1 New college grouping
Our merger on 1 August created, by some way, the largest FE organisation in London. With a combined enrolment of over 26,500 students, income of £84 million and some of the best success rates in the capital, we are empowered to ensure that FE provision meets the needs of London’s economy and is of the high quality Londoners deserve.
2 Great colleges
Having completed the last academic year with excellent results, Westminster Kingsway and City and Islington Colleges continue to operate as separate entities, recruiting new cohorts of students this summer who have been attracted by their long-established reputations and strong educational offers.
1 Exciting new training company
Our new training arm operates alongside but autonomously from the colleges and is staffed by colleagues who are experienced in designing training and support which responds to the needs of businesses, from apprenticeships to bespoke courses.
1,252 Hard-working apprentices
We are the largest FE provider of apprenticeships in London. Working with employers across nearly every sector, the Colleges have further extended their Apprenticeship programmes since August to offer more routes into employment for young people.
56 New employers using us as their first choice training provider
Businesses already play a significant role in designing and supporting our curriculum with a view to employing our students when they complete their training.
Building futures for 7,345 16-18 year-old students
From A levels to BTECs and specialist training, we are the largest porvider of courses for 16-18 year-olds in London and have the second largest cohort in the UK.
9 Accessible central London sites
From Holloway to Victoria, from Regent's Park to Finsbury Park, from Soho to King's Cross, our central London campuses offer stimulating real work environments, specialist facilities in ophthalmics, forensic science and animal care, and unique resources for culinary science and molecular-gastronomy, for example.
Recruiting from all 32 London Boroughs
Our colleges attract students from throughout London - and our catchment areas extend beyond the M25, with some learners travelling from East Anglia, the East Midlands and the south west to access our unique and highly regarded courses.
35 New course offers
We are constantly updating our course portfolio to reflect developments in the London labour market and employer and student demand. Our new grouping means we are bringing together specialisms, skills and expertise, enabling us to introduce new courses to ensure our students have the most up-to-date skills and qualifications, meeting local skills needs and progressing to higher level study and employment.
Collaborating with start-up advisory service Rain Gods Ltd, we have created an exciting new co-working space in our Victoria Centre which is supporting the development of 60 micro-businesses established by our students.
30 Scientists inspired
In October, Westminster Kingsway College hosted the Engineering Development Trust ‘Routes into STEM’ programme, giving 30 Year 10 students the chance to explore more about the rewarding and challenging careers available to them in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
8 Record-breaking Open Days
Record attendances have seen us engage with over 3920 teachers, potential students and their parents, sharing insights on life at our colleges and helping them make informed choices.
5 International Partnerships forged
From providing engineering and management training in India to establishing a sixth form education camp in China and collaborating with polytechnics in Korea, our newly formed International team is exporting our Colleges’ education knowledge and expertise.
Providingworld-class training for over 300 businesses
Transport for London, The London Metropolitan Police, Imperial College Healthcare Trust, NHS North Central London, the BBC, Channel 4 and the London Boroughs of Southwark, Thurrock and Camden all use us to train their staff.
177 Guest speakers and Master Classes inspiring our students
With many famous alumni and strong links with top companies across the Capital, every student has had the opportunity to attend Master Classes, guest speaker events and Q&A sessions with industry experts this term.
1 Olympic medallist
Former City and Islington College student Desiree Henry was part of the Great Britain’s medal-winning 4x100metres Olympic relay team in Rio. Alongside teammates Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita, Desiree broke the British record and secured Team GB’s first medal in this event for 32 years. Desiree studied a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Science between 2011-13, consistently achieving distinction grades while training at elite level in athletics. The College supported her with throughout.
150 Languages spoken
Our colleges' communities reflect London's rich ethnic and cultural diversity and its status as a global city. Over 50 nationalities and 150 mother tongue languages are represented within our staff and student cohorts.
£500K innovation fund established to develop and promote ideas
Our new innovation fund exists to inspire staff to effect real and exciting change to how we work, who we work with and who we provide for. Whether it’s developing new products and markets, finding smarter ways to deliver provision, improving outcomes for learners or connecting better with industry, for example, the fund is there to help make great thinking become best practice.
4 Industry Accolodes
Congratulations to student Avalon Do (and her tutor Ade Anwar) for winning a silver medal in 3D Digital Game Art at World Skills UK; to City and Islington College for receiving a Gold Award for Equality and Diversity from the United Kingdom Investors in Equality and Diversity (UKIED); to science teacher John Hindmarsh for winning the Turnitin Global Innovation Award 2016 for Academic Integrity in the UK Secondary Schools and Further Education sector; and Hannah Skeggs for winning Best Marketer in the not-for-profit/ social enterprise sector at the Women in Marketing Awards.
3,840 Careers and guidance sessions and 60 New Transitional Mentors
Awarded the Matrix standard for Information, Advice and Guidance, our careers services provide a free, confidential and impartial service with qualified staff supporting our students progress to their next step.
300lbs of Callebaut chocolate running through our conching machine, 24 hours a day
The Chocolate Laboratory at our Victoria Centre gives patisserie chef students an incredible opportunity to develop their skills and to learn about the flavours and processes involved in creating chocolate.