Derby College Group has appointed Liza-Jo Guyatt as Executive Head of The Roundhouse and of Ilkeston College.
Ms Guyatt joins Derby College Group from Walsall Adult and Community College where she was Vice Principal.
As many school pupils celebrate their successes in GCSE examinations today (Thursday August 23), Derby College is also applauding the successes of their students who have undertaken resits in GCSE English and Maths, enabling them to progress in their study and career plans.
Derby College offers GCSE Maths and English programmes at its campuses to support young people who have not previously achieved the required Grade 4 (formerly grade C) in these core subjects upon leaving school. This year saw 1,800 16-19 year olds sitting GCSE Maths and/or English and of those, around 50% were successful in improving their grades.
Derby College has been awarded the top accreditation for the fourth time in recognition of its consistent quality in providing careers, employability and enterprise advice and guidance for students at its campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley.
The College was visited earlier this summer by Career Mark, the licensed awarding body, who assessed how students were supported with planning the next stage of their lives – whether that be higher education, apprenticeships, employment or starting their own businesses.
Derby College is celebrating an increase in the A-level pass rate and in the number of students achieving higher grades A* to B. A record 32% of A level students at the college's Joseph Wright Centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 97% - up 1% on last year. Points per entry has also increased to 29.5 compared with 27.5 last year.
Mandie Stravino and Darren Wilson have been appointed as the East Midlands Chair and Vice-Chair of the UK's largest business group, taking over from Andy Cliffe, Former Managing Director at East Midlands Airport, in July 2018.
Around 50 Public Services students from Derby College's Broomfield Hall joined a host of other organisations and Derby City Council to give the city centre a deep clean and face lift.
The students were involved in a wide range of activities including litter picking, painting street furniture and jet washing pavements.
A Derby College IT student involved in the organisation's innovative Employer Academy programme has secured an apprenticeship with the company that provided him and others with valuable work experience as part of their study programme.
Brandon Bariana (19) joined the RDS Global Technology Academy earlier this year – spending 15 weeks learning about the different career opportunities available in the IT Industry.
Students at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre have created an exhibition at Sudbury Hall to celebrate the lives and achievements of women associated with the 17th century National Trust country house.
Art & Design, Games Development and Music students have created a number of different pieces from paintings and sculptures to audio and 3D animations which have been placed around the hall for visitors to explore.
The Derby College Marketing team welcomed a work experience student for a week. Megan, 15, from The Ripley Academy looked to sample varioius elements of a career in Marketing and had the opportunity to attend The Big Bang which was held at The Roundhouse on Thursday 28th June. Here is an account of the day, in Megan's words!
Two Derby College Art & Design students have won bursaries from Arts Society Derby to support their move into Higher Education.
UAL Art Foundation Diploma students Lauren Jones and Georgia Brown have won £400 and £200 respectively after being shortlisted for the annual Bryan Harris Bursary award – named after the Society's founder and former chairman who died three years ago.
Students from Derby College who are recent arrivals to Derby from across the world have compiled a book of stories about their first experiences and impressions of Derby for a new book launched at this year's annual Derby Book Festival.
The 29 young people, whose first language is not English, are on Derby College's Lexis intensive language programme and their work has been illustrated by Art & Design students at the College.
Horticulture students at Derby College have won a top award at their third appearance at the prestigious BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC.
Having won gold and silver merit medals in the past two shows – the team won the coveted platinum award as well as the prize for the best interpretation of the theme in the 23-strong garden borders category.