Learners sat together at ESOL celebration, whilst taking part in a quiz

In a year filled with challenges and triumphs, we are thrilled to announce the outstanding achievements of our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners.

These remarkable individuals have not only embraced the English language but have excelled beyond expectations, showcasing their dedication, resilience, and unwavering spirit. As we reflect on the past year, it is evident that their journey has been one of growth, empowerment, and triumph.

Amidst this group of exceptional individuals, a few stories shine particularly brightly:

Muhammad: Rising to the Challenge

Muhammad, who joined our class in February, wasted no time in making his mark. From the beginning, he engaged actively in class discussions and extended a helping hand to his fellow Afghan learners who faced challenges. When it came time for exams, Muhammad's dedication paid off. With a mere 3 points missed across two exams, he achieved a staggering total of 197 out of 200. His success was not only anticipated but celebrated, as he proved himself to be an incredible young man capable of achieving remarkable feats.

Al Hadi: From Shy to Stellar

Al Hadi's journey was one of transformation. Starting the course with trepidation in September, he gradually gained confidence and momentum. By January, he had found his stride, and his progress was nothing short of remarkable. His efforts culminated in the May speaking exam, where he achieved a perfect score—placing him at the pinnacle of the class. Al Hadi's story demonstrates that growth often emerges from stepping out of one's comfort zone and embracing challenges with determination.

Enjila: A Trailblazer in Communication

Enjila, one of three sisters on our course, is known for her enthusiastic communication skills. Through unwavering dedication, she not only advanced through different levels but also triumphed in her reading, speaking, and writing exams, exceeding expectations. While her lively presence adds vibrancy to the classroom, her academic achievements underscore her commitment to excellence. Enjila's success serves as a reminder that determination is key to conquering any obstacle.

Andra and Penghui: Mastering Mathematics in a Second Language

A special applause is reserved for Andra and Penghui, who accomplished the remarkable feat of passing their GCSE Maths exams in their second language. Their achievement is a testament to their perseverance, diligence, and intellectual acumen. Their success in a challenging subject illustrates their willingness to go above and beyond and highlights the diverse talents our ESOL learners bring to the table.

In celebrating these accomplishments, we must recognise that the achievements of our ESOL learners extend beyond the classroom. They have not only excelled academically but have also made positive impacts within our community. Their dedication, hard work, and humility inspire all those fortunate enough to interact with them.

We are immensely proud of the ESOL learners achievements, whether in exams, within the classroom, or within the broader community. Here's to our exceptional ESOL learners, whose brilliance knows no bounds!

Find out more about our ESOL courses, by clicking here.

Northwood University logo

In an era where virtual arenas are as fiercely competitive as traditional sports fields, esports has risen to become a globally recognized and respected industry. Among those looking to succeed in the area is Level 3 BTEC Esports learner Ciaran, who is ready to take the next steps towards his future career. But this isn't just any step – it's a leap across the Atlantic Ocean to join Northwood University's esports team in the USA.

The journey began with a spark of curiosity that blossomed into a well-orchestrated plan. Studying abroad had always been on the radar, but it wasn't until a past esports team manager suggested it that the idea gained serious traction. With Overwatch boasting an official collegiate circuit in the USA, opportunities to transition into pro leagues from universities abound, unlike the UK's esports landscape. These American institutions also offer scholarships to talented players, setting the stage for both academic and esports advancement.

Ciaran had honed his Overwatch skills for over five years, and his aspirations extended beyond gameplay alone. A desire to work in collegiate esports in the UK fuelled his ambitions, and a transatlantic education seemed tailor-made. However, the decision wasn't made lightly. The selection process was methodical, involving careful filtering of potential universities based on factors like esports courses, strong teams, and scholarship opportunities.

Directly reaching out to coaches, esports directors, and managers of collegiate Overwatch teams was the next strategic step. Each university had its own scouting process, which often entailed showcasing gameplay through VODs (videos of gameplay), revealing ranks, and detailing path-to-pro experiences. The standout choice was Northwood University, renowned for its robust esports program and a victorious collegiate circuit run. Surprisingly, before he even sent a comprehensive application, Northwood had already scouted this aspiring esports pro.

The news of selection came from none other than Cody Elsen, the Director of Esports at Northwood. Ciaran's prowess had caught the eye of this prestigious institution, underlining their talent and potential. Now came the momentous decision of accepting the offer. While the prospect of moving abroad alone was daunting, the scale seemed to tip overwhelmingly in favour of acceptance. The allure of enhancing their CV, gaining valuable experience in the US collegiate esports system, and playing alongside esports heroes became irresistible.

Fast forward to the present day, and preparations are well underway. Flights are booked, residence secured, and essential arrangements like healthcare and banking are being sorted. The anticipation is palpable, fuelled by the excitement of experiencing American life, excelling in a future career, and elevating esports prowess.

However, the journey isn't without its apprehensions. Battling anxiety and social anxiety in the past, Ciaran acknowledges the challenges of acclimating to a new environment and starting afresh. Having previously experienced living away from home for his studies, this transition is an entirely different ballgame. But with resilience honed over the years, Ciaran is ready to tackle these new challenges head-on.

Ciaran concluded by saying: “I'd like to thank my parents their financial and social support. My mother has helped me through the whole application process immensely (the recent decision to study abroad has made this quite the rush). She is all things esports. She might actually watch more esports in her own time than I can. My father has kept me grounded and realistic. I'm lucky to have to both of them as my parents. I'd also like to mention that my lecturers at Weston, Cam Lyes and Will Price, were excellent all throughout my time there. We said goodbye to Cam at the end of this year, I wish him the best in Bristol. Will is staying at Weston College this year. People planning to study esports at Weston are in good hands.”

We wish Ciaran the very best of luck with his future!

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Please see below changes, which will see improvements to the overall bus network in and around Weston-super-Mare,  that will come into effect from Sunday 3rd September.

Click here to see our options for travelling to college


Route Changes

Service 3 Worle – Weston-super-Mare – Searle Crescent

Service 3 will be replaced by services 6 and X1. Please see information below.

Service 6 Worle – Weston-super-Mare

This service will be a new Weston-super-Mare town service focussing on local links between Worle, Mead Vale, Upper Bristol Road and Weston town centre. The route will follow the existing 3 route between Worle Terminus and Mead Vale before serving Worle High Street via New Bristol Road and Station Road. It will then continue on along Baytree Road and the Upper Bristol Road, before reaching the town centre via Alfred Street.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

Service 7 Worle – Weston-super-Mare – Locking Parklands

Service 7 will have some minor punctuality changes & be extended beyond Haywood Village to Locking Parklands, offering a new regular service to this new development.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

NEW Service 10 Hutton - Weston-super-Mare Interchange 

Service 10 will be a new hourly service running between approximately 10am to 3pm weekdays between Hutton and Weston-super-Mare Interchange. 

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE. 

Service 51, 51s (becomes Service 125, 51s) Weston-super-Mare – Wrington

This North Somerset contracted route will have significant changes. The 51 will be renumbered 125, the 51s will remain as the 51s. The 125 will no longer serve Locking Parklands and instead serve Locking Village on the 2-hourly timetable. The service will also no longer serve The Runway/Haywood Village, instead additionally serving Flowerdown Retail Park in and out of Weston-super-Mare. In the town centre, the service will no longer run via the Railway Station forecourt.

As a result of parent and pupil safety concerns, there will be a 3.45pm service departing from the Churchill Academy school grounds for pupils travelling to Locking and Weston-super-Mare. 

Service 7 will be extended to Locking Parklands as a more frequent replacement for this area (please see above). Service 125 can still be caught from nearby bus stops at Old Banwell Road/Elborough Turn.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

Service X1 Asda & Bournville – Weston-super-Mare – Bristol

Service X1 will run more frequently - now every 15 minutes all through the day on weekday daytimes. 

At Weston-super-Mare, it will be extended beyond the town centre (Marine Parade) to replace the existing service 3 route through Bournville to Searle Crescent, picking up the existing service 3 route from Clevedon Road. It will terminate at Asda having come via Marchfields Way and Winterstoke Road to avoid peak time congestion. The 15 minute frequency means that Bournville will benefit from more frequent buses than before, as well as the service running much later into the evening than the 3.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

Service X5 Weston-super-Mare – Clevedon – Portishead

Between Clevedon and Worle, the X5 will now serve Yatton and Congresbury rather than taking its existing route via the M5. This sees a restoration of bus services to Yatton, and increases the journey opportunities available on service X5.

The X5 will also serve the South Road area of Weston-super-Mare at the start of most trips to Portishead, providing a link from South Road to town, and journey opportunities onto Yatton, Clevedon and Portishead.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.


Timetable Changes

Service 1 Weston-super-Mare – Sand Bay

Service 1 will change to the winter timetable from 3rd September, to align with schools returning and the seasonal reduction in demand. Buses will run hourly, with the Sunday service finishing for the summer at the end of October

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

Service 20 Weston-super-Mare – Burnham-on-Sea

Service 20 will change to the winter timetable from 3rd September, to align with schools returning and the seasonal reduction in demand. Buses will run hourly, with the Sunday service finishing for the summer at the end of October.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

Service A3 Weston-super-Mare – Bristol Airport

New timetable to address punctuality problems in the afternoon peaks.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

Service X4 Portishead – Bristol

Revised timetable. Buses will now operate every 20 minutes during weekday daytimes without any 25 minute gaps.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

Service X8 / X9 Nailsea – Bristol 

Revised timetable.

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.


No Changes

Service X6 Clevedon – Bristol

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

Service X7 Clevedon – Bristol

For PDF timetable & route map, click HERE.

To find out more about the North Somerset and West of England Combined Authority's Bus Service Improvement Plans, funded by the Department for Transport click HERE

Baylee collecting her GCSE grades

Learners from Weston College picked up their GCSE Maths and English results this morning.

Each year Weston College welcomes a combination of new learners to the College and returning learners, to obtain the grade C/4 required to progress further in their education.

Learners demonstrated remarkable dedication and perseverance, proving that it is never too late to pursue academic excellence and unlock new opportunities.

These results are a huge cause for celebration, and go to show how Weston College supports its learners to achieve.

One of the tremendous success stories from the day, is Baylee, who moved to Weston to go to Weston College and gained her English GCSE:

“I am very happy with my results – and delighted to pass! I wouldn’t have been able to go to college, if it wasn’t for Weston College.

“Now that I have my GCSE in English, I am going on to study counselling, because I really want to help people, like people have helped me.”

Good luck to Baylee on her next step!

Reuben achieved a grade 9 in his English GCSE: “I am very shocked at my GCSE English result – I really didn’t think I would get this result, so I am extremely happy.

“This qualification will help me to achieve my long-term dream of being a music teacher or a music therapist.

“The staff at Weston College were really helpful. I have dyspraxia, so they supported me with getting a laptop, and using coloured paper which has made a big difference to me. I am so glad and thankful for the support I received.”

Good luck Reuben!

If you would like to find out more about our math and English courses, you can do so by clicking here.

Jacqui Ford and Sir Paul Phillips standing in front of Creating Brighter Futures sign

The Board of Governors at Weston College is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqui Ford as the new Acting Principal and Chief Executive, effective from September 1st, 2023. This appointment follows the exceptional leadership and legacy of Sir Paul Phillips CBE, who has steered the institution towards remarkable achievements over the past 22 years and who retires at the end of August 2023.

Jacqui Ford is a former recent Deputy Principal of Weston College and many in the Weston College community are familiar with Jacqui's dynamic leadership, which contributed significantly to the advancement of Adult Education, Partnerships, and the SEND curriculum during her tenure as Deputy Principal. With nearly two decades of collaboration alongside Sir Paul Phillips, and a wide remit of experience across many different curriculum areas, Jacqui embodies the same ethos and approach that has defined Weston College’s success, instilling a sense of confidence in the path that lies ahead.

The Governors have also worked collaboratively with the senior Weston College team to establish a robust acting management structure that builds upon strength from within the institution to support Jacqui in her new role. The guidance of Sir Paul has been instrumental in shaping this new management framework.

Since 2001, Weston College has thrived under the visionary leadership of Sir Paul Phillips CBE. The College has witnessed unprecedented growth, from a turnover of £8 million to an impressive £75 million, all achieved without mergers. Situated in the heart of Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, Weston College stands as a beacon of excellence, offering education and vocational training to over 30,000 learners throughout the South West. This includes a diverse range of higher education courses through University Centre Weston, more than 50 distinct apprenticeships spanning from intermediate to degree level, and a robust presence in prisons across the South West region.

The Chair of the Governing Body reflected on the transformative impact of Sir Paul Phillips CBE's leadership, stating, "It has been a true honour to have had Sir Paul lead us as our Principal and Chief Executive. Under his guidance, Weston College has not only achieved 'Outstanding' status but has also garnered numerous prestigious awards and accolades that underscore its commitment to excellence. It is rare to see a college with both outstanding curriculum and finances.”

The Board of Governors wishes to express its pride in Weston College's continued expansion and articulates its optimism for the future. "With the announcement of Jacqui as our new Acting Principal and our exceptional staff, we are confident that we will continue to chart a course that focusses on our learners, employees, and the exciting skills agenda ahead.”

Weston College looks forward to embracing this new chapter under Jacqui Ford's leadership, honouring the legacy of Sir Paul Phillips CBE, and advancing its mission of providing excellence in education and vocational training by continuing to create brighter futures.

Hannah, T Level learner standing in the Early Years Centre

In a resounding testament to educational excellence, Weston College's T Level learners have achieved an extraordinary 100% pass rate this year – outshining the national pass rate of 90.5%.

T Levels, introduced as a new technical qualification pathway, emphasise a blend of classroom learning and practical experience, making Weston College's achievement even more noteworthy.

The achievement of a flawless pass rate is a reflection of the dedication put forth by students and the unwavering support provided by staff at Weston College.

Sandra Bull, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Cross College T Level Lead, at Weston College, said: “We are so proud of our T Level learners, and the amazing results that they have achieved – bucking the national trend!

“The results demonstrate the hard work and commitment of our students, staff and also the employer partners who play such an important role in the T Level journey for our learners.

“Our learners are now progressing onto their next stage, which looks different for each learner, with some progressing to university, some going on to complete degree apprenticeships and others going straight into their chosen industry.

“These results, and the feedback we are receiving, demonstrate the impact that T Levels can have and is having on creating the next generation of skilled employees for the evolving demands of the modern workforce.”

One of the driving forces behind this remarkable success is the college's emphasis on putting the learner first. Weston College is renowned for its student-centred approach, ensuring that each individual's unique strengths are harnessed and that support is on hand to support learners in any way that is needed. The dedicated teaching staff, equipped with a wealth of expertise, have played a pivotal role in shaping students into confident, knowledgeable professionals ready to make a meaningful impact.

Hear from some of the learners, and the impact T Levels has had on them, below.

inclusive group of people

The terms “neurodiversity” or “neurodivergent” is often a topic of conversation for those with a responsibility to build a diverse workforce in businesses, but what does it mean? 

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The reality is that everyone is different... and there is no single way in which we should think, learn and behave.

Neurodiversity, as a concept, describes these differences and their challenges, but also strengths. Neurodivergence is a term originally attributed to sociologist Judy Singer from the 1990s, and it’s a term used to described people with neurodiverse conditions such as autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD amongst others.

  • In the UK, around 15-20% of the population are thought to be neurodivergent
  • In the UK, 29% of autistic adults are employed, according to 2021 data from the Office for National Statistics
  • The British Dyslexia Association estimates that around 10% of the UK population is dyslexic.

65% of neurodivergent employees don’t disclose their conditions to employers out of fear of discrimination (Birkbeck’s Research Centre for Neurodiversity at Work, 2023).

This tells me that too many neurodivergent people in the workforce do not tell their employer that they need support, so managers in businesses need to be given the training and confidence to make reasonable adjustments. Furthermore, a shockingly low percentage of people with autism are in employment.

The team at Weston College and I sat down a year ago and just felt something needed to change. So what did we decide to do?

As a national SEND Centre of Excellence, the College supports over 1,000 neurodivergent students each academic year. We’re experts in this field. We spoke to local employers and asked them what they wanted us to do, and they told us.

We created a series of 1 day, informal but informative workshops a year ago, delivered by highly skilled and experienced neurodivergent and inclusion specialists working at Weston College, alongside some online 'Lunch and Learn' sessions. 7 workshops and 2 lunch and learns later, we have trained 200+ managers for local businesses to be neurodiversity confident. We’ve had law firms, construction, theatres, engineering and media businesses. The impact has seen employers make reasonable adjustments in their businesses for their staff and customers.

Puxton Park was one of the employers who attended the training, and following the workshop, introduced an access card scheme for neurodiverse and disabled visitors to aid communication of a person’s needs and act as proof of access requirements. They also now provide Ear Defenders, free of charge to visitors.

Georgina Francis, Operations Manager of Puxton Park, says: “Being an inclusive attraction has always been extremely important to us. We have worked closely with Weston College and have had the privilege of taking part in their neurodiversity training workshops. This training was enlightening and informative and opened our eyes to the opportunities and initiatives we can take part in to best support the disabled and neurodiverse communities.”

We’re not stopping there. We aim to double number of workplace managers we train in the 23/24 academic year.

We're also offering Conscious Inclusion training which will explore Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) delivered by highly experienced and specialist staff with lived experience. The one-day training supports employers to listen to voices lesser-known, as well as suggesting ways to create an improved culture of inclusion for marginalised groups in the workplace. This workshop is a must attend for anyone looking to celebrate diversity in their organisation. The workshop will deliver impactful sessions around LGBTQ+ Inclusive Language & Issues, Anti-Racism, Trauma-Informed Approaches and how to welcome Sensory Differences.

I’ll finish where I started... everyone is different.

By working together, we can raise awareness and train people to make reasonable changes and maximise the talent that we have in our region.

Employers interested in the training can contact me at lynsey.mckinstry@weston.ac.uk or visit our website here.

- Lynsey McKinstry – Business Partnership Manager & SEND Employment Co-ordinator 

students smiling studying in Library at weston college

Your child is starting college with us in September, so we wanted to make sure you have everything you need ahead of this.

Starting college is an exciting time but is also a big transition and can be daunting. Our job is to make this as seamless a step as possible and work with you and your child to ensure you both feel comfortable and assured about joining us at Weston College and what lies ahead!


GCSE Results Day and College Open Event

On Thursday 24th August, a lot of our new students will be picking up their GCSE results from their school and checking if they have achieved the grades to get into their college programme. 

Our school liaison team and curriculum staff are on hand throughout the day if you have any questions about what your child’s results mean, just give us a call – 01934 411411.

This year, we have also decided to host a summer open event on the afternoon of GCSE results day in case you would like to come to Knightstone Campus and speak in person to our staff about your child’s results. This is also open to young people and their parents who have not yet applied to the College and following receiving their results have maybe decided that college could be the best path for them! 

To attend simply register by clicking here


Welcome Festivals

Our 2023 Welcome Festivals begin on Friday 25th August and run until Monday 4th September 2023. This is where our new starters come to our Knightstone Campus and complete the final stages of their enrolment journey and officially become a Weston College student.

Your child should have already received their invite with the appointment, but if this is not the case, do not worry and simply contact our admissions team on 01934 411481.

Your child will need to bring with them the below to their appointment and will leave having signed their college agreement, as well as having had the opportunity to speak to our support services, get their Welcome Guide, sustainable goody bag and pick up their college ID and lanyard, which must be worn at all times when at college.

Students will need for this appointment:

  • GCSE Results slip or certificates – we can’t enrol them without these
  • Proof of your identity (passport, birth certificate, driving licence, etc.)
  • National Insurance number if they have been issued one
  • Parents/carers' contact information (telephone numbers and email)



Depending on which campus your child is studying at, induction for all students begins on the below:

  • Loxton Campus – Monday 4th September
  • South West Skills Campus – Monday 4th September
  • Knightstone Campus – Wednesday 6th September

Your child will be told where to go for their first day during their Welcome Festival, as well as given the link to access this in their enrolment confirmation email. Though, if they are unsure, they can access the information by clicking here

Induction lasts up to two weeks and is where students will take part in various activities designed to help them feel prepared for the transition to college. We want them to use this week as an opportunity to build relationships, explore the tools required for learning at college, and establish positive routines and expectations.

Students timetabled teaching will then begin the following week, starting on the 11th of September, alongside some induction activities including our campus Freshers Fayres that will take place from 19th-21st September.



MyWeston is the official Weston College app and portal for Weston College students, which personalises communications and consolidates access to all college systems - everything a student needs, all in one place!

It runs on mobile devices as an app but is also available on desktop devices within the college network. There are loads of features for learners on the app including access to their timetables, instant college news, up-to-date events, online learning, support services, and much more. The app also integrates with several of the college's other systems which means that the app will be a one-stop shop for all the information about the college.

Please check your child has downloaded it.


Travelling to college – get your child’s bus pass now!

Getting to Weston College is easy, as all three of our main campuses have great transport links across the region and are all easily accessible by road, train, and bus.

Most of our new students who join us from school travel to college by bus and we, therefore, subsidise over 50% of the cost of any of our bus passes.

These are now available to purchase now, and your child will have the choice of two passes, depending on where you live and how often they travel to and from college campuses.

All information and how to purchase them can be found by clicking here.


New freedoms and responsibilities

College timetables (or learning schedules as we call them) are significantly different from school and can take some time to get used to. Your child may not need to attend college every day and their day will be longer, with some classes ending in the late afternoon.

Students will have free periods to complete coursework, do research, or revise and we always encourage them to manage their time appropriately and proactively. However, there is also time for volunteering, part-time paid work, or for interests such as sports, drama, or music. We also have a very active Students’ Union, which promotes various opportunities and other clubs, trips, and activities.

Our students continuously tell us how they appreciate being treated as adults. A big part of this is taking responsibility for their learning and they will be given more freedom than they experienced at school. But with freedom comes responsibility! Your child will be asked to sign and acknowledge our behaviour policy and code of conduct to help ensure our core value of Respect is upheld by everyone. We expect our students to display the same behaviour you’d find in any workplace and our proud to model our curriculum on the ethos ‘Ready to Learn, Ready for Work, Ready for Life’.


Unique opportunities to develop professional skills…

As an award-winning college, our teaching goes beyond the curriculum to develop your child’s knowledge, skills, and behaviours to put them in the best possible position to achieve their career aspirations. We focus our curriculum on the following components:

  1. Position employers and partners at the centre of our curriculum design and delivery, which will maximise career opportunities, and progression and enhance the academic experience, by providing up-to-the-minute industry knowledge and expertise, thus ensuring any learner is an attractive future asset regardless of destination or progression path.
  2. Significant investment in real-world learning using industry-standard state of art facilities, to bridge the skills gap for the regional economy, at the same time creating opportunities for learners to engage in real-world learning outside the classroom including industry placement, enrichment opportunities, and exposure to wider employers through masterclasses, trips, and visits.
  3. Embed an inclusive approach across all we do and with everyone we work with. This will achieve an inclusive talent pipeline through embedding inclusive learning opportunities within each programme, giving learners the opportunity to learn from each other and the wider community.
  4. Develop leaders of the future by providing all students with the platform to deliver positive change within wider society, with a key focus on social action and sustainability.
  5. Create ambition and promote the development of career management skills through a planned careers programme and offer, including access to expert advisors ensuring that all learners are equipped with the tools to make an informed decision about their next steps to university, employment, or further programmes. Our approach to careers is already highlighted as a leading example within the college sector.


What students need to do before their first day 

Below are some key activities that your child will need to have completed before their first day. For any help, please get them to contact their personal tutor.

  1. Download the MyWeston app via the App Store or from Google Play.
  2. Download the Microsoft Teams app via the App Store or from Google Play.
  3. Log in to Office 365 with your college email and login and download your FREE Office 365 software.
  4. If under 18 get your parents to complete the parent permission slip for trips and work experience and bring it with you on your first day.
  5. If you are going to travel to college by bus, make sure you have purchased the necessary bus pass. All information can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming your child to Weston College.

Learners Celebrating their A Level Results, holding up their papers with Sir Paul Phillips stood in the middle.

Students studying A Levels, Vocational subjects, and T Levels at Weston College celebrate outstanding grades on results day 2023.

Results at Weston College were yet again very impressive for learners across the campuses of the College Group. The new T Levels included the subject disciplines of Health, Engineering, Education & Early Years. Digital, Design, and Construction achieved a 100% pass rate with 77% of learners achieving the highest grades.

T Levels are qualifications for 16- to 19-year-olds, taken after GCSEs. They are broadly equivalent in size to 3 A Levels and focus on technical and vocational skills. They can help students into skilled employment, higher study, or apprenticeships.

Similarly, for A Levels, 100% pass rates were realised in Computer Science, Economics, English, French, Media, Photography, Textiles, Criminology, IT, and Sport with Polish and Russian scoring 100% A*-B!

The College also witnessed hundreds of students achieving their vocational qualifications, in Animal Management, Business, Construction, Creative Arts, Education, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, Motor Vehicle, Public Services, and Sport.

Weston College Group Principal and Chief Executive Sir Paul Phillips CBE said:

“These results are a testament to the hard work and diligence of both staff and students and reflect yet again a superb progression to Higher Education and employment”.

“At Weston College, you’re not just taught how to pass an exam. Our focus looks not only on the present, but the future too with a key focus on kickstarting incredible careers. Our study programmes raise aspirations, and we work alongside industry to prepare students for their next step – whether that’s a Degree, Higher Apprenticeship, or the world of work.

“A massive congratulations and thank-you to the cohort of 2023. I wish each learner every success in their onward journey.”

A Level student Harrison Byrom who picked up his results today commented:

"It's an incredible feeling to have achieved A* in English Language and Literature, A in History, B in Politics, and an A in my EPQ. These results have opened the door for me to pursue my passion for History at Oxford University. For me, Weston College has an environment that is so much more enriching than traditional school settings, and the curriculum content has been an absolute blast to engage with. My time here has truly helped shape my character, pushing me to grow and evolve. I'm amazed at the brilliant friendships I've forged along the way. Weston College has been a pivotal chapter in my educational journey, and I can't wait to see where the next one at Oxford takes me."

Also, Iona Chambers was delighted with her results, which she collected from Loxton Campus with her Mum, Iona said:

“I am absolutely thrilled with my results and couldn't be happier. Achieving Criminology A*, Biology A, and English Literature B is a dream come true. My journey at Weston College has been nothing short of amazing. The support I received from the teachers and the Autism Hub has been incredible. After my GCSEs, I wasn't certain if A Levels were the right path for me, but from the moment I stepped into the College, I was embraced with warmth, encouragement, and unwavering support from everyone around me. I am particularly grateful to Jude and Nadine from the support team who have been absolutely incredible. With this solid foundation, I am eagerly looking forward to the next chapter of my education, studying Conservation and Archaeology at Cardiff University.”

T Level student in Education and Early Years, Hannah Morris picked up her results today and said:

“I am really happy with the results I have received today. I feel really grateful to all my tutors at the College who really encouraged me and helped me reach my goal. The T Level course has really helped boost my confidence and make me the person I am today. With this qualification, I can now continue to pursue my career within a local nursery.

T Levels are backed by employers and also contain 315 hours of an Industry Placement, which this year Bristol Port has given five Weston College T Level learners the opportunity to carry out their placements at the Port. David Brown, the Chief Executive Officer commented:

“The Bristol Port Company are passionate about developing future talent within our business and we have hosted T Level students from Weston College on their industry placement this year. The students have worked closely with our team and have made a positive impression. It’s good to see the new employer-led T Level courses giving young people the technical skills and practical experience they need for the workplace, supported by Weston College.”

The College’s Vocational qualifications were also outstanding this year. Business Extended Diploma student, Tallulah Stradling received the top grade and commented:

“I am really happy with my results! I can’t believe that I managed to get D*, D*, D*, and I am now off to Exeter University to study Law. I have really enjoyed my experience at Weston College – from the support to the course, it has been amazing.”

Overall, college results were exceptional with a similar set of outcomes to last year, albeit with a slight overall downward shift of 1%-2%. Sir Phillips added how pleased he was to see the take-up and advancement of T Levels reflecting their importance in curriculum delivery and learner progression.

Marketing and Communications

The marketing department is responsible for promoting Weston College to the public, by promoting the Colleges courses, achievements and events.

Our aims are to attract learners to study within the Weston College Group, build and grow the College’s brand and highlight its reputation, and promote the College Group’s success, student progression and outstanding support for our learners.

The marketing department manages the College’s websites and official social media accounts, runs advertising campaigns, creates press releases, and manages many of the College Group’s events, such as Graduation, the Celebration of Success and the Business Awards.

We produce a wide range of publications including our full-time, Higher Education and part-time prospectuses, course leaflets and posters, and other documents such as the College’s annual report, magazines and newsletters, course brochures and the student handbook.

Weston College is committed to providing accurate and timely information for local, regional and national media, and the general public.

The marketing team is available between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays. You can get in touch with us by emailing marketing@weston.ac.uk.

All of our press releases are uploaded to the news section of our websites. News from the academies we sponsor, including the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College, can be found on the news section of the Inspirational Futures Trust’s website. News pertaining to our Higher Education Provision can be found on www.ucw.ac.uk.

The marketing department produces most imagery and film in house, and keeps an extensive archive of the photographs it takes. If you would like a copy of an image featuring you or a member of your family, please contact us at photography@weston.ac.uk.

Our photos of graduation and many other events can be found on the College’s Facebook page. High quality images can be found on the College’s Flickr account.

Weston College is able to accommodate many requests to provide locations for film and photography. The College has a range of attractive, modern and adaptable facilities which can be viewed on our youtube channel.

We also are able to provide heritage facilities such as the Victorian Hans Price designed Conference Centre and, from September 2017, the 1927 Winter Gardens Pavilion.

For booking details, contact marketing@weston.ac.uk.

For enquiries about sponsoring key events such as Celebration of Success, Business Breakfast, Business Awards and Graduation, please contact the marketing team by email at marketing@weston.ac.uk.

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Take a look at this powerful film made by the staff of Weston College to show how important it is for everyone from different backgrounds to be included. The film shares heartfelt stories and interviews with a diverse group of staff, showing how accepting different identities and backgrounds can make a big difference. Its purpose is to encourage viewers to think about their own biases and work towards making our community more welcoming to all. We invite everyone, regardless of their background, to join us and be a part of our journey toward a more inclusive future.

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