At the Sixth Form College Association Annual Awards Ceremony last night, Huddersfield New College was announced as the winner of the Social Mobility Award
The SFCA Annual Awards identify, celebrate and reward outstanding practice by Sixth Form Colleges and individuals within them. The Social Mobility Award identifies and celebrates those Colleges working hard to improve the life chances and the professional career prospects of young people.
Huddersfield New College received the award because it genuinely transforms lives. This is the Mission of the College. The College is in the top 10% of all Colleges nationally for student progress, meaning HNC students leave with fantastic results which open the doors to the world of higher education and the professions. Bespoke programmes, such as the ASPIRE programme aimed at those aspiring to the world’s best universities, and a comprehensive GSCE resit programme in Maths and English Language, the two passport qualifications to university and the world of work, underpin this success, and mean our students have the choice of the best university or the best career pathway for them at 18. And for many of our students, they are their families pioneers, being the first to progress to university or to a more professional career pathway.
Angela Williams OBE, Principal comments: "We are absolutely thrilled to have been named as the winner of the Social Mobility Award. As a College, we work extremely hard to try to ensure that each and every student who we work with realises their potential, and thereby has choices about their future, whether this is to apply to a Russell Group or Oxbridge university, or to apply for a degree level apprenticeship. Our individual advice and support helps our students take advantage of the world of possibilities open to them. This academic year has really challenging, and so it has been a wonderful fillip, at the end of this year, to win this prestigious award, which recognises what is at the heart of all of our work as a College: the passion and determination to transform lives and to improve life chances."