Leaders in Diversity Award

Following a comprehensive assessment by the National Centre for Diversity, the College has been reaccredited for the Leaders in Diversity award for the period 2021-2023. This reflects how the College community celebrates and promotes FREDIE (Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement) across all areas of College life. 

2022 National Centre for Diversity Awards - Number 1 for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The National Centre for Diversity announced its UK Top 100 Organisations for EDI for 2022 in June. Huddersfield New College came in at Number 1 for the fifth time, being named as the UK Organisation of the Year 2022 and Number 1 in the Top 100 Index for Equality and Diversity. The National Centre for Diversity aims to advance fairness for all in the workplace by helping organisations to embed best Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE) practices and these endorsements acknowledge HNC as being the best in this field. At the awards ceremony we were also awarded the title of FE College of the Year.


2021 Pearson BTEC Awards - BTEC College of the Year (Silver award)

The College was awarded Silver in the BTEC College of the Year category at the Pearson BTEC Awards 2021. The awards focused heavily on the challenges that providers, learners and teachers found themselves in during this unprecedented academic year. In achieving Silver, Huddersfield New College was recognised as a national centre of excellence for its delivery of BTEC qualifications throughout the remote learning period, and the positive difference it continues to make to the lives of its' young people in the most challenging of circumstances.



2020 SFCA Annual Awards - Social Mobility award

We were named as the winner of the Social Mobility Award at the Sixth Form College Association Annual Awards ceremony. The SFCA Annual Awards identify, celebrate and reward outstanding practice by Sixth Form Colleges and individuals within them. The Social Mobility Award celebrates those Colleges working hard to improve the life chances and career prospects of young people. The College received the award in recognition of its commitment to genuinely transforming the lives of students - something which is central to our College mission. 

Ofsted Outstanding College – 2015/2016

We were the first Sixth Form College to be judged Outstanding under the new Ofsted Inspection framework and the first to be judged Outstanding for the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare of students. We were also the first College nationally to be judged as having ‘no significant weaknesses.’




 James Kewin Deputy Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association commented“Huddersfield New College is the first Sixth Form College to be judged as Outstanding by Ofsted under its new inspection framework. This is a huge achievement and reflects the exceptionally high standard of education offered by the College, and the outstanding results achieved by students." 

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2019-20 TES FE Awards

During 2019 we were named the Times Further Education Sixth Form College of the Year.

The Times’ Sixth Form College of the Year Award recognises Sixth Form Colleges that epitomise the qualities which make the Sixth Form College sector so distinctive; excellence in teaching and learning and excellence in outcomes for young people aged 16-19. It also recognises Sixth Form Colleges who reach out to other institutions, with a commitment to sharing their good practice and raising achievement across the whole post 16 sector. Being shortlisted for this Award was a fantastic accolade.


 Robert Halfon, Apprenticeships & Skills Minister, said: "You are champions of Further Education and play a vital role in ensuring that [young] people of all backgrounds get on the ladder of opportunity to fulfil their potential." 

2019 Educate North Awards & Conference - UK Leader of the Year

Huddersfield New College Principal, Angela Williams OBE, was named UK Leader of the Year 2019. The Educate North Awards is a prestigious high profile awards event which celebrates, recognises and shares the best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North. The award not only recognises the shared vision, mission and values that Angela has created at HNC, which led the College to be judged as Outstanding in all aspects of its work by Ofsted in 2016, but also the time Angela spends with colleagues in other schools and colleges to help them to work towards providing an outstanding quality of education for their young people. Angela is a member of the Sixth Form College Association’s Council, co-chairs a specialist network of sixth form colleges in Yorkshire and the Humber, and frequently welcomes visitors from educational institutions all around the country who want to learn more about the College’s journey to Outstanding.

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