The ceremony celebrates major achievements and achievers within the infrastructure sector, which contribute to London First’s mission of making the capital the ‘best city in the world to do business’.
There were five awards up for grabs in total and we were ecstatic to be crowned winners of the London Infrastructure Award, sponsored by Bombardier/Hitachi, which identifies businesses who have championed skills development within London’s infrastructure sector.
The award recognises our joint venture with Cat1 Safety Training, the Railway Engineering Project for the Unemployed, which equips unemployed men and women with the skills and qualifications needed to gain access to employment in the railway industry.
This project has had a literal life-changing impact on the learners, with 84% of them now being in full-time employment, contributing to the skills shortage the industry currently faces.
Mary Roberts, Director of Cat1 Safety Training, said of the success:
Cat1 Safety Training is delighted that the hard work that our partnership has been doing to bring awareness of our work to the whole Rail Industry has placed us and Havering College rail academy firmly on the map.
We are extremely proud of this award, which highlights our continued aim of meeting the needs of individuals and employers.
2019 will soon be upon us, and before we know it, London's New Year’s Day Parade will be in full swing.
The theme for this year’s parade is ‘London Welcomes the World’. The borough of Havering has an annual presence at the parade and for many years, the College has worked closely with the council to produce the borough’s float. Most notably, the vintage steam train that our construction students built back in 2015 won an impressive third place.
The current Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel, visited the College yesterday to choose the winner of an in-College competition organised by the quality team, which encouraged students to propose an idea for the float.
We received submissions from the ‘Busy Bees’ children of Stepping Stones Nursery, a local scouts troop, as well as various curriculum areas. After much consideration, the Mayor chose the Busy Bees as the overall winner, awarding the nursery staff with a £50 voucher to spend as they see fit for the children.
Members of the council have previously met to brainstorm ideas for the parade and have managed to get Store Room Youth Theatre on board who will provide two groups of dancers, and they also envisage having people representing different cultural attires to emphasise the diversity that London offers.
It is set to be an exciting day and building the float is a valuable opportunity for our construction students to put their skills and knowledge into practice.
Congratulations to the Busy Bees on winning!
You may recall that we were nominated for five awards at The Brents this year, and it is with great pleasure to announce that we won two of them.
Sean Erwood took home the award for ‘Best Supporting Actor Aged 18 and Under’, and a collective effort from everyone saw us win the ‘Best Design of a Play’ award, for our retelling of Carol Ann Duffy’s Beasts and Beauties.
The poet’s renowned stories of Europe include Bluebeard, Beauty and the Beast and the Emperor’s New Clothes amongst others. Our dedicated team put together a fantastic multi-role character performance back in May, encompassing these stories in such a creative and modern way that resulted in these nominations.
The College’s principal Maria Thompson and chair of governors Stan Rose were in attendance to celebrate the achievements, as well as performing arts staff and students.
Mark Smithers, Assistant Principal – Academy of Arts and Science, who also attended, praised the continued efforts of the performing arts department:
This is a great achievement for the college and the performing arts students. It is a just reward for all of your hard work and effort.
Well done to all involved for the excellent work and their commitment to the College.
It is sad to hear about the closing of the renowned CPA Studios Colins Performing Arts College.
After more than 30 years of operation, the renowned Romford-based College – which boasts Jessie J and James Buckley amongst its former students – announced its sudden closure on August 7th due to financial difficulties, leaving many students and staff stuck in the dark.
As such, Havering College is welcoming late auditions for anyone who is still unsure of where they would like to continue their training for the performing arts, or those who would like to start it. It is not too late to enrol on what could be the start of a great career in the industry, so find out more before it’s too late!
A total of 52 students are left looking for places on other training courses after the end of an era at CPA Studios and the college is doing all that they can to assist them in doing so. Nick Crossley, head of dance, said:
As staff, we are trying to coordinate our efforts to make sure all the students that want to continue training have the option to continue training.
It is with great pride that we announce a huge improvement in our GCSE results this year.
The overall percentage of GCSE high grades 9-4 (formally A*-C) for English and mathematics has seen a staggering 4.3% increase from last year, with GCSE English language results seeing the biggest increase of 14% in comparison to the previous year.
An increasing number of learners have secured their next steps, with some moving on to confirmed placements with employers and colleges. At Havering College, we have a legacy of success in securing positive destinations for our learners and we are very pleased to continue doing so.
Among the high achievers was Hakan Esmahilpour, who achieved a 7 for maths. Hakan is going to enrol on an access course here at Havering College to study Engineering. Similarly, Madeline MacNamara achieved a 6 in English language and looks forward to continuing studying for a career in the legal sector.
Vice Principal Asfa Sohail said of these achievements:
We are extremely proud of our learners and staff and the continuing improvement trend in our results, including the legacy of success in securing positive destinations for our learners. We have been able to achieve these improvements through the sheer hard work of our staff and learners.
Huge congratulations to all staff and learners at Havering College. We look forward to another successful academic year ahead.