Hartlepool College wins award for learning excellence

Mike Rowe, Jackie Paylor and Karin Herbener from Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Mike Rowe, Jackie Paylor and Karin Herbener from Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Staff and students at a Hartlepool college are celebrating scooping a prestigious award for services to students.

At the annual Celebration of Learning Awards 2015 in Newcastle, Hartlepool College of Further Education won the Excellence in the Provision of Access to HE Diplomas category.

The awards, organised by Peterlee-based quality assurance and accreditation provider, One Awards, celebrate the life-changing achievements by learners, both individuals and organisations, across the North East.

Keynote speaker was Dr Richard Spencer MBE, finalist at the inaugural Global Teacher of the Year and a passionate advocate of lifelong learning.

Through the personal stories of its nominees and winners, the Celebration of Learning Awards demonstrated how learning new skills - at all ages and for all abilities – has transformed and enriched people’s lives. Excellent tutors and course providers were also recognised at the event.

The citation for Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “Most of the team members were new to access and excelled in their implementation of robust systems related to assessment, internal moderation and standardisation.

“This success has provided very good experiences for the students, as well as sound preparation for higher education in the future. The team has been very well managed and supported by senior members of the college staff.”

Louise Morritt, Chief Executive Officer of One Awards says: “We started the Celebration of Learning Awards in 2009 because we were so impressed at the determination, commitment and triumphs of learners of all abilities and ages over the years and we wished their achievements to be recognised.

“We have also recognised many of our fantastic learning providers and talented tutors who go the extra mile to inspire their students.

“All our nominees and winners this year have demonstrated how much of a positive difference learning has made.”