Hartpury College is shortlisted for College of the Year Award

Russell Marchant, the Principal of Hartpury College and University Centre in Gloucestershire. 03/04/2019 Photo by Andrew Higgins©Thousand Word Media Ltd

Hartpury College – an Ofsted Outstanding institution – is in the running for another major honour after being shortlisted today for FE College of the Year in the 2020 Tes FE Awards.

The prestigious awards turn the spotlight onto the achievements of the further education sector and recognise outstanding individuals and institutions working within it.

The winners of the 18 different categories will be announced at the Tes FE Awards dinner and ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 20 March.

Russell Marchant, Principal of Hartpury College, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been shortlisted in the FE College of the Year category in the 2020 Tes FE Awards.

“I am delighted that the ongoing commitment and hard work of all the college staff and students at Hartpury has been recognised for such a prestigious award.”

Claire Whitworth, Vice-Principal of Hartpury College, added: “Our staff have worked relentlessly to create a culture that provides an outstanding experience for our students.

“This enables students to not only achieve their potential in their academic qualification but also significant wider personal development and development of industry skills that provides them with a solid foundation and springboard to progress successfully into their chosen employment or university study.”

Tes, formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement, is a weekly UK publication aimed at education professionals.

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop.

“Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

Hartpury College was rated Ofsted Outstanding in a further education and skills report in June 2018 and for its residential provision for students in March 2019.

Offering a range of A-levels and diplomas, it is one of the UK’s leading land-based, sports, equine and animal colleges.

It has the highest student satisfaction of all land-based further education colleges in the UK (Department of Education survey 2018/19), while 97% of its students progress to employment, university or further study (Hartpury 2019).

Students achieved an overall A-level pass rate of nearly 100 per cent when the latest results were announced in August.

Hartpury College has also announced a record number of student enrolments in 2019, the population increasing by four per cent compared with 2018.

Students at Hartpury have access to one of the largest equine educational establishments in the world, cutting-edge sports facilities, an extensive animal collection, an animal therapy centre, science laboratories with industry-standard equipment and a fully working farm.