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    Renaissance Beauty Salon at Carshalton College are now providing treatments using Environ Skincare products.

    Environ Skincare achieves outstanding results for people who are serious about skincare. Formulated by Dr Des Fernandes, a world-renowned plastic surgeon, the range contains a unique combination of active ingredients to protect the skin from environmental aggressors and combat the signs of ageing.

    Packed with a unique combination of active vitamins and antioxidants, Environ delivers exceptional results for people serious about skincare.

    Renaissance Salon at Carshalton College has been open for over 10 years and has grown from training a handful of students to delivering full-time courses and apprenticeships to hundreds of students.

    Both of Renaissance's hair and beauty salons offer a relaxed yet professional and stylish learning environment where you can book an appointment for a snip of the price you would pay on the high street.

    The Salons are open to the public. You can take advantage of high quality styling and service - at College prices. A College Tutor and technician are ways on hand to oversee your treatment and ensure the highest standards.

    Beauty Therapy Price Lists

    Call 020 8544 4419 for more information or to book a beauty appointment.


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    Students from the Beauty department at Carshalton College have been busy this year with a number of events taking place.

    In February 2013, the Level 2 learners completed work experience at various beauty salons inLondon, Cheam, Sutton and Carshalton includingThe Dolphin Spa and The May Tree. This was a great opportunity for the students to gain an insight into the realities of salon life. The students really enjoyed the experience and the employers provided positive feedback on the students with some of the students gaining employment.

    In March 2013, the Level 3 learners enjoyed a talk from industry leaders in microdermabrasion facials, Crystal Clear. The students watched a demonstration and were able to gain information on training once they complete their Level 3. The students were also made aware of the pricing structures which will be useful should they decide to set up their own business in the future.

    Level 2 learners attended a ‘Well Being’ event held in Middleton Road Library on Tuesday 5 March 2013. The students completed mini treatments on members of the local community. This provided the opportunity for the students to practice their techniques and customer service and enable them to become more confident in delivering the treatments. The event also raised the profile of Renaissance, the beauty salon on site at Carshalton College which is open to the public.

    Level 3 learners enjoyed 2 days training with Environ, a leading anti-ageing skin care company. This was a great opportunity for our students to continue to develop their skills and add to their CV and help with retail sales.

    Level 3 learners were also lucky enough to have an ex-student Jayne Adamson come in to the College and deliver a career talk.  Jayne studied at Carshalton College 2 years ago and is now a Head Therapist in London for the award winning The Spa which is situated on Dolphin Square in London.  The students were able to see her achievements and be inspired and motivated by her success.

    On Wednesday 8 May, representatives from Epsom Skin Clinic came in to the College to deliver a talk to Level 3 students on becoming an aesthetic therapist. This includes providing laser hair removal, chemical peels, laser liposuction and semi-permanent make-up amongst other things.

    Level 2 learners are undertaking another volunteering event with Sutton Volunteering Centre in Sutton Christ Church on Thursday 9 May. Students will be performing mini treatments to the public practising their techniques and customer service skills.

    Sarah Knight, Beauty Team Leader at Carshalton College said ‘We organise a number of events and talks throughout the year for our students so they are given the opportunity to develop and practice the skills they are being taught in the classroom.’

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    On Friday 3 May Carshalton College hosted its first ever Creative Industries Day.

    The day involved two trial World Skills Competitions for College students in photography and graphic design as well as a number of workshops and presentations focusing on careers in the creative industries centered on access to the games industry, television editing, advertising and photography. 

    Industry professionals from Sky TV and The Disney Channel attended and spoke to students and visitors about the realities of working in the industry. Charlie Birchmore, Editorial Photographer and Tim Allen, Stop Motion Animator also presented at the event and offered sound advice to those interested in pathing a career in the industry.

    Various exhibitors attended from Universities and industry organisations to speak to students and visitors on options available to them and offer advice on the industry.

    “This was the first Creative Industries Day we have held at Carshalton College and we are delighted how successful it was. We intend to make this an annual event and grow the number of industry speakers and workshops and demonstrations so those students who want a career in this demanding industry are given the greatest opportunity to succeed.” Mark Gatehouse, Carshalton College Tutor

    For more information please contact:
    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558 


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    For a night out with a difference, why not try our restaurant at Carshalton College, Nightingales.

    On Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June join us for a deluxe 3 course meal for just £15.00 per person in a Hells Kitchen competition environment. The menus are created by our level 1 & level 3 students who are split into two teams – the red team and the blue team. They then work in direct competition with each other and you are required to choose the menu you wish to eat.

    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 during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.

    Students are on a variety of courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery.

    Bookings can be made between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please contact Nightingales Restaurant on 0208 544 4433


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    Carshalton College is delighted to have been recognised as ‘The Best College in London AND Surrey’ for long courses for the second year running*. The Data Service has identified Carshalton College with the highest success rate for long courses in 2011/12 within both the London & Surrey region.

    Janet Sherborne, Head of 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 two 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.”

    The College will be celebrating with staff, students and the local community at a celebratory event taking place at Carshalton College on Saturday 22 June from 10am to 2pm. The event will involve activities and entertainment for all the family. For further details please click here.

    The 2011/12 Education and Training National Success Rates Tables (NSRT) produced by The Data Service are recognised throughout the Further Education (FE) industry and this is an outstanding achievement for Carshalton College.

    *Long course success rates 2011/12
    Source: The Data Service,
    http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/Statistics/success_rates/nsrt/


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    Carshalton College students are supporting the Volunteer Centre Sutton with a number of activities in the coming weeks.

    Students from the media department are assisting with the production of the Volunteer Week video to be used at the launch of Volunteers Week 2013 on Saturday 1 June 2013. Students from the department will also be filming the activities of Volunteer Week in Sutton and Wallington High Street from 1 – 4 June 2013.

    Music students are also assisting and are in the process of creating a music library for the centre. They are also creating pieces of music for both the launch video and the Volunteer Week video.

    Art students are assisted in the preparation of the base and outline for a mural that will be used for the children’s area of Sutton Mencap. A couple students from the art department took part in the painting of the mural on Friday 10 May 2013.

    The skills for work & life students are doing a planting day at Sutton Mencap to improve the children’s garden area. The students are also creating a wooden welcome sign for the children’s entrance.

    The children’s play area at Sutton Mencaps will be revamped by students from the construction department to ensure a safe and welcoming play area.

    Romanda Simpson, Volunteer Services Development Officer at the Volunteer Centre Sutton says “We are delighted to have this support from local students at Carshalton College. The students from all the various departments work with professionalism and show a high level of skill and enthusiasm in their area.”

    The Volunteer Centre Sutton is the largest in the country, delivering a broad portfolio of services to enhance community well-being through voluntary action, encouraging and supporting everybody who lives in or visits the London Borough of Sutton to volunteer with a positive outcome.

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    On Thursday 13 June 2013, Matt Burns from the acclaimed London restaurant ‘The Don’ will be joining the Nightingales Team at Carshalton College for an evening of exquisite food and fine wine.

    With dishes from The Don’s menu and wines from the award winning vineyard of Trinity Hill in New Zealand it is set to be a culinary experience to remember.

    Matt has worked at The Don since it opened and has received many awards, including ‘The Square Mile Best New Restaurant of The Year’.

    The Don restaurant is a very busy and popular restaurant with a first class front of house service.

    The Don also works in partnership with The Bleeding Heart, another popular fine dining restaurant in Central London.

    The Don and Bleeding Heart owns the acclaimed New Zealand vineyard Trinity Hill in Hawkes Bay, in New Zealand. Named as one of New Zealand's Top 10 wineries in Decanter Magazine earlier this year, Trinity Hill has gained a worldwide reputation for its wines and these will be available on the night.

    Come along on Thursday 13 June and enjoy a meal for only £18.50.

    Book NOW to avoid disappointment
    Call 020 8544 4433 or email nightingales@carshalton.ac.uk

    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 during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.


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    Carshalton College will be joining the Bromley Pageant of Motoring on Sunday 9 June, a one-day classic car show, to display information on the College’s Motor Vehicle courses and showcase cars from the workshops. There will be valeting on the day and cutaway engines and ignition boards will be on display to show the inner workings and the level of technology in the modern car engine.

    The Pageant is one of the highlights of the classic car calendar established as something of an institution amongst enthusiasts from all over the world. With 3,000 classic cars to see it provides one of the best opportunities to visit club stands, displays and meet fellow enthusiasts. Bromley Pageant is famous for its one-make section where vehicles of each make and model can be entered and parked together. From Ford Cortina's to Aston Martins more than 1600 cars featured in this area last year.

    There is also a huge Cars for Sale area, Fun Fair, Steam Engines, Trucks, Motorcycles, Modified Cars, the list goes on and one of the biggest classic vehicle trade shows in the UK with hundreds of Autojumble stands, and trade stands including the latest products, parts, services and new vehicles on display. 

    Carshalton College offers a number of full time courses and Apprenticeships in Motor Vehicle with state of the art workshops including 30 small to medium sized cars including a 4 by 4 and Vauxhall, Ford and Renault models for students to carry out maintenance and repairs.

    The Pageant will be taking place at Norman Park, Bromley, BR2 9EF 


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  • 05/20/13--06:28: Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2014, organised by Mental Health Foundation is taking place from 12-18 May.  The theme for 2013 is ‘Lets’s Get Physical’ highlighting the impact that physical activity and exercise have on mental health and wellbeing.

    On Wednesday 24 May there will be a stand in the College on Mental Health Awareness with information available on the subject including organisations to contact and where to get help. There are also some free items for the students such as pens and badges, provided by a Mental Health organisation.

    For further information on Mental Health Awareness Week visit Mental Health Foundation.


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    Carshalton College students, Sean Covell and Laura Nelson took part in this year’s Regional Heats at The World Skills UK Games Development Competition on Wednesday 8 May 2013.

    The World Skills Games Development Competition was founded by five Colleges including Carshalton College. The Games Development Competition aims to increase awareness of the industry and highlight the level of skill in this area within Colleges.

    The top ten competitors from the two regional heats have made it through to the final competition which will take place at The Skills Show in November 2013. Carshalton College Games Development student, Sean Covell rose to the challenge at the London regional heat and has secured his place as one of the final ten competitors. Sadly, Laura’s score fell 2% below the top ten and she is on the reserve list should any competitors withdraw.

    Mark Gatehouse, Tutor says, “The World Skills Games Development Competition has become a highly regarded competition that challenges students and showcases the talent and level of skill in this area. We are delighted Sean has made it through to the finals and believe he will be a strong contender. Most of all I am delighted that the hard work of all the students and our specialist teaching staff ( Kieran O’Donnell and Michael Davies ) has led us to the final for the third year running! More impressive is that judging from the score chart almost any of our current students would have achieved a place in the National top twenty! ”

    The Skills Show, organised by WorldSkills UK is one of the largest skills and careers events in the UK. The show hosts a range of skills competitions, awards and activities. Visitors get to watch young talented individuals take part in the WorldSkills UK Competitions and have the chance to get involved themselves. There is also a plethora of jobs, training and careers advice available.

    We wish Sean the very best of luck at the finals in November.

    For more information, please contact:

    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558


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    Carshalton College IT student, Thierno Diallo, was awarded the prestigious Best Learner Award at the House of Lords on Thursday 23 May 2013.

    The South London Colleges’ Best Learner Awards ceremony celebrated the achievements of learners across South London and was hosted by Lord Tope. The awards are organised by the Committee of South London Principals (COSLP) who represent colleges in Croydon, Kingston, Bromley, Richmond, Sutton and Merton and work together to share good practice and to improve post 16 and adult learning.

    Thierno Diallo joined Carshalton College in 2008 on the Entry 3 IT Skills in Working Life. Thierno has since gone on to complete the Level 2 Diploma in IT and is now in the second year of completing the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT.

    During the first year of his BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT Thierno gained 9 distinctions.
    “I have really enjoyed studying at Carshalton College. You get a lot of freedom for self-study and using computer facilities which has really made the difference, as the more effort I put in, the more experience I gain. The friendly staff have helped and supported me to achieve the qualifications that I needed to progress in to University.”  Thierno Diallo

    Thierno brings an energetic and determined style of learning to the classroom. He takes delight in discovering new facts and industry trends in computing and has a deeply enquiring mind. He has excelled at Carshalton College through both his own love of learning, and for his role he has undertaken as a classroom representative and a student ambassador. In both these roles Thierno is reliable, professional and always enthusiastic.

    "Thierno has an easy going and cheerful outlook and uses this disposition to great advantage, even in the most difficult projects; he can be relied upon to shine.’"
    College IT Tutor, Kevin Burgess.

    For more information please contact:

    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558


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    Carshalton College student, Samba Matundu has been shortlisted for a Leading the Learner Voice Award in the category of Student Governor of the year.

    Samba Matunda, 16, joined Carshalton College in September 2011 after finishing school to start her education in Childcare. On joining the College Samba expressed an interest in becoming part of the Student Union and wanted to make a difference for learners at the College.

    Samba is now in her second year as Student Governor having progressed to the Level 3 Childcare Diploma.  Her work as a Student Governor ever since her election into the role has been outstanding and has made a real difference on the decision making of the Corporation.

    Samba takes her role as Student Governor very seriously and works hard to ensure she conveys the thoughts and opinions of her fellow students. Samba researches and talks to students across the College through the Student Union and other forums that she organises.

    Janet Sherborne, Head of College said “We are so pleased that Samba has been shortlisted for this award and her hard work and effort recognised. Samba approaches the role as Student Governor in a mature and professional manner and has really grown in confidence in the role. We as a College are very lucky to have such an enthusiastic and reliable Student Governor.”

    The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) are organising the Learner Voice Awards. The LSIS was formed to accelerate quality improvement, increase participation and raise standards and achievement in the learning and skills sector in England. The awards are about celebrating individual and organisational achievement and success. They are also an opportunity to disseminate best practice.

    The winner of the award will be announced at the Learner Voice Awards Ceremony on 18 June 2013 in London.

    We wish Samba the very best of luck.


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    The Edge competition launched across Carshalton and Kingston Colleges in September 2012 with the aim to inspire young people to consider starting their own business and improve their employment prospects.

    On Monday 20 May 2013, the 6 teams taking part in the competition presented their business plan and how this had developed since starting work on the business to a judging panel made up of 9 flagship employers including British Airways, Merlin Entertainment, Sainsbury’s, Sutton Housing Association, Successful Sutton, London Borough of Sutton, HSBC and Ignite Strategies.

    Each of the teams displayed a variety of business concepts and different approaches to starting their business. The teams presented professional and sound business plans to the judges during the course of the afternoon.

    Neel Bidessie from Carshalton College said, “All the teams have displayed a professional attitude and transformed educational concepts into sustainable business ideas and plans. We have been very impressed with the not only the business concepts but the efforts and determination that has gone into making these businesses get off the ground. All the employer judges commented on how impressed they were with the high standard of the entries.”

    Following the team presentations the results were announced at the awards ceremony. The results were as follows:

    • Best Presentation: Greenforce
    • Best Product: DHL Hosting  
    • Best Team Participation: IT Works 
    • Overcoming Challenges: Brunettes
    • Creative Sales and Marketing - T4F  
    • Outstanding Individual Winner -  Capella
    • Overall Team – Greenforce

    All team members were awarded Chessington World of Adventure tickets and the Overall Team winner, Greenforce received an Ipad Mini.

    In addition market stalls will be offered by the London Borough of Sutton to Greenforce and T4F to assist with the sales of their business. Sainsbury’s have also provided an opportunity for T4F to receive work experience at their media department for the Quarter 1 trading update.

    Richard Strom, Managing Director, Ignite Strategies
    “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. The Edge competition, running across the two Colleges, provides a fantastic platform for students to obtain invaluable experience of creating and implementing sustainable business concepts. Ignite Strategies are delighted to be supporting Kingston and Carshalton Colleges Enterprise Schemes by providing  business planning guidance  and advice in Sales and Marketing strategies  to students to help support their activities”.

    Robert Noad, Business Specialist, HSBC
    “It has been great to work with the students in providing them with specialist business planning, advice and guidance and I look forward to continuing the journey with the teams to ensure that their business ideas can be further developed into the world of work”.

    For more information please contact:
    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558


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    On Wednesday 22 May 2013 Carshalton College electrical tutor, David Jaitly-McDonald ran a workshop at the NFEC Conference in Leicester.

    The NFEC was formed in 1992 to provide support, advice and representation on any issues that may hinder the provision of a member’s quality learning in Engineering and related Technologies. Today membership of the NFEC includes Colleges, Group Training Associations, Specialist Schools, Employers and Individuals with a broad representation within the 14-19 and post-16 sectors.

    David held a workshop at The NFEC Conference covering the topic of dealing with challenging behaviour in the classroom. The session was well received by the delegates and was a popular session.

    David said “I was delighted to be asked to run the session at conference. It is always an interesting discussion point and one that teachers want to be able to deal with in an effective and appropriate manner. I am glad the session had such a positive reaction.”

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    For a night out with a difference, why not try our restaurant at Carshalton College, Nightingales.

    On Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June join us for a deluxe 3 course meal for just £15.00 per person in a Hells Kitchen competition environment. The menus are created by our level 1 & level 3 students who are split into two teams – the red team and the blue team. They then work in direct competition with each other and you are required to choose the menu you wish to eat.

    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 during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.

    Students are on a variety of courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery.

    Bookings can be made between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please contact Nightingales Restaurant on 0208 544 4433


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    Carshalton College will be joining the Bromley Pageant of Motoring on Sunday 9 June, a one-day classic car show, to display information on the College’s Motor Vehicle courses and showcase cars from the workshops. There will be valeting on the day and cutaway engines and ignition boards will be on display to show the inner workings and the level of technology in the modern car engine.

    The Pageant is one of the highlights of the classic car calendar established as something of an institution amongst enthusiasts from all over the world. With 3,000 classic cars to see it provides one of the best opportunities to visit club stands, displays and meet fellow enthusiasts. Bromley Pageant is famous for its one-make section where vehicles of each make and model can be entered and parked together. From Ford Cortina's to Aston Martins more than 1600 cars featured in this area last year.

    There is also a huge Cars for Sale area, Fun Fair, Steam Engines, Trucks, Motorcycles, Modified Cars, the list goes on and one of the biggest classic vehicle trade shows in the UK with hundreds of Autojumble stands, and trade stands including the latest products, parts, services and new vehicles on display. 

    Carshalton College offers a number of full time courses and Apprenticeships in Motor Vehicle with state of the art workshops including 30 small to medium sized cars including a 4 by 4 and Vauxhall, Ford and Renault models for students to carry out maintenance and repairs.

    The Pageant will be taking place at Norman Park, Bromley, BR2 9EF 


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  • 06/04/13--09:37: Way to Work Awards Ceremony
  • Students in Years 10 and 11 from a number of Sutton's secondary schools celebrated completing the ‘Key Stage 4 Way to Work Programme’ on Wednesday 22 May 2013 at a Way to Work Awards Ceremony held at Nightingales Restaurant in Carshalton College.

    The Way to Work programme co-ordinated by the London Borough of Sutton and delivered in partnership with Carshalton College and JACE Training was a series of 10 workshops and work-based learning activities in catering, construction, hair and motor vehicle maintenance. The aim of the programme is to provide learners with an opportunity to learn new skills and try different courses that may enable them to progress to further training or employment at the end of Year 11.

    In addition each course supported the development of English, Maths and IT, some had unit accreditation.

    All the students received certificates for participating on the programme and there were further awards for 100% attendance, most improved learner and best achiever.

    Chris Jones from London Borough of Sutton said “The programme is a great opportunity for young people to get “hands on” experience and work in realistic industry environments. In the vast majority of cases the level of work produced, interest shown and commitment to the programme by the learners was exceptional.”

    The feedback from learners and schools alike has been very positive with requests to repeat the programme next year. One comment received from Cheam High School was “Our students have talked very highly of the programme and clearly gained a great deal from it”.

    The photo shows students from the Hair course receiving their certificates.

    For more information please contact:

    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558


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    It is time to celebrate with Carshalton College at their Community Event on Saturday 22 June from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Following a year of continued success and being named the Best College in London and Surrey for the second year running, join staff and students for a fun packed day for all the family.

    Visit the college in Nightingale Road with free entry for a day of live music with a magician, stilt walker, face painting and popcorn machine. 

    Activities will also be provided by the courses available at Carshalton College with

    • Performances from Music students
    • End of Year Shows displaying work from the Art & Design and Media & Games students
    • Robot Racing and PC Tune Up Pit Stop with the IT team
    • Catering demonstrations
    • Hair & Beauty Stands
    • Children’s Activity Corner from the Care & Early Years Team
    • Construction demonstrations

    Carshalton College is delighted to have been recognised as ‘The Best College in London AND Surrey’ for long courses for the second year running*. The Data Service has identified Carshalton College with the highest success rate for long courses in 2011/12 within both the London & Surrey region.

    Janet Sherborne, Head of 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 two 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.”

    The 2011/12 Education and Training National Success Rates Tables (NSRT) produced by The Data Service are recognised throughout the Further Education (FE) industry and this is an outstanding achievement for Carshalton College.

    For more information please contact:

    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558

    *Long course success rates 2011/12
    Source: The Data Service,
    http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/Statistics/success_rates/nsrt/


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  • 06/05/13--09:15: VQ Learner of the Year
  • Congratulations to Georgina Millington who has been awarded the VQ Learner of the Year Award for the London Region. Taking place as part of the 2013 VQ Day celebrations, these awards were presented on Tuesday 4 June and recognise outstanding skill, achievement and commitment of vocational learners across the country.

    Georgina studied hairdressing at Carshalton College completing her VRQ Level 2 and 3 qualifications at the same time as entering competitions and lots of external courses to gain as much experience as possible. Whilst completing the Level 3 Georgina opened her own salon. The salon did so well she decided to support the industry and share her skills and take on Apprentices. Georgina dedicates a lot of her time to their training at work and has seen them through the completion of their Level 2 & Level 3.

    Georgina started at Carshalton College when she left school. She was always a very dedicated student and worked hard to complete her Level 2 in Hairdressing early. She started Level 3 in 2010 and was entered by Carshalton College into the National Hairdressing Competition with the rest of the Level 3 group and won her category.

    Some of the Apprentices Georgina works with have had personal difficulties to overcome of which she has been hugely supportive, enabling them to complete both qualifications and now work for her as stylists.

    Georgina has recently opened a second salon which is also doing very well. She has put one of her members of staff in her salon as manager; this person also trained at Carshalton College and was supported and trained by Georgina.

    Janice Child, Curriculum Manager for Hairdressing describes Georgina

    “She is an inspiration to all students and employers, for her dedication to the industry and the Apprenticeship system. Training new Apprentices, she supports them through any difficulties enabling them to have the confidence and self-worth to achieve their dream. Georgina is a credit to us all.”

    Carshalton College has a great reputation for their Hairdressing courses and Apprenticeships. The hairdressing courses have been running for over 50 years since the College opened, making it one of the few original vocational courses on offer. There is a front of house Renaissance salon that is open to the public, which is a realistic working environment and a training salon where learning takes place in a creative atmosphere. The staffs are all dedicated practitioners who continue to work in industry alongside their teaching role, keeping updated of new trends, innovative ideas and practices.

    For more information please contact:

    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558


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    Congratulations to catering student Nelson Dombele who has been shortlisted for the top ten finalists in the Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills Competition for 2013.

    Nelson Dombele, 18 years old, joined Carshalton College in 2012 on the NVQ Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality Services. The Jamie Oliver competition asked any aspiring chefs aged between 14 to 19 years to produce a dish from three options. Contestants could choose from creating a dinner for family and friends, food for a school fete or a hot plate for a canteen.

    Nelson selected the dinner for family and friends producing a Spaghetti Bolognese main course served with garlic bread and a chocolate dessert. Along with creating the dish, the submission including a statement on why this menu was created, the planning involved in the meal and pictures and video footage.

    Nelson created the dish at the Nightingale restaurant kitchen in the College and it was seen and sampled by fellow students. Nelson chose the combination because of his close family life and it is a dish that would appeal to a number of ethnic backgrounds.

    Tutors Sandra Marshall and Ian Elson described Nelson’s enthusiasm

    “Nelson is a passionate student who works hard and is very detailed in his work ethnic, taking every task to heart to produce the best. Taking part in this competition provided a great opportunity for students to have freedom to develop a menu of their own choice and be unique, stepping up from the day to day course work they are given.”

    Nelson’s passion came shining through when talking about his choice of studying catering

    “I chose catering after being inspired by my mum and grandmother. I just enjoy being in the kitchen, it feels like home. The environment of working in a kitchen means you have to be fired up and always focussed to be prepared.”

    The competition finalists will have their dishes judged by Jamie Oliver and the winner announced on 17 June. Vouchers to dine at one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants will be given to the winner plus £50 worth of JME vouchers to spend on cookware and books at Jamie Oliver’s online shop, a personalised signed book and their winning entry will be posted on Jamie Oliver’s blog. For 2nd and 3rd position there will be a selection of Jamie Oliver goodies will be given as prizes.

    Good Luck Nelson!

    For more information please contact:
    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558


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