STAFF and students at West Cheshire College celebrated winning an Edge accolade with a champagne tea.
The efforts of the vocational academy for hospitality and catering earned the college a Beacon Award in an initiative organised by the education foundation.
Jane Samuels, of Edge, travelled to Chester to present the award for practical teaching and practical learning in front of staff and students.
The award recognises the effective use of practical learning with an emphasis on meaningful and challenging courses that stretch and change the lives of students.
College principal Sara Mogel said: “We are delighted to have won this award and it’s great to have been able to have a celebration here at the college so staff and students can share in the success – it is hugely rewarding for them to receive public recognition of their hard work and accomplishment.
“We no longer differentiate between teaching and catering roles as all our staff work with learners in the kitchens, in the restaurant and behind the service counters.
“Entry level learners to professional chefs produce food for sale in the college restaurants and service areas.”