AccRoss wins national education award

Accrington and Rossendale College has won Outstanding BTEC School/College of the Year 2015 at the National BTEC Awards.

BTEC awardThe awards recognise the nearly one million students and centres around the country that are studying or providing BTEC qualifications this year. Pearson, who own BTECs, received more than 800 nominations across the 20 award categories for this year’s Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the awards were hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. Ahead of the awards ceremony, the winners, their family, friends and nominators attended a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons.

Rated outstanding by Ofsted, Accrington and Rossendale College (AccRoss) provides a full range of qualifications, including BTECs, BTEC apprenticeships, A-Levels and degree courses to learners of all ages in East Lancashire and beyond.

To provide real industry experience, the college partners with employers including the BBC, Joma, SuperBreak, Blackburn Rovers and the Army Careers Service and many of its teaching staff are dual professionals - within the teaching body are senior cabin crew, West End performers, TV actors, professional sports athletes and the director of the Pennine Film Festival.

AccRoss’ learner outcomes are excellent; 98% of students progress to higher education or employment.

The judges described AccRoss as an outstanding college that works hard to ensure that its BTEC qualifications meet the aspirations of its learners and the needs of future employers.

Becky Tootell, director of quality, on behalf of Accrington and Rossendale College, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be named as the BTEC Centre of the Year. This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and our students.

"We achieved this by recruiting industry leading staff, providing innovative packages of BTEC qualifications which equip our learners for the workplace and through our excellent links with local, regional and national employers."