STAFF and students at Mid-Cheshire College are celebrating after being awarded the highest accolade in the world of further education.
The college has just been awarded Learning & Skills Beacon status, cementing its position as one of the most highly-regarded colleges in the country. College principal John Reilly is delighted by the news.
He said: “This has been a wonderful year for Mid-Cheshire College. After being judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted back in November we are thrilled to have been selected as one of the latest Beacon colleges.
“I am particularly pleased for the staff who have worked tirelessly over the past few years to transform the fortunes of Mid-Cheshire College. They fully deserve this accolade.”
The college received its latest award at a glittering ceremony at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London attended by the new Minister for Further Education Kevin Brennan. Only 12 institutions were selected out of the whole country.
“The people of Northwich now have two post-16 Beacons serving their town, with Sir John Deane’s College having achieved Beacon status back in 2006,” said Mr Reilly.
“It should be very reassuring for local people to know that their children will have access to high-quality education and training all across the locality, whether they opt for A levels or a vocational programme.
“There are very few towns in England where this is the case.”