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Havering College has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK wide further education award.

The college in Hornchurch, Greater London, is in the running for the Contribution to the Local Community Award in the Times Education Supplement (TES) UK Further Education Awards.

Over 100 colleges and training providers submitted entries for one or more of the 12 categories, which recognise the best individual and team contributions to the further education sector.

The winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday 27 February 2015.

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The shortlisted submission from Havering College highlighted the college's numerous community projects which include:

  • Synergy Street – our 2014 community performance staged in a West End theatre. This production involved over 200 young people including pupils from special needs schools.
  • Construction projects undertaken by students which included building a church wall and refurbishing classrooms/ facilities at schools.
  • The Saturday Engineering Club in our workshops continues each academic year to give budding engineers a taster of practical skills.
  • The Romford Art Trail based on the designs of Graphic Design students offered residents and visitors a cultural walking trail around Romford Town Centre.
  • Our annual Schools' Young Chef competition promotes healthy eating, cooking from fresh ingredients and raises career aspirations.
  • Havering Asks - an annual Question Time-style debate staged by the college to engage young people in Havering with local and political issues affecting their lives. It is directed, filmed and streamed live by Media students as an exceptional learning experience.
  • The Bungalow – a specialist transition centre for students with severe learning disabilities – has been opened in partnership with Havering Council.

Havering College Principal Maria Thompson said: "We are very proud to be shortlisted for the Contribution to the Local Community Award in the Times Education Supplement (TES) UK Further Education Awards 2015. It is a tribute to the hard work of staff and students who go the extra mile in giving back to the community, contributing a considerable amount of personal time to make these projects a success."

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