So much to LOVE about Bedford College

Monday 24 November 2014

The 2014 annual Achievements Ceremony of Bedford College marked the pinnacle of another record-breaking year in its 120 year history.

The evening was opened with a preview of the Bedford College dynamic cinema advert: Find out what you love. And the high quality entertainment continued with a live singing and dancing demonstration by performing arts students.

There was plenty to celebrate, as Bedford College is now firmly established as one of the most successful in the country. Despite lower public spending which has left more than 40% of UK FE colleges in the red, Bedford College has achieved record:

  • incomes
  • student recruitment
  • numbers of apprentices
  • student pass rates

It has won funding for a new building on St Mary’s, a national design award for the Brundtland Building on Cauldwell Street and the go-ahead for a new Technical Academy for Bedford.

To help celebrate the occasion TV presenter and businessman David McQueen was invited to speak to the packed audience at the Bedford Corn Exchange. He had the audience following his entertaining hand signals to demonstrate how actions speak louder than words.

Students from across the educational spectrum stepped up receive their awards with Tiffany Trethowan winning the Outstanding Student of the Year. Earlier in 2014 Tiffany won a prestigious YCN National Design Award, with fellow student Hannah Hughes, for their joint advertising campaign for Standard Life.

Outstanding Student runners-up were Joe Sheen who gained a distinction in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Samantha Key who gained the second highest grade profile from more than 1,000 students in a Foundation Degree in Child & Family Studies.

Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE saluted staff and governors who helped to make theirs the first choice for young people seeing post 16 education: “Everyone can be outstanding, it is a personal choice, it isn’t about natural brilliance, it’s about effort and perseverance.”

Chair of Governors Kevin Bromboszcz closed the evening by reporting of the successes of Bedford College students in the World Skills Show at Birmingham.