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December 2018 - We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Student Governor, Sophie Hemsley.

Sophie joined Newbury College from The Clere in Burghclere, in September 2017 to study L1 Catering and Hospitality, driven by a passion for catering from an early age and impressed by the industry standard training kitchen at the College.

In December 2018, now working towards her Level 3 in Catering and Hospitality, Sophie was appointed Student Governor. “As a Student Governor I provide student insight, working together with the staff to generate ideas and feedback a student perspective. I meet with the College Governors to discuss the agenda for the term, and I have an opportunity to give feedback from the student council, which I chair. It is good to know our student voice is heard and I am privileged to have been chosen to represent the students amongst the governors.”

We asked Sophie to tell us about a typical day at Newbury College

08:00 - Arrive at College and head to The Street Diner for a Starbucks to kick start the day. I tend to get into the Restaurant early and begin polishing the cutlery ready for service.
09:00 - I pop out for a Maths lesson for an hour and then head back to the Restaurant to help set-up the tables, stock the fridges and polish the glasses.
10:00 - Tasks rotate every week; either cooking or front-of-house, this ensures we get experience of all aspects of catering and hospitality. Today I’m in the kitchen, its December so we’re cooking Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. All items are prepared from scratch.
12:00 - Service starts. We plate the food ready for the waiting staff, serving between 30-50 people per sitting. Once we finish in the kitchen we go and help front-of-house with clean down.
15:30 - I head home and have a rest before starting work.
I work 4 times a week as a chef at a local pub and love the fact that I have actual experience within my course. It has made it a lot easier to adapt to life in a professional kitchen.

A little bit of royalty
Sophie is also a Pearly Princess, and having celebrated her 18th birthday, takes the title of Pearly Queen in 2019.

December 2018 - Lynne Stafford of Thatcham received an extra special festive surprise this week, when she heard she was the winner of the Newbury College wordsearch featured in the Newbury Weekly News Christmas Guide. She was delighted to hear that she had won £30 worth of vouchers, towards a part-time course at Newbury College.

Lynne commented, "It was a real surprise to have won the competition, as a childminder I often do the puzzles with the children but this is the first time I’ve won. I am looking forward to browsing the options and trying something new in 2019”.

We have a huge range of one-day courses starting from just £30 and 100s of part-time courses including ballroom dancing, drawing techniques, Microsoft Office for beginners, nutrition for physical activity, business administration and bookkeeping. To find out more, search here

Over 40 businesses took part in the annual West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair at Newbury College on Wednesday 7th November, providing an opportunity for organisations to network and showcase their employment opportunities to students and jobseekers.
As well as meeting with the exhibitors and discovering the opportunities available, visitors to the fair were also able to obtain advice on apprenticeships, tips for successful job hunting and attend 1-2-1 CV workshops with Adviza.

Dawnus Construction, who are currently building the Highwood Copse Primary School at Newbury College’s Monks Lane campus and medical technologies company, Stryker, also offered interactive workshops covering the employment opportunities within STEAM industries from the College’s Engineering Solutions Laboratory.
Participating organisations included a wide range of employers and training providers including local universities, Vodafone, Metro Bank, BUPA, Sovereign, Mencap, WBTC, Healthwatch, Berkshire Labels, AWE, Roc Technologies and many more.

Annie Danielli, Junior Marketing Manager, Roc Technologies, said: “The West Berkshire Work & Careers Fair is a great opportunity to promote your business, network with other local organisations and find the perfect candidate for your latest role. Roc Technologies was delighted to be a part of the event.”

As well as jobseekers looking for full & part-time job opportunities, Newbury College students and pupils from local secondary schools also attended the event to explore their future career options. “Supporting businesses and ensuring that local people are well trained to meet the needs of those businesses, is central to what the College is about. The campus is a fantastic location for exhibitions and events that engage with existing students, local schools and other members of the community,” said Iain Wolloff, Newbury College Principal. “Our aim is to inspire and support informed choices for young people and for all those looking to develop their careers. Anyone seeking further careers advice is welcome to book an appointment with our impartial Careers Advice team. We want to extend our thanks to all of the organisations involved in making the event a success.”

Exhibitors enjoyed an opportunity to network over a complimentary business breakfast, sponsored by Local Buzz magazine, before the main event opened to the public, supported by Job Centre Plus, West Berkshire Council and West Berkshire Skills and Enterprise Partnership.
Register your interest in exhibiting at next year’s Work and Careers Fair, alongside the majority of exhibitors who said they would be returning, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sky Curtis, who studied Music Technology for three years at Newbury College, has been awarded The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, by the University of Portsmouth. The scholarship is awarded to students who achieve very high grades for their Level 3 qualification.

Music Technology tutor, Matthew Foster said, “Sky is an exceptional student who excelled in all areas of our Level 3 Music Tech course and gained a 100% grade on the awarding body's results system. Her practical and technical skills were matched with excellent academic abilities and I was sad to see her go at the end of the last academic year.”

Sky commented, "I’m extremely happy to have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. This is in no small part due to the dedication of my tutor, Matt Foster, and the music technology subject team at Newbury College. Thanks to the College’s support and their belief in my future aspirations. This award will make a big difference in my ability to further my music technology education."

Newbury College offers a wide range of Music, Media and Dance courses with full time Music Technology courses at Level 2 and Level 3. To find out more, visit the College Open Event on, Tuesday 6 November between 4pm - 8pm or explore the courses page.

Former and current staff, governors and students of Newbury College attended a special event on 04 Thursday 2018 for the opening of an exhibition celebrating 70 years of the further education provider.

The exhibition, which showcases the history of Newbury College through stories, photographs, news articles and memorabilia, was attended by a host of invited guests including Dr Anne Murdoch OBE, former Principal from 2001 to 2018, Jan Cover, Mayor of Thatcham and Tony Allen, former Chair and member of the Corporation from 1997 to 2015.

Former Newbury College alumni also joined in with the celebrations and provided memorabilia for a special cabinet of curiosities, including Mrs Elkins, who studied with the College in 1953 and Roly Wise, who started his Newbury College journey as an apprentice before enjoying a long and successful career within the engineering department.

Iain Wolloff, Principal, said: “It’s wonderful to look back and celebrate the rich tradition that Newbury College has had shaping education and training in West Berkshire and it is equally as important that we build on this as we look to the future. Our work with employers, the building of Highwood Copse Primary School and our plans for a university centre will ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our community.”

The exhibition is open to the public throughout October at the West Berkshire Museum and will be rehomed at the Newbury College campus on Monks Lane for the remainder of the year.

Newbury College is still looking for stories from people in the local area who have fond memories of their involvement with the College, and would like anyone who would like to share their experience to visit the exhibition or their website at

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Students on the Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning, a higher education course offered in partnership with the University of Reading, have rated Newbury College 100% in the National Student Survey for the third year in a row.

The Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning is delivered over two years, with the option to progress to the BA for a work-based programme at the University of Reading.

There are still spaces available for the 2018/19 academic year. To apply, please visit the course information page or call 01635 845000.

The 70th anniversary celebrations at Newbury College were officially launched today as Principal Iain Wolloff spoke to That's Thames Valley (Freeview channel 7) appealing for stories from students and staff, past and present, to include in a special exhibition at West Berkshire Museum.

Iain spoke to That's Thames Valley's Ali Monjack about the history of Newbury College, established in 1948 as the Newbury Institute of Further Education, one of the first colleges nationally to offer further education. The college has had a long and fascinating history, facing radical changes in education and a cross-town relocation, whilst remaining at the heart of the local community and continuing to meet the needs of students and local employers.

Today, Newbury College continues to work closely with local employers to ensure we offer the relevant skills and qualifications that people in West Berkshire and North Hampshire require and looking towards the future by sponsoring a new primary school and continuing to expand and support both further and higher education in the area.

The exhibition of Newbury College’s history will be on display at the West Berkshire Museum from 03 October 2018, and we hope to get lots of interesting stories from former students and staff members as we celebrate 70 years shaping the future of Newbury.

If you have any pictures and stories of your time at Newbury College, whether you studied at the old or current campus, we would love to hear from you. Please send your stories to: Newbury College 70, Freepost, Monks Lane, Newbury RG14 7BR or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



A fantastic collaboration by a group of music technology students at Newbury College has resulted in ‘Snow’ this summer as their debut single, of the same name, hits Spotify. The students, who have completed their Extended Diploma, have been working in the college recording studio to record and mix two original recordings for their end-of-year skills project.

The songs have been written by Rhys Clements and have been performed, recorded and mixed by Rhys and fellow students Sky Curtis, Robin Nutley, Lauren Peters and Tegan O'Connell Dorward. The aim of the skills project is to stretch our students and give them the opportunity to produce a vocationally relevant product at the end of their course.

"The Music Technology Extended Diploma students have been fantastic this year," said Matt Foster, the course leader. "They have really developed as studio engineers and music producers and enjoyed working independently in the studio to produce this skills project."
You can listen to the singles; Snow and Different on the Newbury College website where you can also enrol now for full-time Music Technology courses.


Students and staff at Newbury College welcomed former Team GB Sprinter, Mark Richardson, to officially open its new gym and wellbeing facility on Thursday 17 May 2018.

Councillor David Fenn, Mayor of Newbury, joined the Berkshire based athlete to formally cut the ribbon on the new facility, which is supported by Sport England.

Newbury College Sport Maker, Louise Neil, said, “This new facility has been created to provide all students with the opportunity to participate in physical fitness and wellbeing activities that complement the already extensive programme of sports-based activities we offer through the college enrichment programme.”

Following the official opening of the gym, Mark Richardson gave students an inspirational talk and presentation about his athletic career and achievements. Richardson, along with his teammates Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch and Roger Black, set a world record for the 4 x 400m relay during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and has achieved an impressive two gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals across different solo and team events throughout his career.

Newbury College hopes that the new facility, which has had specially adapted and accessible equipment installed, will be very popular with students of all abilities, engaging both mainstream and high needs students in improving their wellbeing through physical activity.

Do you want to know what it's like working at Newbury College?

Newbury College Sports Maker, Louise Neil, was recently interviewed for a feature on the Association of Colleges Jobs website

Louise, who has a degree in Sport Development, was asked about her career progression, from working at Aldershot Town FC and NCS to taking on her current role at Newbury College. She also spoke about the personal skills and attributes that someone needs to work in a similar career, including some of the memorable and challenging moments she has sometimes faced delivering such a wide range of enrichment activities at the college.

"The variation in my role, the freedom to engage with everyone and a very friendly college with a great community." were just a few of the many positives that Louise highlighted in her interview, as well as the recent LGBT pride events and educational visits.

What does Louise find most challenging? Read the full interview to find out.