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On Sunday 14 August, West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club held its annual Classic Vehicle Show in the grounds of Newbury College. Now in its 24th year, the event attracted over 4,000 visitors and featured many different exhibits ranging from a rare 1905 Fiat Fraschini, an AEC coach, to modern day classics such as the Ford Escort.

Funds raised from the event are donated to the blood cancer charity Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).

West Berks Classic Vehicle Club Chairman, Mike Kent, said: “In the 24 years the show has been running, it has raised a total of almost £129,000 to help with the fight to beat blood cancers.

“We could not do this without the support of the club members, our supporters and Newbury College. Thank you for allowing us to use your wonderful venue. We were blessed with fine weather on the day and everyone had a great time.”

Newbury College Contracts Manager, Steve Long, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to once again host this important fundraiser for West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club. It was great to see so many people enjoy the classic vehicles on display and have our extensive grounds used for such a worthy cause.”

The total amount raised at this year's show was approximately £12,200. This includes a donation of £425 raised by Newbury Radio Control Car Club, who held races in the sports hall.

Click here for more information on West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club. Click here for more information on Newbury Radio Control Car Club.

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Newbury College is one of four further education colleges in the UK to achieve a 100% student satisfaction rating in this year’s National Student Survey.

The survey was undertaken by over 300,000 students across the UK from 155 higher education institutions, 190 further education colleges and 13 alternative providers. The survey takes place each year and the results, announced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today, help universities and colleges further improve the education service they provide.

Commenting on the results, Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Anne Murdoch said: “We are delighted to be one of four further education colleges to score highly in terms of student satisfaction. The result, which surpasses this year’s benchmarked score of 88%, is testament to our hard work and determination and supports our aim to provide an outstanding level of further and higher education in the West Berkshire area.”

More data and details of the results can be viewed on the HEFCE website.

The other three colleges were Richmond Adult Community College, St. Mary’s College in Blackburn and Trafford College.

Read more on this story in the Times Education Supplement (TES).

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Newbury College is holding a series of advice clinics and a specific post A Level/Level 3 guidance event at its campus on Monks Lane this summer, where members of its Information, Advice and Guidance team will be on hand to answer questions. The dates are:

Thursday 18 August, 11am to 4pm – A-level results day advice clinic

Monday 22 August, 11am to 4pm – Post A-level/Level 3 guidance event

Thursday 25 August, 11am to 4pm – GCSE results day advice clinic

Friday 26 August, 10am to 12:30pm – GCSE results day advice clinic

At the post A-level/Level 3 guidance event on Monday 22 August, students can find out about options for higher education courses, as well as obtain information and view the current opportunities for apprenticeships. Apprenticeships combine paid employment with on-the-job training and offer the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

All of the sessions are free to attend. The College is also open every day throughout the summer holidays for queries or advice on all courses starting in September.

Newbury College today hosted its annual technology project presentation event, where over 90 students demonstrated their skills. The event was supported by many local technology companies, including Williams F1, Xtrac, TOPCON and Blatchfords, who all have engineering apprentices currently studying at the college.

Projects on display included a football training machine, designed and built by Domingos Furtado a Level 3 Electronics student, a three-wheeled go-kart, built and used by Chris Pointing, a Level 3 mechanical diploma student and a production/test facility designed by Andrew McCutcheon, a Level 4 mechanical engineering student.

Steven Hibbert, test and support engineer from Williams F1 and former Newbury College student, who opened the proceedings, said: “It has been a great day.  The quality of the students work and projects they have produced is fantastic.  The teaching staff remain excellent in their approach and support of the students, I can personally recommend apprenticeships and the confidence they install and the experience and knowledge they offer”.

Richard Willis a Newbury College Lecturer who led the organisation of the event said: “I am really impressed with the students and the projects we have on display.  The students approach and attitude towards the event was also impressive.  I am very proud and very pleased the event went really well”.

The Mayor of Thatcham, Ellen Crumly, who was one of the guests, said “A very interesting event, I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the projects and the young people’s enthusiasm for their work.  Also I have enjoyed seeing the positive results of apprenticeships turning into actual employment and improving employability”.

Winners of prizes for the best projects were;

  • Nathan Wagstaff – HND Mechanical Engineering (Metal Improvement Company)
  • Elliot Taylor – HNC Electrical/Electronic Engineering (UK Atomic Energy Authority)
  • George Collins – HNC Mechanical Engineering (Bayham Ltd)
  • Domingos Furtados – Level 3 Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Vitacress Salads Ltd)
  • Callum Brown - Level 3 Mechanical Engineering (Reeling Systems Ltd)
  • Chris Ponting – Level 3 Mechanical Engineering (Pipaway Engineering Ltd)

Newbury College is opening a brand new engineering solutions lab in September. Investment for the project came as a result of a successful bid to the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership through their initiative to raise the profile of STEM in the local area.  A main focus of the new Solutions Lab is to support learners ranging from Level 2 Engineering to Higher National Diplomas in Engineering, providing the opportunity to research and develop opportunities and ideas within their chosen field.  Apprentices and employers can make use of leading technology to support their business development and career progression.

Two Newbury College IT students have recently finished updating a patient information point (PIP) database at West Berks Hospital in Thatcham. Students, Kamil Pilecki and Przemyslaw Budzynski, started working on the project during their five-day work placement, but were determined to see the project through to completion.

Peter Broughton, volunteer at West Berkshire Hospital, said: “We asked Kamil and Przem to help replace the PIP survey as part of their work placement. They rose to the challenge and went above and beyond what was expected of them, carrying on with the project long after they had to. The new survey has been loaded onto our computers and is undergoing trials before its operational. We’d like to thank them for their hard work and we wish them all the best for the future.”

Both students are moving on to Southampton University in September to continue their IT studies.




Congratulations to six students on our Level 1 Animal Care course who excelled during their work placement week, achieving 100% attendance. To celebrate their success, students – Alicia Maggs, Christopher Mobbs, Lewis Baily, Holly Hibberd, Mark Williams and Shane Parkin – were presented with certificates from the principal, Dr Anne Murdoch.

Animal care tutor, Ria Poliquin, said: “It was wonderful to celebrate the achievement of our students who worked very hard during their work placement week and gained valuable experience in the industry.”

Newbury College was proud to host Theale C. of E. Primary School’s Summer Showcase Extravaganza at its open air amphitheatre on the evening of Tuesday 21st June. Pupils, aged seven to eleven, performed a range of delightful acts to an audience of family and friends.

Performances included the school’s gifted and talented steel pan, drama and dance groups, singing from two of the school’s choirs, music from the string and clarinet ensembles and brass quartet, acrobatics from the gymnastic squad and more.

Newbury College and Theale Primary School are working closely together as joint sponsors of a new primary school due to open in September 2017. The new school is being built to help meet the high demand for primary school places in Newbury. 

Newbury College Principal, Dr Anne Murdoch OBE, said: “It was an absolute pleasure hosting Theale Primary School’s evening showcase event again this year, we are so pleased they were able to make use of our wonderful outside space. When the new school opens next year, we look forward to hosting many more events.”

Deputy Head Teacher, Tristan Whiteman, said: “It was with great pride that we saw our pupils performing so confidently on the stage. They have such a vast array of talents and gifts that they have had the chance to develop, extend and refine through our broad curriculum. We were equally delighted to see so many parents and family supporting their children and the school. We continue to look forward to working further with Newbury College in a productive continued partnership together.”


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Results of the student EU referendum poll carried out at Newbury College are similar to the final vote declared in West Berkshire.  52% of students, many of whom are not yet of voting age, backed the ‘remain’ campaign.

The sports hall at Newbury College was the location for West Berkshire’s counting office, where the result was declared at around 4:20am in the morning.

On Friday 10th June, Newbury College students took part in an U19 Beach Rugby Tournament held on West Wittering Beach near Chichester. Fully supported by the RFU, this national competition involved schools and colleges playing games of five-a-side touch rugby on the beach.

Course Leader for Sport, James Ross, said: “Despite never playing this game together before, our team did very well. We won three games, lost three games and drew once – a testament to some excellent teamwork and individual brilliance. With good camaraderie displayed throughout the tournament, an excellent day was had by all.”

Last night, Newbury College level 1 and 2 hair, beauty and spa students wowed audiences with a catwalk display of their creative talents, all set around a theme of ‘Save the World’.

Each student designed and created a look – including hair, make up and clothing – based on their interpretation of the theme. Their models then took to the catwalk in front of a panel of industry experts from commercial salons and leading companies in the sector, including Dynamic Make-up Artistry, LK Hair, Lynnaire’s Hair and Salon Services.

Some of the creations were based on topical issues such as endangered animals, global warming and recycling. The winners from the different levels included: Laura Sutton – level 1 hair, Lucy Tooze – level 1 beauty, Sharna Field – level 2 beauty and Jasmine Chandler – level 2 spa. The overall winner was Laura Sutton, who was inspired by nature for her theme.

Rachael Elsey, curriculum manager for hair and beauty, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who came along to support the event, including all the parents and judges. Our annual showcase event is designed to allow the students’ imagination to flourish and they certainly didn’t disappoint! Some of the creations were truly amazing and we are very proud of what they achieved.”

Jenny Parks, Academy Salon co-ordinator, added: “As well as it being a fun event to participate in, the students gain valuable experience of how to interpret a brief and organise themselves so they can deliver the project on time – skills they’ll need if they want to succeed in this dynamic industry.”