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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.

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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

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Kelly Horne, (below), is extremely pleased with a 6 in English Language which will enable her to move forward with her qualifications.

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16 Jul 2019

A ‘College for its Community’ was the phrase on everyone’s lips at the official launch event held on 12 July. Vicky Foxcroft, MP the guest of honour was on hand to reveal a plaque commemorating the evening.

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02 Jul 2019

Rosa Ndong Osa and Helen Elizabeth Garcia, both studying ESOL GCSE at Lewisham College, have co-written a ground-breaking drama which is being performed to mark the fifth anniversary of the fatal stabbing of James Hunter in Sydenham.

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01 Jul 2019

Sabastina Agyapong, who is studying a Health and Social Care diploma at Lewisham College, scooped first prize in the Maths and English GCSE Poster Competition, which aimed to improve attendance by promoting the all-important exam dates.

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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.

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24 Jun 2019

Proud students from Lewisham College and Southwark College, and readers from local libraries gathered at the Deptford Lounge on Wednesday 19 June to celebrate.

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24 Jun 2019

Lewisham College held its annual Student Awards 2019 on Thursday 20 June, celebrating the hard work and dedication of our learners who have ‘gone the extra mile’.

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24 Jun 2019

Level 2 Business students at Lewisham College have donated £375 cash and around £400 worth of essential supplies to Lewisham Foodbank, having run a campaign to encourage their fellow students to support the programme.

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19 Jun 2019

Summer’s finally here – even if the sun isn’t always shining – and Lewisham College celebrated in style at its Summer Fair on Wednesday 19 June.

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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.

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17 May 2019

Students and staff enjoyed a visit from the local policing team today, as officers brought a wide range of leaflets, promotional items and also some hats/helmets for visitors to try on for themselves.

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10 May 2019

Students at Lewisham College have joined forces with learners from other London colleges for a high level programme aimed at reducing the devastating knife crime which has become a daily reality in the lives of young people.

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24 Apr 2019

Lewisham College was an early adopter of CISCO Networking Academy, setting it up in 1999, in dedicated rooms on the IT floor. Since then, thousands of students have been through the academy, allowing them access to some of the best Networking Technology jobs available.

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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.

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27 Mar 2019

Sports students from Lewisham College came out in force to support the Vitality Big Half Marathon on Sunday 10 March, with 22 students volunteering their time to ensure that the event was a huge success.

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14 Mar 2019

Lewisham College has announced the appointment of a new Principal, marking an exciting new era for the institution.

Asfa Sohail, who was previously Vice Principal of Havering College of Further and Higher Education, took up the post of Principal of Lewisham College on 4 February.

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05 Mar 2019

In proud partnership with DWP Employer Engagement Team, The Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair welcomed students, local employers and Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham residents interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and jobs in the Borough.

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01 Mar 2019

On 1 March, 29 sport students were awarded with certificates to recognise their excellent attendance both on their subject based classes and also maths and English lessons.

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27 Feb 2019

Hospitality and Catering students at Lewisham College proudly returned from their work experience placements last week, managing to put all the skills and theory they’ve learnt into practice.

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Vicky Foxcroft and Vanessa Packham National Apprenticeship Week 2019

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.

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31 Jan 2019

For many years we have welcomed and supported students with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities, so World Autism Week is something we are keen to participate in.

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10 Dec 2018

We’re proud of our leading role in ‘Learning for Life’, a new video produced by ITN Productions which highlights the huge value of Further Education (FE) for society and our economy.

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06 Dec 2018

This Autumn, multiple classes of ESOL students took part in a scheme designed to get more local people into the Tower of London to enjoy this amazing attraction.

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06 Dec 2018

Lewisham and Southwark Colleges have new Principals at the helm following a double appointment.

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15 Nov 2018

Lewisham College have launched Bell Group’s tenth painting and decorating academy in the UK, offering painting and decorating and multi-trade students the hands-on experience to succeed in the industry.

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02 Nov 2018

Budding writers got an insight into what goes into writing a successful book when author Beverly Ramsay made a special visit to Lewisham College on 1 November.

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17 Oct 2018

For students studying Level 3 qualifications at Lewisham Southwark College, results have been a huge success for the second year in a row. Meaning that 94% of...

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17 Oct 2018

Councillor Joe Dromey visited Lewisham College on the morning of 17 October to meet Deputy Principal David White during Colleges Week and was happy to get involved with the Association of College's Love our Colleges Campaign.

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17 Oct 2018

Our Graduation Day 2018 took place on the 11th July and we want to say a big congratulations to our graduates! Have a look at our slideshow of photos from the evening!

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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.

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01 Oct 2018

NCG has today announced that Lewisham Southwark College is to be rebranded as two separate Colleges; Lewisham College and Southwark College.

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16 Jul 2018

Lewisham Southwark Students strut their stuff at this year's Fashion Show

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16 Aug 2018

Lewisham Southwark College students were enjoying Fresher’s activities this week with a range of clubs, societies and teams vying for attention. This year’s students also got the chance to saddle up on the smoothie bike, plus a range of other activities.

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