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                                                  AN increase in demand for highly qualified
                                                   motor vehicle mechanics has prompted the
                                                   expansion of Stafford College’s Technology
                                                   Centre at Palmbourne, with the opening of
                                                   new workshops described by a College spokes-
                                                  person as “Some of the best in the region.”
                                                 The launch of    environment. The facility will cater for           said John Morris. “The new workshop
                                           the new workshops      students on new degree-level modules               is part of our specialist Technology
                                        provides some good        available for the first time in 2010 and is also   Centre at Palmbourne, where the levels
                                    news for a sector hit hard    expected to provide a base for short courses       of activity in specialist courses such

                               by the economic downturn. As       aimed at helping qualified mechanics gain          as electrical installation, construction
                         head of faculty John Morris explained,   the certificate they need to service and           plant and mechanical engineering as
                  the College is seeing signs of recovery         recharge vehicle air conditioning systems.         well as vehicle mechanics, point to
                  both in terms of interest from new entrants         “It’s a fantastic asset for the College        a very real recovery in the sector.”

                  to the industry and from local businesses       and a valuable resource for the sector,”
                  planning to expand their workforce.
                        “We are seeing some exceptional
                  levels of growth in the Motor Vehicle work
                  that we do. We have always enjoyed a very

the best in
                  good reputation for these courses and even
                  during the worst of the recession we were
                  still seeing a lot of new students hoping to
                  make a career in the sector. Now, though,

                  climbing demand from students is being
                  matched by enquiries from employers.”
                        The new workshop was opened by
                  Councillor Doug Davis, a link governor at
                  Stafford College. Along with state-of-the-
                  art mechanical equipment, the spacious
See page 4        premises include two new classrooms
                  complete with individual computers for
                  each student, interactive whiteboards
                  and access to the college online learning
                                                                  Councillor Doug Davis is pictured with motor vehicle students and vice principal Ian
                                                                  Rigby at the opening of the new workshops

              College celebrates
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    A vintage year for
    festival students
    LOCAL artists showcased                     a year’s work by students. Some will
    their talents in the summer arts            go on to further study at the College.
                                                For others, the festival marked the
    festival at Stafford College.               end of their time on these popular
    Students on art and design,                 and very highly-regarded courses.
    fashion, photography, graphics,                  “Stafford College offers art, design
    music, performing arts, dance               and production programmes from
                                                introductory, right through to degree-
    and media courses took part                 level. The excellent reputation that the
    in an ambitious event which                 College has for these courses means that
    stretched across almost three               students go on to further study at some
    weeks.                                      of our most prestigious institutions and
         This year the festival expanded        to employment at home and abroad.
    beyond the campus for the first time,       The summer arts festival provides local
    with performances of Against the Grain      residents with an opportunity to celebrate
    and Klatsche in the Gatehouse Theatre.      home-grown talent and perhaps to spot
    A catwalk was erected in Tenterbanks        future stars of the worlds of art, design,
    Theatre, on which students on National      music and performance. I am sure that
    Diploma, HND and Foundation Degree          everyone who attended the shows would
    fashion courses presented collections       agree that this was a vintage year,”
    described as “thrilling” by one onlooker.   said college principal Stephen Willis.
         Three concerts by music, music
    technology and music production
    students also took place in the campus
    theatre while Broad Eye, the centre for
    art and design courses, was transformed
    in its entirety into an exhibition space.
    Classrooms,      photographic     studios
    and workshops were filled with work
    by students, attracting hundreds of
    visitors during the week-long display.
         The shows are the culmination of

                                                                                                                                                                 Putting on a show - one of the catwalk models at the Fashion Show

face facts
An exhibition of work by students
excited a strong response from
visitors. The artists at Stafford
College worked with the charity

                                                                                        Nutrition fair
Changing Faces on a project                                                                                                                                                                  Image courtesy of Staffordshire Newsletter

exploring attitudes towards facial

                                                                                        supports heroes
disfigurement. Prints made during
the project went on show in the
exhibition space at Broad Eye, home
to art and design courses on the
                                                                                         A Nutrition Fair held by sporty                    the fair. More than 500 people joined in the   got full marks in their assessment for
                                                                                         students raised £621.12 for                        fun, including over 100 from local schools.    this part of their course and it is hard to
    Lecturer Ian Cale explained “The       elastic bands around their heads or                                                                   The Nutrition Fair ran in tandem          fault them. They began preparing for the
students spent a lot of time considering   wrapping sticky tape across their faces.      charity. The event is in its fifth                 with the very popular Good Food Show,          Nutrition Fair about six weeks beforehand
how our impressions of others as well      The exhibition featured photographs of        year and visitors dug deep to                      run by the hospitality team on the same        and worked incredibly hard on the day
as our own self-image are shaped by        the results, together with work using
the extent to which facial features        collage and photo-etching techniques.
                                                                                         raise the record sum for this                      day, at which pupils from local high           to ensure that everything ran smoothly
                                                                                         year’s worthy cause, Help for                      schools took part in a series of fun           and that visitors had a great time.
conform to some notion of regularity.      Visitors also saw material from Changing                                                         catering workshops. Timetabled into that       They had planned lots of informative,
We were very fortunate to receive a        Faces and quotes from the student artists,    Heroes.                                            event was a visit to the Nutrition Fair, so    lively activities including plenty of
great deal of assistance from the people   along with an introduction written by             The event was planned and run by               that the pupils were able to discover a        interactive games, demonstrations and
at Changing Faces, which is a charity      National Diploma student Lucy Jones,          second year students on BTEC National              bit more about healthy eating, as well as      assessments of people’s BMI. They’d
supporting people with disfigurement.”     who explained: “We challenged our own         Diploma Sports courses at Stafford                 learning to cook some delicious dishes.        also organised special games designed to
    As part of the project, the artists    feelings and explored how we would deal       College. It is part of the students’ syllabus to         Vinnie Fullegario, Lecturer in Sports,   appeal to the youngest visitors of the day,
recorded temporary ‘changes’ to their      with changes to our own appearance.”          promote healthy eating within the college          said that he was delighted with the success    who came from Butterflies Day Nursery.”
own features, for instance by winding                                                    and they were assessed on the success of           of the day: “The majority of the students

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                                                                                                                                                    Above, from left, Jonathan Greenhill, Adam Redfern, Anna
                                                                                                                              Sophia D’Angona       Gador, Laura Furnival, Amy Thompson, Chris Hill, Sofia
                                                                                                                         receives her Certificate
                                                                                                                            of Merit from Chair     D’Angona and Jurate Preimantaite
                                                                                                                               of the Governors

College rewards Sporty students on their
Laura Furnival, right, with her mum, Cheryl                                                                                        Tony Davison

achievement     marks at primary school
A special presentation event was                    Anna Gador first joined the College
held on the Stafford College                   in 2005, studying English for Speakers of
campus to reward outstanding                   Other Languages (ESOL). Her lecturers          STUDENTS from Stafford College worked with                                            Nineteen second-year students on
                                                                                                                                                                               the BTEC National Diploma in Sports
                                                                                              pupils at a local primary school to encourage
                                               say that Anna’s knowledge of English
achievement by exceptional                     has been instrumental in enabling her                                                                                           Development, Coaching and Fitness
students across the college.
The students were presented
                                               to progress in her career and they were
                                               delighted to learn she had been promoted
                                                                                              the children to enjoy sporty activities that are                                 took part in the project, which linked
                                                                                                                                                                               them with Silkmore Community Primary
with Certificates of Merit at a                to a professional role in recruitment.         high on fun as well as fitness.                                                  School. In addition to planning and
ceremony in front of governors,                     Lia Hall was recognised for her success                                                                                    running the sports event, the students also
                                               in the Taste of Staffordshire’s Young                                                                                           had to raise the funds that they needed
lecturers and guests of the
                                               Chef competition. You can read more                                                                                             to stage the games they had arranged
winners.                                       about Lia and fellow certificate winners                                                                                        for the youngsters. Lecturer Jim Morris
      Among the students receiving                                                                                                                                             explained that their work with the school
                                               Leeson Underhill, Jurate Preimantaite
awards was Sofia D’Angona. Sofia began                                                                                                                                         formed an important part of their course:
                                               and Chris Hill in College News.
her studies at Level 1 and has made a                                                                                                                                               “Organising an event is one unit
                                                    Adam Redfern was another winner
remarkable progress through successively                                                                                                                                       within the course. These students delivered
                                               among an outstanding group of bricklaying
higher level courses, finally excelling in                                                                                                                                     an afternoon of sport at the school. It was
                                               students. Adam took third place in the
the BTEC National Diploma in Health                                                                                                                                            a marvellous experience for them as they
                                               SkillBuild Regional Junior competition
& Social Care. Sofia has also helped to                                                                                                                                        learned how to chair meetings, plan,
                                               for bricklayers. From the same faculty
inspire other young people by taking part                                                                                                                                      budget and work with young people to
                                               came Amy Thompson – the first female
in a film called Sofia’s Story, which can                                                                                                                                      ensure that the children at the school really
                                               student to complete the Level 3 Vehicle
be seen on the Stafford College website.                                                                                                                                       enjoyed their event. They even proved
                                               Maintenance & Repair course at the
      Laura Furnival completed a BTEC                                                                                                                                          that they could handle some last-minute
                                               College, gaining two distinctions, two
National Diploma in Sports Science                                                                                                                                             hitches too, when a change in the weather
                                               credits and two passes in her exams.
and went on to a degree-level course at                                                                                                                                        meant that the whole occasion had to be
                                                    Principal Steve Willis congratulated
Stafford College. Towards the end of her                                                                                                                                       moved indoors. They got an enormous
                                               all the award recipients: “We have some
first year she was diagnosed with a serious                                                                                                                                    amount out of the day and we’d like to
                                               exceptional young people here in Stafford
illness. To the admiration of her lecturers                                                                                                                                    thank everyone at Silkmore Community
                                               and I believe it is hugely important to
and fellow students, Laura persevered with                                                                                                                                     Primary School for supporting the event.”
                                               mark their achievements. I hope that new
her studies throughout her treatment. She
                                               students arriving in September see the
has now graduated from the HND course
                                               individuals celebrated in our Hall of Fame,
and intends further study at university.
                                               read about our Certificate of Merit winners
                                               and take inspiration for their own future.”    Students show primary school children how to have fun keeping fit

Busy year for Council
The Student Council at Stafford                Council played a big part in its success.”                 A trip to Alton Towers was
                                                    The Student Council also provided                             one of the activities
College celebrated the end of a                                                                             organised by the Student
                                               transport to help students attend a regional
successful year in which trips                 higher education showcase, ensuring that
were arranged to Clothes Show                  hundreds of young people preparing for
Live and Alton Towers Resort,                  A-levels and vocational qualifications
while more serious activities                  on the campus, got the information they
                                               needed to progress onto degree courses.
underlined the importance of                        “There was plenty of fun, too, with
student representation.                        popular trips to Alton Towers Resort and
     The Student Council at Stafford           a paintballing centre. The Student Council
College celebrated a the end of a successful   and the peer mentoring scheme are both
year in which trips were arranged to Clothes   making a very positive contribution to
Show Live and Alton Towers Resort,             the experience of learners on the campus
while more serious activities underlined       and also offer the kind of opportunities
the importance of student representation.      valued by employers and university
     Student Liaison Officer Gemma             admissions officers – we’d urge
Stepney, who works closely with the Student    all students to get involved,”
Council, explained that members had            said Gemma Stepney.
played a vital role in the inaugural Learner
Voice conference held on the campus:
     “This was an incredibly successful
day, ensuring that students across the
college had the opportunity to discuss their
experiences and give voice to suggestions,
comments and criticism. Delegates at the
conference were consulted on a wide range
of issues and were able to talk directly to
members of the college management team.
It was a very valuable event and the Student
    TV showcase
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                                                                                                                                         A group of eight students were dancing for
                                                                                                                                         joy, when they were chosen to perform at
                                                                                                                                         the televised finals of the European

     for student dancers
                                                                                                                                         Gymnastics Championships in Birmingham.
                                                                                                                                         The students are in a college-based dance
                                                                                                                                         group called Motley.
                                                                                                                                             The dancers, all on performing arts        that their performance could form part
                                                                                                                                         courses at Stafford College, prepared          of televised coverage of the event.
                                                                                                                                         an exciting new piece of work for                   “The students rehearse after lectures
                                                                                                                                         the performance. They called their             finish on a Monday evening and in the
                                                                                                                                         dance Contract 8, which was the name           run-up to this performance they also came
                                                                                                                                         given by developers to Spaghetti               into the dance studios during the holidays
                                                                                                                                         Junction while the iconic motorway             as well. They knew they had a fantastic
                                                                                                                                         landmark was under construction.               opportunity to shine and were all very
                                                                                                                                             Lecturer Jenny MacNamara worked            excited about stepping on to the big stage.”
                                                                                                                                         with the students, who were also
                                                                                                                                         among those taking part in a week-long
                                                                                                                                         workshop with professional dancers and
                                                                                                                                         choreographers held on the campus:
                                                                                                                                             “It was a great honour for these
                                                                                                                                         students to be invited to appear at the
                                                                                                                                         NIA and a tribute to the reputation of
                                                                                                                                         the performing arts courses at Stafford
                                                                                                                                         College. There was a huge audience at
                                                                                                                                         the venue and the dancers also knew

Motley prepare to wow the crowds

                                                                                                                                          Working to build
                                            learners                                                                                      awareness of
                                                                                                                                          domestic violence
                                            TWO Stafford College students have been presented with
                                                                                                                                           A group of First Year Health Sciences
                                                                                                                                           students have teamed up with
                                            prestigious awards. Lilian Ward and Leeson Underhill were                                      representatives from Stafford Borough
                                            nominated for the inaugural LearnMore Awards, supported by the
                                            North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership to celebrate learning
                                                                                                                                           Council to develop new material
                                            and achievement in the region. Aged 100 and 16 respectively when                               raising awareness of domestic violence.
                                            nominated, they were the youngest and oldest learners put forward
                                                                                                                                               The students have worked closely with Russ Cartilidge from the Council
Winner Leeson Underhill                     among thousands of nominations received by the judges.                                         preparing for a launch of the initiative, held at the Nutrition Fair on the campus. The
                                                                                                                                           project will continue throughout the next academic year as the students develop
    Lilian Ward, 100, received the          he joined the BTEC First Diploma Art         young person who refuses to be limited            new teaching packages to be incorporated into PHSE classes within primary and
Wedgwood Memorial College Award for         & Design course. He won the Special          by his disability. He has learned a lot this      secondary schools.
Lifelong Learning. Described by staff as    Achievement Award. In an accident            year and we have all learned from him.”               Julie Bateman is one of the lecturers supporting the work of the students:
“An inspiration to others”, Lilian joined   just a few weeks before he arrived at             Stephen Willis, principal of Stafford        “This is a fantastic opportunity and the members of the group have been working
an Exercise to Music Class when she was     College, Leeson suffered horrific injuries   College, said that he was “delighted” that        extremely hard in their own time to ensure that the project is a success. They’ve
92 and now attends a Lip Reading class.     resulting in the amputation of part of one   Leeson and Lilian had both won awards:            shown enormous commitment and a lot of creativity in their approach to the brief.
She celebrated her 100th birthday with an   leg. Ian Cale, who nominated him, said       “We are so thrilled that they have been           The first priority for the students is to develop the teaching resources for schools.
impromptu party thrown by her classmates.   that Leeson had “Demonstrated a quiet        recognised in this way. They are very             Afterwards they hope to go on to produce some tutorial material specifically
    Leeson Underhill, 16, is a full-        determination and considerable maturity.     different learners sharing a common               designed to be used with older students, which can be piloted in the College.”
time student at Stafford College, where     He has shown himself to be an admirable      strength of character.”

    Stafford therapist
    the best in Britain
A beauty therapist training at Stafford College has been
named the best in Britain, three years after moving here
from Lithuania. Jurate Preimantaite, 23, took Gold at the
UK finals of the World Skills Contest, having competed
against student therapists from colleges all over Britain.
                                                                Jurate has been attending ESOL classes at the College as well as
                                                           training in beauty therapy at the Stafford Beauty Academy. She com-
                                                           peted in the Intermediate Level 2 class, impressing the judges by per-
                                                           forming a facial, eye treatment, pedicure with nail art and make-up for
                                                           a graduation ball. Contestants also had to take part in a professional dis-
                                                           cussion with the judges and it was a tribute to the language as well as
                                                           vocational skills Jurate has developed at college that she took the title.
                                                                “I had so many emotions in the competition. I was nervous as well
                                                           as scared but once I began the therapies my training took over.
                                                           When I learned that I had won I couldn’t wait to contact my fam-
                                                           ily and let them know – they are very proud and happy for
                                                           me,” said Jurate, who has combined her ESOL and beauty
                                                           therapy lessons with part-time work at the Soup Kitchen in Stafford.
                                                                The student had a support team at the finals, in the form of two
                                                           of her lecturers. Helen Vincent described Jurate’s win as a fantas-
                                                           tic achievement: “Jurate is an extremely motivated and dedicated
                                                           learner. Her commitment and dedication to the beauty industry shone
                                                           through on the day. High standards of client care, skilled treatment
                                                           application and enthusiasm put Jurate ahead of the competition.”
                                                                After time for celebrations the Gold medal winner will be re-
                                                           turning to college to continue her training at Stafford Beauty Acad-
                                                           emy. Eventually she hopes to find employment in a salon or spa.                                                          Jurate demonstrates her medal-winning skills
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     Special delivery
                                                                                                 STUDENTS on the animal care course
                                                                                                 at Stafford College helped out with some
                                                                                                 special deliveries when they were invited
                                                                                                 to assist with lambing at Shugborough

     for animal care students                                                                    Park Farm. The classmates were on-hand
                                                                                                 as some of the rare breed ewes gave birth
                                                                                                 and lent a hand bottle-feeding lambs.
                                                                                                      “The students were         like Spider the beagle,          es, for example,” said Beth
                                                                                                 all on the BTEC First Di-       who dropped-in to the            Kibble. “Like the First Di-
                                                                                                 ploma in Animal Care            campus to sign a few ‘paw-       ploma, it will include prac-
                                                                                                 course, which includes a        tographs’ during a break         tical experience with the
                                                                                                 lot of practical, hands-on      from filming with the BBC.       advantage of very small
                                                                                                 experience with animals              Based on the success        class sizes ensuring excel-
                                                                                                 as part of the syllabus,”       of this new course, the Col-     lent support for the indi-
                                                                                                 explained lecturer Beth         lege has launched a higher-      vidual. We are delighted
                                                                                                 Kibble. “They spent sev-        level course for people          that almost 90 per cent of
                                                                                                 eral days at Shugborough        who want to work with ani-       the students who complet-
                                                                                                 and were delighted to be        mals. The BTEC National          ed the First Diploma in the
                                                                                                 there during lambing.”          Diploma in Animal Man-           summer will be progress-
                                                                                                      During the course the      agement is being offered         ing on to the new course.”
                                                                                                 animal-loving      students     for the first time in the aca-
                                                                                                 were able to get involved       demic year 2010-2011. The
                                                                                                 with a number of animal         two-year, full-time course
                                                                                                 sanctuaries, farms and          can lead to university or
                                                                                                 charities, with some later      employment in the sector.
                                                                                                 offered part-time work by            “The new course is the
                                                                                                 managers impressed by           equivalent of three A-lev-
                                                                                                 their knowledge and dedi-       els and will be particularly
                                                                                                 cation. There were even         suited to people who want

                                                                                                 New course
Getting to know each other - an animal care student with one of the new arrivals                 visits by celebrity canines     to work as veterinary nurs-

A walk on the wild side for
Stafford sculptors a first for the
lecturers from                                                                                   STAFFORD College has announced that it is to offer
Stafford College                                                                                 a new course opening doors to medical school for
created some large-                                                                              mature students. The Access to Higher Education
scale sculptures                                                                                 (Medicine & Health Professions) is an intensive,
for a new trail at                                                                               one-year course which has been developed in close
Shugborough. The                                                                                 collaboration with Keele University School of
artists produced                                                                                 Medicine.
nine sculptures                                                                                      As Faculty Manager Karen Baker explained, the new course could bring training in
inspired by some of                                                                              medicine, physiotherapy and pharmacy within the reach of people who might currently

the animals, insects                                                                             see no way forward to their dream career:
                                                                                                     “Mature candidates elsewhere in the country have been able to take advantage
and birds found on                                                                               of this life-changing qualification for several years,” she said. “Hundreds of people

the estate.                                                                                      have now completed the course and taken their places at university. We are delighted
                                                                                                         that Stafford College is now extending this opportunity to people in the
     Visitors to the historic estate en-                                                                        West Midlands. The course is aimed at mature people with valuable
joyed the sculptures when they followed                                                                           life skills and experiences but not necessarily high-level academic
the Wild About Wildlife Sculpture Trail.                                                                           qualifications. These people could make wonderful doctors,
The Trail has been funded by the Staf-                                                                               pharmacists or physiotherapists and might have the kind of
fordshire County Council and Cannock                                                                                  interpersonal abilities that distinguish an outstanding healthcare
Chase Area of Outstanding Beauty.                                                                                     professional. All they need is help onto the first rung of the ladder”.
     Adam Wilkinson was one of the sculp-                                                                                  Mature students applying for the new course won’t need A-Levels.
tors taking part in the project. “There were                                                                          What they will need, Karen Baker warned, is plenty of drive and
some stunning pieces inspired by some of                                                                             dedication. “Applicants will need to demonstrate a strong commitment
the wildlife that visitors can glimpse at                                                                               to a future career in medicine and will ideally have recent work or
Cannock Chase or on the Shugborough                                                                                             volunteering experience in a caring sector. They will need
estate,” he said. Nature lovers following                                                                                            5 GCSEs at grades A-C, including English, Maths and
the Wildlife Trail, though, would find it                                                                                               two sciences. Just as important, though, they will
easier to spot the creatures constructed by                                                                                              have to be prepared to give it their all. In a year’s
campus creatives. “We built a statuesque                                                                                                        time these students could have gained a
deer, a large copper heron standing some                                                                                                   place at medical school. We’ll certainly do
six feet tall, an owl with a wingspan of                                                                                                    everything in our power to help them succeed.”
around eight feet, a great crested newt as                                                                                                        Among the first prospective students
big as a crocodile and a crayfish the size                                                                                                   interviewed at the College was Sammi Watti,
of a car,” said Adam.                                                                                                                         29. Sammi is currently working as a healthcare
      Sculptors at College                                                                                                                    assistant and is based in Birmingham.
have a specially-created                                                                                                                      He was delighted to find that the course
roof terrace on which                                                                                                                         was being offered for the first time in the
to construct extra-large                                                                                                                       Midlands: “My experience within the NHS
pieces such as the ones                                                                                                                        has made me want to become a doctor and
destined for Shugbor-                                                                                                                           this course could give me the fastest route
ough. The College has a                                                                                                                         to medical school, without going back
reputation for high calibre                                                                                                                    into education to take different A-levels.”
sculpture courses, which
it makes available to                                                                                                                         Anyone who wants to learn more about the
everyone from people                                                                                                                    course can do so online by visiting the College
with a leisure interest                                                                                                                website
right up to degree-level                                                                                                             medicine or by contacting Karen Baker on 01785
students. Those contrib-                                                                                                            275505 or email
uting to the Wild About
Wildlife Trail were teach-
ing and learning on the ac-
claimed Foundation De-
gree course in the subject.

                                                                                                                                 Sammi Watti, taking
                                                                                                                                 the first steps towards
                            Sculptors prepare the larger-than life creations for the new trail                                   a career in medicine
New Foundation
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at an award-winning College
Stafford College has announced the launch of a number of new
Foundation Degrees. Among those being offered in 2010 are the
Foundation Degree in Sustainable Communities, the Foundation
Degree in Adult Social Care, Foundation Degree in Sports
Development & Coaching and the Foundation Degree in Education
(Teaching Assistants).
     The College is also expected to begin    explained that foundation degrees have
delivering the Foundation Degree in           been introduced “For anyone who wants to            Among the higher-level courses now
Offender Management, which was pending        develop or change their career and balance          available at the local college are:
validation as this newspaper went to print.   study with work and other responsibilities.
     Foundation Degrees are demanding,        They are ideal for mature learners who              • Access to Higher Education
highly-respected qualifications developed     want to return to education after a break               (Medicine & Health Professions) –
with employers and designed to boost          as well as A-level students looking for                 an exciting, new one-year course
job prospects. Graduates of these             an alternative degree route by staying                  for mature students with the
courses can add the letters FdA or FdSc       local and saving money. The new courses                 ambition for a career in medicine
after their name and the qualifications       will extend a great choice of exciting                  or the health professions.
can also be a stepping-stone to further       subjects we already offer at this level.            •   Foundation Degree in Early
study. As well as developing experience           Further information about degree                    Childhood Studies
within the subject, foundation degree         courses offered at Stafford College can be          •   HNC/HND Business
students gain specific, work-related          obtained from the website, or in the Higher         •   Foundation Degree in Small
knowledge and valuable leadership skills.     Education Prospectus available from the                 Business (Salon) Management
     Emma Reed, who coordinates the           campus.                                             •   A wide range of other industry-led,
degree courses at Stafford College,                                                                   degree-level courses                      New qualifications include a Foundation Degree for people
                                                                                                                                                working in Adult Social Care

     Concert link with
    Forestry Commission
    When the Forestry Commission wanted help letting
    people know about their summer concerts at Cannock
    Chase, they got in touch with the local college.
    For the last two years Stafford College has   said Cathy Webb, head of marketing and              scheduled to take place on Friday 24 June
    been helping to spread the word about the     student services at Stafford College.               and Saturday 25 June. Stafford College
    concerts, ensuring information reaches        “When the Forestry Commission wanted                students will be hoping for the early word
    the community of students and staff and       to ensure that local people knew about the          on bands appearing at the concerts. Other
    offering tickets generously provided by the   sell-out concerts in time to obtain tickets,        music fans can learn more by visiting www.
    Forestry Commission as awards or prizes.      it was logical for them to ask for our help.” and subscribing to
         “We have a large campus community             In 2010 Stafford College students and          receive news as it is announced – be quick,
    of 3,500 full-time students and around        staff were among the first to learn about           though, as previous forest events have sold
    7,000 part-time learners as well as our       signings by Simply Red and Keane. In                out almost as soon as tickets go on sale.
    concert-going lecturers and support staff,”   2011 the Cannock Chase concerts are

      Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, singing for
      the sell-out crowd at Cannock Chase
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                                                                                                                                         way to
                                                                                                                                         Earlier this year Stafford College dyslexia
                                                                                                                                         specialist Helen House attended a meeting
                                                                                                                                         of the Specific Learning Difficulty
                                                                                                                                         (Dyslexia) Centre, which provides a

    Chris bids for
Chris Hill and Adam Redfern, bricklayers building a great future
                                                                                                                                         central dyslexia support service for local
                                                                                                                                         primary schools.

    Midlands’ title
                                                                                                                                              “It was a really special day for me, not only learning more about the fantastic work
                                                                                                                                         done by the SpLD Centre but also meeting parents who had first-hand experience of
                                                                                                                                         the kind of support that we offer here at College,” said Helen. “They were very keen
                                                                                                                                         to pay tribute to the help that they had received at College and to assure parents of
                                                                                                                                         children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, that when the time came for them
                                                                                                                                         to move on to college, they would receive enormous support and encouragement.”
                                                                                                                                              Following on from that meeting, Helen was asked whether the College
                                                                                                                                         could host a special celebration for 12 Year 6 pupils who are about to leave the
                                                                                                                                         service. Each year this event takes the form of a practical activity with a learning
                                                                                                                                         element and a social side, culminating with a presentation to the SpLD graduates.
                                                                                                                                              The hospitality department threw open the professional-standard kitchens
A student bricklayer at Stafford College is laying the                                                                                   for the day, where faculty manager Alison Malcolm and colleagues cooked-
                                                                                                                                         up a fun morning for the group. Lecturer Sue Evans lead a practical activity in

foundations for a good career, having been named the                                                                                     which the lucky visitors took part in a fun maths exercise involving the creation
                                                                                                                                         of baby Eeyore figures out of marzipan. After pausing for refreshments and

best young bricklayer in the West Midlands in two
                                                                                                                                         a quiz in the College bistro, the children were presented with leaving gifts.

prestigious industry contests.
     Chris Hill, 20, was a second year         bricklayers in the New Entrant class.         delighted Kevin Ellement. “Winners are
student on the Level 2 Diploma in                   The competitors were challenging         often snapped-up by leading employers
Bricklaying course at Stafford College         to represent the region in the national       and that very quickly proved the case for
when lecturer Kevin Ellement spotted           finals of SkillBuild and the chance           Chris, who was offered employment by
his potential and entered him for a            of a place in World Skills 2011. The          RA Edwards & Sons. Both Chris and Adam
competition staged by the Guild of             Stafford College stars took two out           performed brilliantly under pressure,
Bricklayers. Having taken first place in       of the three top places in the contest,       having to construct models from drawings
that contest, Chris went with renewed          with another gold medal for Chris and         under the discerning eyes of the judges.
confidence to the regional heats of            very creditable third place for Adam.         We were incredibly proud of them both.”
SkillBuild 2010 where he and classmate              “These are very well respected
Adam Redfern competed against 14 other         competitions within the industry,” said a

  Campus in bloom
  thanks to green-fingered
  VISITORS to the Stafford College campus have been delighted
  by a new garden area. The space, by the rear entrance to the main
  building, has been a riot of colour from Spring right through
  Summer and with picnic benches and beautifully maintained
  window baskets, has become a popular resting place during
  sunny lunchtimes.
       The new garden is the work of           and as lecturer Julie Sleight explained,     very rewarding to see the pleasure that
  green-fingered learners on the Next          the garden is just one of a wide range       the garden has brought to other students,
  Steps mature programme. One of               of activities they have taken part in this   staff and visitors to the campus.”
  the units they study on this course is       year: “Together, they have made bird              Learners involved in the project
  ‘Working Together’. To successfully          feeders and sold them to raise money         were David Rigby, Peter Smith,
  complete this unit they have to work in      for charity. They also planned a meal        Nicholas Salmon, Clare Parton, Laura
  a team and actively listen to one another.   out for the group and arranged visits to     Nutting, Vanessa Babb and Leon Ford.
  Developing their own projects and            a gallery, the library and courthouse. I
  taking on a role to run those projects are   know that they all enjoyed the gardening
  important elements within the syllabus       project on the campus and it has been                                                        Success on a plate - one of the young visitors shows
                                                                                                                                            off his marzipan models
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for local graduates
Hundreds of Stafford College students
celebrated the successful completion
of higher education courses, at the
Staffordshire University Awards
Ceremonies held at Trentham Gardens.
     The majority of the degree-level              her proud parents and boyfriend, Jamie.
courses offered at Stafford College are                 Sam and her fellow Fashion students
validated by Staffordshire University and          were the last to complete the HND at
each summer students finishing these               Stafford College, which has now been
courses graduate alongside those from the          replaced by the Foundation Degree. Elisa
University and other Staffordshire colleges.       Bishop’s mother and grandmother were
     Degree-level qualifications can be            both watching her graduate. “We are
studied on a full or part-time basis at Stafford   incredibly proud of her,” said her mum.
College and many of those graduating               “Her confidence has soared and it’s made
had achieved formidable feats of time              a huge difference to her coming to College
management, juggling their coursework              and doing a course that she loves. I know
with career and family responsibilities.           she’s had a wonderful time. She’s had a
Each with very different stories to tell,          lot of support and made a lovely group of
they were united in their conviction that          friends – she’ll certainly be sorry to leave.”
“It’s hard work but it’s definitely worth it!”          Like Amber Wright, Elisa was
     Sarahjane Edwards had done more               planning an additional year’s study at
juggling than most – while studying                Nottingham Trent University, to top-up
for the Foundation Degree in Early                 her qualification to an honours degree.
Years she had also found time to move              Amy Warrilow meanwhile, who had also
home and to plan her wedding. Manager              studied the BTEC National Diploma
of ABC Early Learning & Childcare                  before going on to the HND at Stafford
Centre in Bilbrook, Sarahjane said that            College, planned to study Costume in                                                             From left: Elisa Bishop, Amber Wright, Amy Warrilow and Sam Stanton
in times of stress, she had kept going             Yorkshire and wants to go on to work in
thanks to “Coffee, chocolate and plenty            costume design. “I’ve been at Stafford
of support from my husband, Rob.”                  College for five years. The course has been
     Quite a few of the graduates had grown        incredibly satisfying and I’ve had loads of
used to studying at night, after their young       support from my lecturers and tutors. I
children had gone to bed. On the same              will really miss Broad Eye but I’m looking
course as Sarahjane was Hazel Morgan,              forward to starting the new course.”
who had three young children of her own                 Whatever subject they had studied,
as well as a job at a nursery in Rugeley.          the new graduates agreed that these high-
“I studied in the evenings and was really          level vocational qualifications would
lucky to have a lot of help from my family.”       be directly beneficial to their careers.
     Amber Wright, Elisa Bishop, Amy                    Gemma Ambler began a Foundation
Warrilow and Sam Stanton graduated                 Degree to further her career and was
in Fashion having studied at Stafford              promoted to manager before she had
College. All agreed that it would be a big         finished the course. Emma Richards
wrench to leave the College and this was           meanwhile, expecting her first child just
particularly true for Sam, who had spent           weeks after the graduation ceremony, hoped
seven years on the town centre campus:             that the Foundation Degree would take her
     “I began by taking GCSEs and went             a step closer to running her own business.
on to the First Diploma, progressing on
to the BTEC National Diploma and then              • To see more pictures of local graduates
the HND. We stage a catwalk fashion                  go to
show as the culmination of each year’s               college
work and I must admit that there were              • To find out whether there is a degree-
a few tears at my last show. I’ve loved              level course available to boost your

Fast forward
my time here and I’ll be really sorry to             career opportunities, call 01785 275475.       On the catwalk - one of the costumes designed                    Charlotte Barnbrook, who graduated in Early Years,
leave.” Watching Sam graduate were                                                                          by new graduate Amy Warrilow, being                                        shown here with her proud father
                                                                                                        modelled at the end of year Fashion show

for charity runners
Eight women from Stafford College trained for a 10k event to raise money for
cancer research. The women set themselves an ambitious
fundraising target of £1,000 in the
Race for Life event and were
helped by Horizons learners,
who sold delicately-painted glass
objects on the campus to boost
their total.
    Jayne Wilkinson, Tabitha Cartmail,
Jenny Moss, Mandy Ricketts, Christina
Anslow, Janice Gormley and Anne Harding
made-up the team. They were supported
by the College, which printed special pink
T-shirts for them to wear on their run.
    “We were also very lucky in that
we were able to use the equipment in the
College gym, where Jean Shaw and Ed Hill
developed individual programmes to ensure
we were fit for the course,” said Jayne
                           The Stafford College team
                                     get ready to run
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College restaurants
All the ingredients for a great meal at the Stafford College restaurants
                                                                                                                                          The College operates a
                                                                                                                                     number of on-campus eateries

- great value on a
                                                                                                                                     open to the public, including
                                                                                                                                     Earls Rooftop Restaurant, The
                                                                                                                                     Bistro and the Atrium Fair Trade
                                                                                                                                     Coffee Shop. It is in the intimate
                                                                                                                                     restaurant high above the town

plate for foodies
                                                                                                                                     centre where diners can taste food
                                                                                                                                     prepared by top chefs who want
                                                                                                                                     to pass on a little of their passion
                                                                                                                                     for great food to a new generation.
                                                                                                                                          Those     fortunate     enough
                                                                                                                                     to secure a table at this hugely
                                                                                                                                     popular restaurant will find a
                                                                                                                                     superb menu planned, prepared
                                                                                                                                     and served by talented students on

Some of the region’s top chefs have been invited in
                                                                                                                                     one of the hospitality and catering
                                                                                                                                     courses at Stafford College.

to restaurants on the Stafford College campus, to
                                                                                                                                           In an exciting new initiative this year, the restaurant will play host to a number
                                                                                                                                     of visiting chefs. Each of these chefs has generously agreed to take charge of the

work alongside hospitality students in preparing fine
                                                                                                                                     kitchens during their visit, allowing students to learn by working alongside them.
                                                                                                                                          “Dishes on the menu at Earls are always prepared and served by our talented

dining experiences for local foodies.
                                                                                                                                     students under the guidance of our chef-lecturers,” said Louise Crompton
                                                                                                                                     of Stafford College. “On the day that you join us though, you might also be
                                                                                                                                     able to detect a little something extra, the influence of a top professional”.

                                                                                        Record numbers
   Student                                                                              choose college
   support                                                                              Young people are reported to be joining                                                      Facilities guaranteed to impress

   for hospice
                                                                                        courses at Stafford College in record numbers.                                               include:

                                                                                        The College has confirmed another year of                                                    • Industry-standard recording studios
                                                                                        escalating numbers at the campus, where                                                        perfect for anyone planning a
                                                                                                                                                                                       future in the music business
                                                                                        students can follow introductory, A-level and                                                • A superb centre for the arts, with
                                                                                        vocational courses, along with apprenticeships                                                 specially-designed workshops and
                                                                                        and degree courses.                                                                          • An outstanding Technology Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                       with state-of-the-art facilities for
      Students and staff rallied round to                                                    Students at the award-winning           and study centres, from the additional            anyone training in engineering,

      support classmates on the CACHE
                                                                                        college take advantage of a wider choice     support team, from the confidential               mechanics, construction or
                                                                                        of subjects and qualifications. “We          team, peer mentors and lecturers.                 construction plant.
      Level 3 in childcare, when they set                                               offer a mature learning environment              Students are also able to take part         • A sports hall providing a learning
      about raising money for the Mary
                                                                                        which suits more independent young           in a wide range of off-campus activities.         environment for people preparing
                                                                                        people,” explained vice principal Anne       Residential visits and field trips are            to work in sport and recreation as
      Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge.                                                   Piercy. “It’s a stepping-stone towards
                                                                                        university or the workplace, where we
                                                                                                                                     important parts of many courses, with
                                                                                                                                     study trips taking place in locations
                                                                                                                                                                                       well as exclusive membership for
                                                                                                                                                                                       students, whatever course they are
                                                                                        treat students like adults while providing   in Britain, Europe and the USA.                   studying.
           “One of the students on the CACHE course had a family member using the       bags of support and encouragement.”              “School leavers are always impressed        • Great restaurants, cafes and a
      hospice service and she wanted to do something to help,” explained lecturer            The support available at Stafford       when they first visit the campus,” said Anne      fairtrade coffee shop.
      Sheila Brown. “The class had lots of ideas of ways to raise money including       College has been acclaimed by students,      Piercy. “Excellent facilities are only one      • Stunning training spaces for hair
      car washing and cake sales on the campus. Somehow they also had energy            parents and inspectors. Students on full-    reason why someone chooses college but            and beauty students with an on-
      left over for a sponsored aerobics workout as well. We were very proud of the     time courses have weekly meetings            having spent £8 million in recent years, we       campus beauty academy and
      effort they put into the project, especially as it was for such a great cause.”   with their personal tutor, with progress     can certainly offer outstanding resources.”       dedicated training facilities at
           The students raised around £200 for the hospice.                             checks every six weeks to ensure that                                                          Francesco Group.
                                                                                        they are on target to succeed. Help and
                                                                                        advice is also provided in the libraries
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     sponsorship link
      College celebrates

      STAFFORD College stepped-in to sponsor
      Stafford’s first grand prix cycle race. Olympic
      cyclists pedalled the streets of Stafford in the
      race, which attracted thousands of supporters.
           Anne Piercy, vice principal of Stafford College, was waiting to congratulate the winner of the race which formed
      part of British Cycling’s National Elite Circuit Series. She said that the College was delighted to be part of the event:
           “It is an exciting first for the town and a night which to celebrate achievement, success and the fulfilment of potential. Like
      hundreds of our students sitting exams this summer, the cyclists will have worked hard for a chance to prove themselves, often at
      considerable personal sacrifice. Just to be in a position to take part in this event makes them all champions in my eyes and I can’t wait to
      see them race through the streets of Stafford. As sponsors, we are delighted to have helped bring this very special occasion to the town.”
           The town centre was closed to traffic for the event, which began with fun races and showcases for young cycle enthusiasts.
                                                                                                                                                     Anne Piercy, vice principal of Stafford College, is pictured right, being
                                                                                                                                                     interviewed on the podium before presenting race winner Ed Clancy with his prize

Applause for Training provider awarded
link with    preferred supplier
theatre      status by health care
A new link between Performing Arts
students and Stafford Gatehouse won                                                                  Training Solutions has been awarded preferred supplier status by Four Seasons
applause from audiences, with the first                                                              Health Care. As a result, the Stafford-based training specialist will carry out
performances providing a showcase                                                                    training for more than 800 care staff working in eight care homes in Staffordshire
opportunity among the end of year                                                                    and the Stafford Huntercombe Hospital.
productions staged by the students.                                                                      Four Seasons Health Care is one
                                                                                                    of the largest independent providers of
                                                                                                                                                     proposed training ranged from Level 2
                                                                                                                                                     NVQs in Health and Social Care and Care
                                                                                                                                                                                                were impressed by our standards of
                                                                                                                                                                                                customer service, by the ‘Outstanding’
    Students have the benefit of their own       may go on to work in a theatre environment         care services in the UK. The company             of Children and Young People through       grade for partnership working in our most
performance space on the campus and              and so it was a great experience for them,”        owns and operates over 400 nursing               to Foundation Degrees in Care Services.    recent Ofsted inspection and by the fact
enjoy staging productions in Tenterbanks         said lecturer Tara Symonds. “We had the            care homes for the elderly in addition                John Duggan, Employer Engagement      that they liked us and felt that our two
Theatre. For the first time this year though,    day at the Gatehouse, allowing the students        to the Huntercombe Group of private              Officer at Training Solutions, said        organisations could work well together.”
they collected their props and costumes          time to rehearse as well as perform on the         hospitals which look after patients with         that work had already begun to visit
and moved across to the Gatehouse Theatre        professional stage. They really enjoyed            mental health issues, addictions, acquired       the nursing homes and form a better
for a special Saturday night appearance.         it, as did the members of the audience.”           brain injuries and learning difficulties.        understanding of the training needs of
    “It was a fantastic opportunity and               The student actors are hoping to be                Known to demand very high standards         the people working there: “I asked what
we are really grateful to everyone at The        invited back for an encore performance             of its suppliers, Four Seasons Health Care       influenced Four Seasons Health Care
Gatehouse for making us so welcome.              in 2011.                                           issued invitations to tender for training
                                                                                                    services across the UK. The scope of the
                                                                                                                                                     to confer preferred supplier status on
                                                                                                                                                     Training Solutions. They said that they
Students on our Performing Arts courses

                                                  Stafford College - A centre for excellence
Emily makes
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                                                                                                                                               Praise from

a difference
                                                                                                                                               proud Newport
                                                                                                                                             Newport parent Maria Hogan was delighted with the progress that her daughter,
                                                                                                                                             Elizabeth, had made at college. With Elizabeth about to complete her A-levels, Maria
                                                                                                                                             wrote to principal Steve Willis to tell him how much her daughter had benefited
                                                                                                                                             from two years on the campus.
                                                                                                                                             With her permission, this is her letter:

                                                                                                                                                Dear Mr Willis                           provided wonderful pastoral care
                                                                                                                                                                                         and constant encouragement.
                                                                                                                                                     I could not let the academic year        I did not want to wait until my
                                                                                                                                                go by without bringing your attention    daughter receives her A-level results
                                                                                                                                                to the wonderful job your dedicated      to write this letter of thanks because
                                                                                                                                                staff are doing every day.               it is irrelevant what she achieves
                                                                                                                                                     It has taken some time for my       – to me she has already achieved
                                                                                                                                                daughter to enjoy education but after    so much with a complete change of
                                                                                                                                                completing two years at Stafford         attitude towards education. Needless
                                                                                                                                                College she has developed a genuine      to say, I hope she achieves wonderful
                                                                                                                                                thirst for learning, enjoyed being       grades after such a committed twelve
                                                                                                                                                with her peers and has found a           months.
                                                                                                                                                purpose in further education.                 I hope my thanks will be passed
                                                                                                                                                     Some of the credit for this must    on to the members of staff mentioned.
                                                                                                                                                go to lecturers Rosalind Kent, Alison
                                                                                                                                                Doran, Sharon Coleclough and             With much appreciation,
                                                                                                                                                Rebecca Stewart, who have not only
                                                                                                                                                guided her in her studies but who have   Maria G Hogan.

                                                                                                                                                  Elizabeth has been studying English Literature, English Language and Film Studies
Emily and her fellow students raised hundreds of pounds to help children in Botswana                                                         at Stafford College. She hopes to go on to study English Literature & Creative Writing
                                                                                                                                             in the beautiful setting of Falmouth.
Emily Church first visited                      along with her head of faculty.                with smart school clothes, toys and books

                                                                                                                                               Stafford College
Africa on holiday with her                           The results exceeded all her hopes,       we’ve helped to provide,” said Emily.
                                                with generous students raising £750                Emily will be continuing her studies
mother. While there, they visited

                                                                                                                                               student shines in
                                                through donations and cake sales.              at Stafford College in 2011 and hopes
an orphanage in Botswana and                    Lecturer Julian Maslin was among               to be able to raise even more money
were profoundly moved by the                    those impressed by her presentation:           before she completes her A-levels.

                                                                                                                                               contest for chefs
needs of the children they met,                 “Emily was very brave and she gave an
                                                enormously moving talk. We all admired
most of whom had lost parents                   her commitment and she motivated
to AIDS. The pair decided to do                 everyone to play a part in the fundraising.”
something practical to help and                      Students could see direct results                                                         Stafford College student Lia Hall,        fillet of sea bass and pork tenderloin
five years later, the Huntington                of their efforts, when Emily showed                                                            18, found success on a plate when         in their menus, other than that it was
                                                them photographs of children in the                                                            she impressed some of the region’s        down to their creativity and skill.
teenager has raised astonishing                 orphanage, holding clothes, equipment,                                                         top chefs in the finals of the 2010             At the end of the event the judges
sums of money to change the                     blankets and essentials purchased                                                              Taste of Staffordshire Young Chef of      named Lia runner-up in the main award.
lives of young people in need.                  with money raised on the campus.                                                               Tomorrow awards. The competition,         The student also won the food hygiene
                                                     “We do everything direct and know                                                         hosted in the College’s restaurant        award. Mentor Sam Dowle said that she
     This year Emily began AS Levels at
                                                that our money gets to where it is needed.                                                     kitchens, drew together talented          was delighted with Lia’s performance:
Stafford College, studying Psychology,
                                                A friend takes the money we send and                                                           young chefs, each of whom either          “It’s enormously stressful for any
English Literature, Art and Biology. She
                                                buys what the children need. She piles                                                         works or studies in Staffordshire.        chef and Lia did brilliantly. She’s got
hoped that fellow students might help
                                                everything into a Landrover and drives                                                              Lia was challenged to cook three     a great future ahead of her and we
her support the orphanage and began
                                                straight to the orphanage. It’s rewarding                                                      courses in just two hours. The judges     are all incredibly proud of what she’s
by making a PowerPoint presentation

New opportunities
                                                to see the children we have come to know,                                                      stipulated that the chefs must use        achieved in the           competition.”
to the members of her tutorial group,

for leisure time
Lots of brand new courses have been added to the range of fun,
fascinating and friendly courses offered in the Adult & Community
Guide published by Stafford College.
     Courses in this guide don’t tend to lead
to qualifications or involve exams – instead
                                                 Drumming for beginners                        low impact activity improves your flex-
                                                                                               ibility, agility, endurance and balance.
they lead to new interests and friendships.          “This course is suitable for begin-       Hooping tones the body and builds core
This year many old favourites are back –        ners, those with some experience and           strength. The hoops used are larger and
things like Bellydancing, Indian Cookery,       the advanced player wishing to develop         heavier than the traditional toy hoops and
Sugarcraft, and Sculpture. Alongside them,      new skills. Practice pads are provided         this makes waist hooping (hula hooping)
though, are some innovative new courses.        but bring your own drum sticks if you          much easier. From basic waist hooping the
We asked Glenys Coombs, of the Com-             have some. Don’t worry if not – these          class will learn how to move around and
munity Learning Unit at Stafford College,       will be available to purchase if required.”    use the hoop on other parts of the body,
to tell us a little about the new additions:                                                   allowing you to create your own hoop
                                                    Understanding social                       workout or hoop dance routine. Hoops are
        Sun Power Yoga                                 network sites                           supplied – just bring plenty of energy!”

      “Sun Power Yoga is an eclectic mix of         “Keep in touch with people liv-
three styles: dynamic hatha for alignment,      ing on the other side of the world or               Quick Easy Healthy
silvananda yoga for subtle mind and breath      the other side of the street. Get back in                 Meals
work and Ashtanga Vinyasa for heat, flex-       touch with lost friends and make new                “We think this will be really popular.
ibility and stamina. It was founded by          ones too. This course will also show you       It’s a short course, teaching you every-
Anne-Marie Newland who is one of the            how to share your photos and videos.”          thing you need to know to enable you to
UK’s leading Yoga Teacher Trainers. It is
                                                                                               produce tasty, nutritious meals wheth-
a flowing, power yoga to music that im-
proves strength and flexibility. It builds                    Hooping                          er you are cooking for one, feeding a
                                                    “Hooping is great fun, as we found         family or impressing friends. Classes
heat within the body and makes you sweat
                                                in the Community Learning Unit, when           combine demonstration and practi-
thus releasing toxins. This type of yoga
                                                we had a go! As we also discovered, it         cal cookery – you will leave each week
usually appeals to younger people, sports
                                                provides an intense cardio workout that        with a meal to take home and I think
people and those who like a good work-
                                                burns calories and increases fitness. This     you’ll soon kick the takeaway habit!”
out and want to improve their flexibility.”
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     Student musicians
     on track for festival fans
                                             Members of Dirty Cheats prepare for a busy summer of festival appearances. A line-up of College bands was booked to entertain music fans flocking to the V Festival at Weston Park

The live music experience started early                                                              Each year thousands of festival goers opt out of the
                                                                                                annual traffic jams on routes surrounding the site and
                                                                                                                                                                 a career in the music industry are offered at various levels,
                                                                                                                                                                 including the BTEC National Diploma (equivalent to three A
for visitors to the Festival, thanks to a                                                       take the train instead. A shuttle bus makes it a doddle to       Levels) and Foundation Degree.

partnership between Virgin Trains and
                                                                                                travel between the station and the festival site and for              “Colleges are great training-grounds for the next
                                                                                                the 2010 festival even the bus stop got funky, with live         generation of performers and artists,” said Mark Pursehouse.

Stafford College. Virgin invited talented                                                       performances for fans arriving and leaving the town.
                                                                                                     “We think this is a great idea,” said Mark Pursehouse,
                                                                                                                                                                 “A lot of bands form while members are in that very dynamic,
                                                                                                                                                                 creative environment. Young people hoping to get a break in
student musicians to entertain music                                                            who manages music and performing arts courses at Stafford
                                                                                                College. “It means that the entertainment starts the moment
                                                                                                                                                                 the music business very sensibly choose to get qualifications
                                                                                                                                                                 in a relevant subject like Music Technology. That gives them
fans at Stafford Station, the gateway                                                           visitors arrive in Stafford and there is a musical send-off      transferable skills, qualifies them to work in the industry or

to the V Festival at Weston Park. More
                                                                                                for people leaving the town at the end of the weekend.           go on to degree courses and of course, if they get signed to a
                                                                                                We’d like to thank Virgin Trains for creating a really good      label, it means they are very comfortable in a recording studio.”

than 90,000 people visited the festival,                                                        opportunity for some very talented young musicians to get
                                                                                                heard by serious fans. This year, they are playing for free.
                                                                                                                                                                      Alex Turner and Matt Helders both studied Music
                                                                                                                                                                 Technology at Barnsley College while gigging with their band,
with a line-up including Kasabian,                                                              Next year, they could be on the main stage at the festival.”
                                                                                                     The College attracts a lot of interest from musicians,
                                                                                                                                                                 Arctic Monkeys. Many of those studying Music and Music
                                                                                                                                                                 Technology at Stafford College are also in bands, some of
Mika, Cheryl Cole and Kings of Leon.                                                            thanks to its enviable suite of recording studios and pro-
                                                                                                standard facilities. Courses for people hoping to make
                                                                                                                                                                 which have already been signed.

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supportive advice it provides at events like Open Evenings. The college team also goes
on the road, taking advice to schools and careers events, into workplaces and exhibitions.
     Recognition under the Investors in People programme came for the
training and development opportunities which are available to everyone
working at the College. Training aims to improve the effectiveness of
individual members of staff within their role, whether teaching or support, and
is part of the College’s ongoing commitment to raising standards annually.
     The success of that mission to support achievement saw the College shine in
league tables measuring the success of students sitting A-levels and equivalent
qualifications completed in 2009. Out of 60 schools and colleges in Staffordshire,
Stafford College students came sixth overall earning the town centre college
recognition as the top-performing examination centre countywide, measured
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against other further education colleges and sixth forms in the state sector.
     “We are delighted by this performance,” said Stafford College principal
Stephen Willis. “This is one of the biggest centres in the County. To gain such              Steve Willis, principal of Stafford
                                                                                                                                                                Peace of mind childcare in a safe
excellent results across a very wide range of subjects studied is a measure of the           College, celebrating a year which                                        and secure nursery
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quality of teaching and learning on the campus and of the fact that students receive the     as well as success in government
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