South Essex College of Further and Higher Education welcomed new and returning students back to a new look ‘triple A’ College.
The College has spent over £1million over the summer, renovating and decorating its three campuses in Basildon, Southend and Thurrock. To celebrate the first day of the new term, slices of 3 A-shaped cakes, signifying the College’s core values of Aspiration, Access and Achievement, were handed out to students as they took a look round the new and improved facilities.
Public Services student at the Basildon Campus, Jardel Vieira, 17, from Billericay said: “The improved environment definitely makes me feel positive about coming to college and the staff have made me feel really comfortable on my first day.”
The College has been working hard to improve buildings, IT facilities, furniture and equipment ready for students this month, with the Thurrock and Basildon campuses receiving particular attention with investment in remodelled libraries, redecoration of classrooms and corridors and a bright new look to the Campus restaurants.
On the money spent on providing a better learning environment for the students, Animal Science student Stuart Tucker, 16, from Basildon added: “It looks really good, the money has been well spent and it’s been really well done. The atmosphere seems very relaxed and open which will help students.”
Learners will be able to get their hands on industry standard resources in every subject from Fashion to Engineering. The College’s first-class IT resources have also been enhanced with students at all campuses linked via a single IT network with access to millions of on-line documents and learning resources.
Principal and Chief Executive, Jan Hodges, said: “The investment in resources is in line with our vision of Aspiration, Access and Achievement. We want all of our students to aim high and achieve their potential and we’re committed to helping them do just that. Learner success is our number one priority and this year our students achieved a 97% pass rate in both A-levels and vocational qualifications, with an incredible 321 triple distinctions, which is equivalent to three As at A-level.”
The College is still open for enrolments with limited places still available at each campus.