Aside from outstanding academic success, the College and its staff and courses have won a string of prestigious awards, accolades and accreditations in recent years.

This shows that quality and excellence run through everything we do and means that you can be confident Weston College is the best choice for you.

Find out more about our achievements

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In our most recent Ofsted review, we received he highest possible rating – ‘grade one Outstanding’ – following a rigorous, week-long inspection in December 2013.

The inspection related to every area of the College’s education programme –14-16 provision, 16-18 study programmes, 19+ learning and apprenticeships.

The College was rated 'Outstanding' in all four areas of inspection:

  • Overall effectiveness
  • Outcomes for learners
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment;
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management.

Ofsted also singled out many curriculum areas for praise, particularly the outstanding provision in:

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Sport
  • Public Services
  • Independent Living and Leisure
  • Foundation English.


Here are a few of the highlights from the last few years ...

Winner - South West Apprenticeship Awards 2023 | Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 

Winner - The AoC Beacon Awards 22/23 | The AoC Award for Excellence in Governance

Finalist - The AoC Beacon Awards 22/23 | Nous Group Award for Education for Sustainable Development

Association of Accredited Learning 2022 | People, Culture and Wellbeing Quality Mark

Gold Status - Carnegie Centre of Excellence 2022 | Further Education Mental Health Award

Finalist - AAC Awards 2022 | Engineering & Manufacturing Apprenticeship Provider of the Year

Finalist - AAC Awards 2022 | Apprenticeship Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Provider Recognition Award

Finalist - AAC Awards 2022 | Apprenticeship Provider of the year

Finalist - AAC Awards 2022 | Apprentice Employer of the Year

Winner - AoC Beacon Award 2022 | Jisc Award for Effective Use of Digital Technology in Further Education

Winner - AoC Beacon Award 2022 | The Careers and Enterprise Company for Innovation in Careers and Enterprise Award

Finalist - AoC Beacon Award 2022 | The Edge Award for Excellence in Real World Learning

Winner - Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC) Awards 2022 | Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeship Provider of the Year

Winner - National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS) Awards 2022 | Outstanding Contribution to Student Services award (Mandy Lee)

Winner - Bristol and Bath Apprentice Awards 2022 | Training Provider of the Year 2022

Winner - The Professional Association of Catering Education (PACE) awards 2022 | Outstanding Industry Partnerships award winners

Shortlisted - Worldskils in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and NCFE 2022 | Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards (Dr Paul)

Shortlisted - South West Business Leader Awards 2021 | Business in the Community

Winner - FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2021 | Promoting Apprenticeships Campaign of the Year

Shortlisted - Bristol Life Awards 2021 | shortlisted for Education and WEIoT for Civic

Shortlisted - TES FE AWARDS 2021 | FE College of the Year Award and Outstanding use of Technology in Delivering Remote Teaching and Learning Award

Commended College - AOC Beacon Award 2020-21 | Effective Use of Digital Technology in FE

Commended College & Winner - AOC Beacon Award 2020-21 | Inclusive Leadership Award

Gold Award Winner - Pearsons 2020 | National Teaching Award for Lifetime Achievement (Dr Paul)

Gold Award Winner - UKBA (UK National Business Awards) 2020 | Wellbeing at Work

Gold Award Winner - UKBA (UK National Business Awards) 2020 | Leader of the Future (Dr Paul)

Platinum & Champion - Investors in People 2020

National Finalist - TES 2020 | Professional Services Team of the Year HR and Payroll

National Finalist - TES 2020 | Employer Engagement

National Finalist - FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2020 | Promoting Apprenticeships campaign of the year

National Finalist - FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2020 | Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the year 

National Finalist - FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2020 | Apprenticeship Provider of the year

Winner - Training Provider of the Year 2020 | Bristol Bristol & Bath Apprenticeship

Winner - TES 2019 | FE leader of the Year (Dr Paul)

Winner - Lloyds National Business Awards 2019 | National Employer of the Year

National Finalist Commended - AOC Beacon 2019 | Employer Engagement

National Finalist Commended - AOC Beacon 2019 | Social Action

Sunday Time 100 Best Companies to Work For 2019

Shortlisted - TES | Teacher of the Year 2019

Shortlisted - TES | FE College of the Year 2019

Shortlisted - TES | Mental health and wellbeing 2019

Shortlisted - TES | Engagement with Employers 2019

Shortlisted - TES | Specialist Provider of the Year 2019

Winner - Beacon 2019 | Mental Health and Wellbeing

Winner - Bristol and Bath Apprentice Awards 2019 | Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Provider of the Year

Winner - AAC Awards 2019 | SEND Apprenticeship Champions

Finalist - West of England LABC Building Excellence Awards 2019 | Health and Active Living Centre

GOLD - National Student BTEC Awards 2019 | Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

GOLD - National Student BTEC Awards 2019 | Investors in People

GOLD - National Student BTEC Awards 2019 | Lifetime Acheivement (Dr Paul)

National Student BTEC Awards 2019 | Profiled nationally as 1 of 10 Colleges Best Practice for Transition Back Spotlight on NEETs

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