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We are extremely proud of our Animal Care students, whose environmental conservation project at Rushmere Country Park has been rewarded with a prestigious Jane Goodall Gold Award.

Since beginning their course in September, the students have been hard at work at Rushmere, taking up bramble, silver birch and other plants so that heather is able to grow. Heather is an important part of the habitat of the endangered nightjar bird, and Rushmere Country Park are hopeful that our students’ impressive labour will contribute to the increase of this species in the area. Having undertaken observations at the beginning of the project, our students will return to the park to review how their work has progressed.

The students were delighted to win the award, with one student commenting, “The awards ceremony was such a special experience. Meeting Jane Goodall was really inspirational and she is so intelligent. It was a great chance to share the work we’d done and to hear about other people’s projects. To know that Jane Goodall had seen our work was incredible.”

Only 13 projects out of 2000 entries were chosen for the Gold award nationally and Animal Care lecturer Lynda Morris is thrilled that this extraordinary achievement has boosted her students’ self-belief, noting, “At least two of the students who were involved in this award-winning project are now thinking about applying for university – it’s aspirational.”

Other students on the course are planning to move onto a Level 3 course or an apprenticeship. “My dream is to be a veterinary nurse,” one student shared.

Well done to all the students involved in this worthwhile project.


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London 23 February 2018: Central Bedfordshire College has won the Professional Services Team of the Year initiative award at the annual TES FE Awards 2018.






The TES FE Awards celebrate and reward the dedication, expertise and hard work of the individuals and teams who make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners.

These awards are a prestigious and exciting opportunity to recognise achievement in further education, and Central Bedfordshire College are incredibly proud of their Student Services Team for their success as ‘Professional Services Team of the Year 2018’.


Creating an environment where students feel safe, supported and empowered has been at the heart of the work of Central Bedfordshire College’s student services team. 

The wraparound services of the team have helped to deliver significant and tangible improvements in student performance – with 96 per cent of graduating students progressing to higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

A collaborative approach between the student services, academic and senior management teams has resulted in a culture where 94 per cent of students reported feeling safe at College. There has also been a 3 per cent drop in reported cases of bullying since last year.

The student services team has tackled some difficult topics by providing a safe and empowering forum for debate, contributing to a culture of understanding and tolerance.

The team uses its extensive local knowledge to help to protect students from radicalisation, in accordance with the government’s Prevent strategy, and a social mobility strategy ensures that equality of opportunity is promoted throughout the college.

Achievement gaps between different student groups have been eliminated through careful monitoring and appropriate interventions, with more students now succeeding at higher levels of achievement.

The judges felt that the college’s entry was “very powerful”. “The importance of the service that the team provides is clear through the range of evidence provided,” they said.

Central Bedfordshire College are ecstatic that the support provided by the Student Services Team has been recognised on a National level by TES FE and extends thanks to all of those who consistently strive to create and maintain an exemplary environment for local students to enjoy.


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Winners attended a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by the comic and actor Alan Davies, where more than 800 attendees celebrated and showcased the most exciting ideas, the best practice and the most inspiring teaching and leadership to be found in the further education sector.

This year’s categories and winners are as follows:


  1. Lifetime achievement: Jill Westerman, Northern College
  2. Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment: Basingstoke College of Technology
  3. Employer engagement: Stephenson College
  4. Support for learners: Kirklees College
  5. Contribution to the local community: Elatt
  6. Best teaching and learning initiative: Barking and Dagenham College
  7. Professional services team of the year: Central Bedfordshire College
  8. Apprenticeship programme of the year: Busy Bees Training Academy
  9. Assessor of the year: Keith Haynes, Bedford College Group
  10. Teacher of the year: Alison Scattergood, East Durham College
  11. FE leader of the year: Lowell Williams, Dudley College of Technology
  12. FE college of the year: Fareham College
  13. Training provider of the year: HIT Training
  14. Sixth-form college of the year: Birkenhead Sixth Form College
  15. Adult and community learning provider of the year: Lancashire Adult Learning
  16. Specialist provider of the year: Foxes Academy
  17. Overall FE provider of the year: Foxes Academy




For more coverage of the awards, profiles of the winners and photographs from the evening, please visit or pick up a copy of Tes magazine, available in newsagents from 2 March. For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information regarding Central Bedfordshire College, the Student Services Team and their achievement please contact Megan Cox, Head of Marketing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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