2017 National Centre for Diversity Awards - NUMBER 1 FOR EQUALITY DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

National Centre for Diversity announced its UK Top 100 Organisations for EDI for 2017. Huddersfield New College came in at Number 1, jumping a massive 54 places from where we featured in the Top 100 Index for 2016. Our Principal, Angela Williams, was then named as the NCFD College Principal of the Year, a fantastic accolade. Erika Montgomery, Equality and Diversity Manager at the College, was named as the UK Lead of the Year for promoting EDI, again cementing our position as a national leader. The National Centre for Diversity aims to advance fairness for all in the workplace by helping organisations to embed best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices and these endorsements acknowledge HNC as being the best. These awards built on the success at the Further Education Sector Equality and Diversity Awards where the College won the accolades of Further Education Provider of the Year, Yorkshire and Humber, Most Improved Further Education Provider of the Year, UK Further Education Provider of the Year and UK Further Education Sector Employee of the Year (awarded to Zoe Shackleton). 

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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2017 TES FE Awards

During 2017 we were shortlisted for two prestigious Times Further Education Awards: Sixth Form College of the Year and Teacher of the Year, bringing 2016 to a fantastic conclusion.

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." 

Furthermore, being the only Sixth Form College nationally to have been shortlisted in two categories, and the only Sixth Form College in the Yorkshire and Humber Region to make the shortlist, is truly special.

Huddersfield New College Head of Textiles, Vicky Close was nominated for TES FE Teacher of the Year. To be nominated for a national award of that stature is testament to the amazing work that Vicky achieves with her students.  Her remarkable achievements did not go unnoticed, with coverage from Look North which aired the same week as the awards ceremony. 

2017 Educate North & UK Leadership Awards & Conference


During 2017, we were shortlisted for Sixth Form College of the Year. HNC came a close second to St John Rigby College. We were also shortlisted for the Educate North Innovation Award, for our work in promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Educate North & UK Leadership Awards and Conference, in association with The Telegraph Media Group, is a prestigious high profile awards event, which celebrates, recognises and shares the best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North.

2017 SFCA Annual Awards

HNC was Shortlisted for Governance Award. The college was a runner up. The Sixth Form Colleges Association is the authoritative voice of sixth form education in England. They have been representing the interests of Sixth Form Colleges since 1993, and all 90 Sixth Form Colleges in England are members. SFCA is the home of dedicated 16–19 providers and represents a growing number of 16–19 academies, 16–19 schools, and 16–19 free schools