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Waltham Forest College on the rise

Waltham Forest College on the rise

The Forest Road campus is exceeding the national trend as the overall achievement rate has increased by a huge 8.9% since 2014/15.

With an Ofsted inspection due to take place soon, the College has set out a strong improvement plan with a self-assessment to be rated overall "Good" with "Outstanding" features. College Principal and former Ofsted inspector, Penny Wycherley, who came out of retirement so Waltham Forest College could improve opportunities for the local community at a time of economic challenges in the education sector said,

When I came to visit the College I could see the commitment of the staff making a difference and creating opportunities for young people and adults. I saw people with a thirst for learning and the aspirations to create their future in a diverse and vibrant community. They are doing this.

The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Yemi Osho, the Principal and Governors celebrated the success at the College's Further Education Award Ceremony. The Awards presented recognised the dedication, hard work and achievements of the College's young and adult learners. The Awards were granted in ten categories, from high achieving students, most improved, best team players to "Student of the Year".

Bimmy Rai, who achieved one of the Student of the Year Awards, enrolled at the College's evening class to master the English language. She achieved an outstanding grade 9, the top possible at GCSE and has also graduated with a Business Administration Degree. She said, "tt was an extremely challenging year for me on all fronts, I relished the opportunity to do the best I could as I love the English Language and am passionate about learning."

The College provides a wide range of vocational courses and apprenticeships for 16-19 year olds and adults. It has recently spent nearly £4million developing a brand new STEM centre. This will officially be launched on 12 December by Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London. The multi-million-pound facility is in the heart of the College campus and equipped with high-quality industry standard equipment. The Centre will offer students exceptional opportunities for training in skills for those wanting to pursue a successful career in engineering.

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