On an illustrious evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, Huddersfield New College staff and students waited anxiously to hear the outcome of the TES FE Teacher of the Year and TES Sixth Form College of the Year Awards, having been nominated in both categories.

The College’s very own Vicky Close was nominated for TES FE Teacher of the Year. Vicky is Course Leader for Textile Design at the College and has developed the course not only into one of the most successful in the College, as exemplified by 12A*s and 9 As from a cohort of 35 textile students in 2016, but into one of the most successful A level Textile Design courses nationally. The A Level textile work of her students is used by the Awarding Body AQA as an example of outstanding practice, and is admired across the country. This is one of a number of reasons as to why Vicky was nominated and short-listed for the prestigious award.

Vicky commented’ When I was first informed that I was shortlisted, it did not seem like a big thing. However, after the feature on BBC Look North and when I attended the actual event in London, it finally sunk home how much of an honour being shortlisted for the award actually was. And when I heard that I was the only teacher from Yorkshire on the shortlist, it really emphasized to me the scale of the accomplishment.”

When asked about the event, Vicky replied “It was a real glitz and glamour evening! Everyone was in their best dresses and suits! You had a real sense that everyone there was proud of what they had achieved.”

Although Vicky was not the eventual winner, it was a huge achievement to be shortlisted and her family, friends, colleagues and students are immensely proud of her.

Another attendee at the event was Huddersfield New College’s Principal Angela Williams, who was not only there to support Vicky, but also there because the college was up for TES Sixth Form College of the Year 2017.

 Angela comments “I am absolutely delighted that we were shortlisted for the prestigious accolade of TES Sixth Form College of the Year and, even though we did not win, it was wonderful to have the outstanding work of Governors, staff and students at the College recognised at a national level and celebrated so publicly at the TES Awards Ceremony in London last week”

Now in their sixth year, the TES FE Awards bring together individuals and institutions in the sector to showcase the very best providers and the very best practice in the post 16 sector.