Barnet and Southgate College ranked No. 1 in London *

Celebrations were held at the College’s Annual Student Achievement Awards

Barnet and Southgate College held its annual student achievement awards on 23rd November at Allianz Park. The gala ceremony was attended by special guests; including Lord Levy, students, alumni, parents and staff.

* The College celebrated the fact that it had been ranked the number one further education college in London, according to recent independent research commissioned by ‘FE Week’; based on key criteria published by the Department for Education. This year’s NICDEX gave 202 colleges a score of up to 40, with 10 marks available in four categories: learner satisfaction, employer satisfaction, 16-to-18 positive progression and adults into employment.

Barnet and Southgate College’s Principal David Byrne said: “We’re incredibly proud to be the highest ranking London college in the FE Week league table*. We cater to a large and diverse cohort in the region and are continually looking at ways and seeking partnerships that will improve the student experience and provision we provide. Our annual awards ceremony was the perfect time to celebrate this success and congratulate all of our winning students.”

Lord Levy and David Byrne presented awards to students who had been successful in academic achievements and vocational excellence. Students such as 20 year old Katie-Alice Constant, from Potters Bar who won the award for top achieving student. She impressed all her teachers throughout her time at Barnet and Southgate College. Her fierce determination, coupled with exceptional academic ability, and her outstanding A Level grades: A*, A*, A, B are testament to her hard work.

Katie-Alice Constant said: “Tonight has been great, I’ll always appreciate the friends I made at Barnet and Southgate College, it was a tough time and I had to overcome significant obstacles to finish my A levels as I had to support myself, but my hard work paid off as I achieved my ultimate goal by gaining a place at Cambridge University to study English Literature. I’m joining Wolfson College and I start in September 2018 and can’t wait. I've always loved English and thought I'd have a go with the Oxbridge exams, I fell in love with the course and it’s such a prestigious place, at the time it seemed liked an unobtainable dream, but I did it and I’m really proud of myself.”

The Barnet and Southgate College Student of the Year Award went to Briony Parker. Briony has progressed from Level 1 to Level 6 (degree level) with the College. Last year she completed her BA Hons in Children’s and Youth Studies in conjunction with Derby University and gained a First Class Honours. During her studies she also undertook her Level 3 CAVA teaching qualification. She’s an inspiring student who not only wants to do her very best but also encourages her peers to do the same. Briony progressed onto the PGCE teaching programme and has just been offered a lecturing position. So she has gone from student to staff in the space of six years.

Briony Parker said: “I’ve got two children and my journey started with Barnet and Southgate College many years ago when they went to nursery, that's when I got involved in the manicure and first aid community courses, from that I decided to enrol on the level 1 childcare course at the Wood Street campus. The tutors encouraged me to go onto levels 2 and 3, then onto the degree level. I was reluctant at first, as I'm the first person in my family to get a degree, but I took the leap. In total I've been at the College for six years, I thought if everything is all under one roof why leave and go to university. To top it off I'm now completing my PGCE here and have just been offered a job as a lecturer.”

The Barnet and Southgate College Student Achievement Awards 2017 were sponsored by Redrow and Conneely.

For a full set of photos from the awards ceremony, please visit our Flickr pages