10 Oct 2019
The excellence of Lewisham College’s mental health and wellbeing services has been recognised with a highly prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Commendation in the AoC Beacon Awards 2019-20.
The Beacon Commendation is given by the AoC to highlight outstanding innovation, impact and sustainability in further education colleges across the UK in different spheres. This year, the Beacon Award commendations were chosen from among around 140 applications.
Lewisham College has won the honour for its commitment to supporting students’ mental health and wellbeing, and the innovative programmes it has put in place over the past few years.
The College’s ‘Be Well, Do Well’ campaign, which has been running for three years, has been very successful in raising awareness of mental health issues and tackling any perceived stigma head-on.
It has also introduced an online questionnaire for students which helps to build a picture of how each student is feeling about different aspects of their life and flag up any issues early on. To date, over 1,000 students have engaged with the questionnaire and hundreds have been successfully referred to counselling and other services.
Wellbeing Officer Roger Price commented: “We are delighted to have this recognition of the work we are doing across the College to support students experiencing difficulties. The programmes we’ve put in place make all the difference to the wellbeing of our students, helping them to cope with exam stress and other issues, and changing negative behaviours which have often been preventing them from realising their true potential.”
13 Sep 2019
It is business as usual for the 999 Club on Wednesday morning as those in need drop into its day centre for support.
The centre on Deptford Broadway is open on weekdays from 9am-12pm for the homeless to have breakfast, read the paper and get online. The charity takes in visitors in various situations, from rough sleepers to sofa surfers, providing services to help them get back on their feet. And its good work will be continuing for at least another three years after the charity received a whopping £412,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Dean, a recent user of 999's night shelter, is no longer homeless and will be moving into a new flat in just a few days.
“I’m back on the ladder now. It’s taken a while but it’s been worth it.
“It’s been brilliant. [The 999 Club] has got some really lovely members of staff. You can tell they want to take the time to help you out.”
Dean has built a full-length mirror from an old wardrobe door
During his time with the charity, Dean has taken part in an art project in conjunction with the V&A.
The project sees eight people who have used the Night Shelter create pieces of furniture they can use in their own homes out of donated recycled material from a workshop at Lewisham College.
Proudly displaying his new “throne” complete with a vegan leather cushion and full-length mirror which has been carved from a wardrobe door, Dean says: “Once it’s finished I can feel quite proud that I’ve done it all myself.”
After the exhibition at the London Design Festival on September 22, he plans to move the furniture into his new flat.
Asfa Sohail, Principal, says:“I’m so pleased that we have been able to contribute to this project. Lewisham College is a true community resource – not only are we providing teaching and training that are so needed in the area, but we reach out to local stakeholders to share our space and expertise whenever we can. This is an exciting project which highlights the need for sustainable, repurposed furniture and also provides the service users with some very useful skills.”
09 Sep 2019
Today is the first day of the new term at the College we were busy welcoming new students, showing them to their induction classrooms and introducing them to their tutors.
This week students will be taking part in some fun activities which serve as ‘ice-breakers’ to help them get to know their classmates better. There are also some more serious things to get to grips with like learning the room numbers, meeting learning centre staff and logging into their email accounts.
Vice Principal, Patrick Leonard, said: “It has been great getting to meet our new students, reassuring them and getting them to the right classrooms. All the nervousness has now turned to smiles, it didn’t take long for them to settle into the new term”
Next week students will start on their study programmes in earnest, on a regular timetable.
It is not too late to enrol – we have a reduced course offer still available – see our Sort it for September page for details.
29 Aug 2019
Lewisham College is welcoming school leavers and adults to Enrolment up until 7 September, so if you’d like to take your first step towards your dream career, there’s no time like the present!
The College, which is ranked within the top 3 in the capital, offers work-focused courses which are specially designed to prepare you for an exciting career in your chosen sector. Achieving 100% success rates in many courses, the College offers a friendly, supportive community, industry-standard facilities and – through our network of business partners – great work experience opportunities as an integral part of every course.
We still have spaces on programmes in a range of fascinating subjects such as Business, IT and Sport at our main Lewisham Way campus, and Painting and Decorating and Carpentry at our specialist construction academy at Deptford Bridge. If you’re a school leaver and achieved lower GCSE grades than you hoped for, we can still help you get on the path to success. With us, you can start on a course at the right level to suit you and study for your English and maths qualifications alongside your chosen subject. We’re also experts in helping adult learners get back into education, whether you want to train for a new career or find a job after a period of unemployment.
To enrol with us, just come along to our Lewisham Way campus which will be open for Enrolment every day up until Saturday 7 September (except 31 August and 1 September). You’ll need to bring along your ID, exam result slips or certificates and (if you’re 19+) details of any loans or financial assistance you’ll be applying for. Members of our Student Support team will be on-hand to advise you on financial support and loans. Enrolment for all courses (including our Construction courses based at Deptford campus) will take place at our Lewisham Way campus, SE4, which is within easy reach by train, DLR or bus.
Find out more about Enrolment at Lewisham College and browse our courses.
23 Aug 2019
Lewisham College students have scooped great results in their GCSE exams, opening the door for further study and employment.
With many having originally failed to get their English and maths GCSEs at school, re-sitting the exams in the College environment has proved a great way of gaining these all-important qualifications. This year, many students have achieved passes in English, maths and science, which will enable them to move on to higher level courses and make them more attractive to employers across all sectors.
The students’ achievements are particularly impressive because they have studied English and maths GCSE alongside the demands of their chosen vocational programme. Lewisham College offers courses across a huge range of subject areas from Catering to Construction and Early Years to Sport.
This year’s GCSE exams – which are now graded 9-1 instead of the old A*-G grades – have been tougher than ever, but that hasn’t stopped students at Lewisham College from achieving the high grades.
Asfa Sohail, Principal of Lewisham College, comments: “I am so proud of all our students who achieved their GCSEs. At Lewisham College we aim to make learning these subjects fun and interactive, and students often surprise themselves by enjoying their English and maths classes. These qualifications will enable our students to get that all-important first job or move on to further study and even higher education.”
Fenella Coppock (pictured below) secured amazing results a 6 in Spanish, 7-7 in combined science, 7 in Psychology and 5 in Maths – she is delighted with her results
Kelly Horne, (below), is extremely pleased with a 6 in English Language which will enable her to move forward with her qualifications.
24 Jun 2019
On Monday 24 June, Level 3 Business Administration students from Lewisham College supported by their course tutor Michael Armoogum, put on an employment rights and responsibilities event for other students at the college. The students have completed units on Personal Rights & Responsibilities and Organising an Event during their course and decided that their project would consist of a large-scale event opened up to the whole college.
19 Jun 2019
Jack Tombs, who is studying Sport at Lewisham College, was runner up at the Kent County RFU Young Rugby Ambassador of the Year award in recognition of his hard work and dedication as a volunteer. Jack was presented with the Award by ex-England rugby captain Jeff Probyn at the Volunteer Awards Dinner, which was held on 6 June.
The Young Rugby Ambassador award is given to a club member who has driven the core values of rugby within their community.
05 Apr 2019
Lewisham College held a special event to mark National Autism Week on Wednesday 3 April, celebrating the achievements of students who are on the autistic spectrum, and the contribution they make to the rich life of the College, as well as the issues they face.
18 Feb 2019
Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford, will visit Lewisham College as guest of honour at its apprenticeships and careers fair on Monday 4 March. Marking the beginning of the 12th National Apprenticeships Week, the fair will kick-off five days of activities across both Lewisham College and its sister institution Southwark College.
16 Oct 2018
Avid student readers and our Learning Centre staff were delighted to have bagged the Gold Award in the annual Reading Ahead Challenge - if this were not good enough, we ranked 5th in the country and are only the second college in the list.
- October 2019
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- Students host employment rights conference
- Avid Readers get their reward from the Lewisham Mayor
- Student Awards 2019: celebrating our students’ achievements
- Students take the initiative to support Lewisham Foodbank
- Student Summer Fair 2019 a great success
- Sports student named Young Rugby Ambassador!
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