next Open Event is on Saturday 15 November, from 9.30am to 1.00pm. Visit the College for tours, the chance to meet tutors and students and gain advice & guidance. 

    Pre-register
    If you would like to attend our Open Event you can pre register to attend in advance and receive a ticket to bring along. If you are unable to print the ticket, we can scan your barcode from your mobile device or search for your name.

    Visitors are welcome to register on the day at the event if preferred.

    Please note only potential learners need to register. Parents/friends attending with a potential learner do not need to register.

    As your local vocational College, Carshalton College has excellent state of the art facilities that are continuously evolving to provide an outstanding learning environment. The College offers Full-Time, Part-Time, Higher Education and Access, Skills for Life & Work courses and Apprenticeships for students of all ages and abilities.

    Subjects include accountancy, art & design, beauty, brickwork, business, childcare, catering, carpentry, construction, digital media and games, electrical, hairdressing, health & social care, IT, music technology, motor vehicle, plastering, plumbing, public services and sport.

    Tours

    During the Open Event visitors can take a tour of our facilities which include the Renaissance Hair and Beauty Salons, Nightingales our in-house training restaurant, Construction and Motor Vehicle Workshops and our Creative Industries’ workspaces. 

    Meet our team of tutors and students

    Tutors and students will be available to answer any questions. You can also apply at the event for courses with immediate start dates and those commencing in September 2015.

    Advice and Guidance

    The Student Support Centre will be available to talk to at the Open Event. Visit the team to receive advice and guidance on finances, education & training opportunities and information on College Life with the common room, learner voice, enrichment and student union.

    Why Carshalton College?

    Carshalton College celebrates being awarded GOOD by Ofsted
    In May 2014 Carshalton College received a GOOD Grading following their Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education) Inspection

    This grading gives the teaching and support staff recognition for their enthusiasm, hard work and dedication that provides a ‘welcoming, stimulating and inclusive environment’ as concluded in the final report.

    Best College in London & Surrey

    Carshalton College is delighted to have been recognised for the third year running as ‘The Best College in London & Surrey’* for long courses.

    Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal at Carshalton College, is thrilled by the news and says, “This is a fantastic result for the College, to have the best success rates on long courses in both London and Surrey for three years running is a great feat. The whole team at the College is involved in this success and I must thank the staff, students and governors who have all contributed to our continued success.  We now look to concentrate on ensuring this continued success and high achievements for our individual learners.”

    *Long course success rates 2010/11, 2011/12 & 2012/13 Source: The Data Service

    Visit us on Saturday 15 November 2014 from 9.30am to 1.00pm.

    www.carshalton.ac.uk
    020 8544 4501
    cs@carshalton.ac.uk


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  • 10/21/14--09:40: Student and published author
  • Charlie Rose, Carshalton College student and published author

    Charlie is currently studying a Level 3 Games Development course.  He has always had a passion for 'Gaming’ particularly in the fantasy and horror genre and was eager to enrol on a course that encompasses design, creativity and games.

    Mark Gatehouse, Team Leader for Media & Games says: 

     “Charlie shows great promise and is eager to learn and develop his skills. He enrolled on the Level 2 course but we quickly realised that he was proficient in the fundamental skills required for the Level 3 course.

    At the age of 16, Charlie decided to write short stories and after receiving positive reviews on Facebook went on to write a fictional novel entitled 'Blood of Blue Heart’ under his pseudonym, Kain Flemont.

    The book took two years to write and is a mixture of fantasy and horror. The book cover was designed by a friend of Charlie’s and was published last year on Amazon.

    Charlie says:

    I was inspired by the type of movies (horror/fantasy) that my brother and I watched. I decided to incorporate Gaming characters into my book and systems such as 'Levelling up’. I would love to eventually convert my book into a game.”

    Charlie is now writing a prequel to 'Blood of Blue Heart'.


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    Carshalton College celebrated being a finalist in the IMI Outstanding Achievers Awards ceremony. IMI, The Institute of the Motor Industry, celebrated the achievements of Automotive Professionals, students and training providers at its Awards Ceremony held on Thursday 24 October at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire.  The College’s Motor Vehicle Team were proud to be nominated in the Approved Centre of the Year Category with four other Colleges from the UK.

    His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, who is patron of the IMI Group, attended the event and described winners as “future leaders and current role models in the sector.”

    Speaking at the event IMI CEO Steve Nash commented:

     “Today’s winners represent the calibre of individual we believe the motor industry needs to lead it into the future. These individuals are the shining lights and future stars of the sector.  Many of them have overcome adversity to reach where they are now and have demonstrated extraordinary effort in order to reach their goals. We know they will go on to raise standards and inspire others to take up careers in the sector.”

    Carshalton College’s Motor Vehicle team offers a wide range of courses from pre entry to the Level 4 courses, along with Apprenticeships. With 94% success rate, the team of highly motivated tutors offer a support environment for a continuous and progressive learning environment. Employability is a key focus for these courses with 100% of students going onto level 3 and 4 courses and entering relevant employment. Possible job roles are varied and include working as technicians in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots or progressing into management positions, design roles and product testing.   

    From Winter 2014/15, the Motor Vehicle courses will be part of the new Technology, Engineering and Construction Centre with 3 brand new motor vehicle workshops to house all the small to medium sized vehicles students get to repair and maintain with improved accessibility and facilities. 

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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    Launched on the 20 October, Level 3 Graphic Design students from Carshalton College will be competing against students from Bradford College, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, Manchester College and Oaklands College in the Graphic Design Competition 2014

    Carshalton College are joining World Skills UK, the CoderDojo Foundation, The Ideas Foundation and Ogilvy Labs, to help to encourage young people to learn fundamental programming and computing skills. Through its global network of volunteer led CoderDojos the Coderdojo Foundation aim is to highlight an understanding of how useful and fun creative programming and computer-based skills can be. 

    Each creative team of two will have to design the following graphic items; 

    • A short 6 second animation
    • A design for a one page micro site
    • An A3 poster promoting creative programming
    • An A5 flyer that can be personalised
    • A Pitch; each team will have 5-10 minutes to present their work, explain any unique features or technologies

    Their target audience are 14-18 urban mixed gender and ethnicity, producing designs that appeal to the ambitious, achieving, contemporary youth population who are interested in music, film, books. These young people engage with social media and see networking as playing vital part in both their education and social activities. The judges would also like the graphic designs to appeal to some who have never considered programming and computing to have any relevance to their lives. 

    The students will then be demonstrating their work and production processes to the general public at the Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham in November. 

    Saturday Coderdojo Workshops

    Carshalton College runs weekly Saturday Coderdojo Workshops from 10.00am to 1.00pm during term time. Come along and engage with creative programming and digital fun for young people and parents.

    With experts to help from the creative industry, children and parents can learn programming technology together and Use 3D and Creative Software, Create computer games, Learn to programme and Design Robots. Please click here to book a space or for more information, please contact

    Mark Gatehouse, Team Leader for Creative Technologies    e: Mark.gatehouse@carshalton.ac.uk

    For more information, please contact:
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  • 10/30/14--07:28: Safe Drive Stay Alive
  • During November, students from Carshalton College will be visiting Dorking Halls to see an education production by Safe Drive, Stay Alive (SDSA). SDSA Surrey is an initiative to prevent young people being killed or seriously injured on Surrey roads.

    Over 200 students will see these live educational performances, emotional, engaging and thought provoking performances about road traffic collisions featuring people recounting their stories and the many serious, long term impacts to themselves and all those around them. Each new film features a true story, told by the persons directly affected by a road traffic collision. After each film a series of live speakers, from the emergency services, take to the stage - police officer, paramedic, firefighter and A&E doctor or nurse - to speak about their experiences at the scenes of road traffic collisions and how these have affected them professionally and personally. 

    The purpose of these very hard hitting performances is to raise awareness about the effects of careless driving. Volunteer members of the public - mothers, fathers, siblings, young drivers - also take to the stage to give their personal stories about how their lives have been affected by a fatal collision. Real stories of life, tragic loss and regret leave the air heavy with emotion and impress upon the audience that their future really is in their hands. 

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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