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KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA COLLEGE APOLOGISES FOR SALE OF WORNINGTON ROAD SITE

KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA COLLEGE APOLOGISES FOR SALE OF WORNINGTON ROAD SITE

• Sale of College’s Wornington Road site in 2016 ‘plainly wrong’ and not in the interests of its local community
• Sale process characterised by management failings and poor governance
• Negotiations with Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea underway to determine how the Wornington Road site should serve its local community into the long term
• College sets out ‘complete break with the past’ and ‘relentless focus’ on serving the needs of its communities, students and staff in Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea College today publishes an independent review by the investigative consultancy Kroll into the July 2016 sale of the College’s Wornington Road site to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).
The report catalogues a failure of management and governance in several areas including:
– lack of consultation with the local community in the period before the sale;
– failure to consider and evaluate alternatives to a sale to RBKC (for example, potential proposals from private developers);
– shortcomings in determining the final sale price of the Wornington Road site; and
– ‘excluding’ of College student and staff governors before the final decision to sell the College to RBKC.
Kensington and Chelsea College Interim Chair Ian Valvona said:

“The sale of the College’s Wornington Road site to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was plainly the wrong thing to do – even when you consider the College’s very difficult financial situation in 2016.
Today the College apologises for that sale and I want to recognise the role of the local community and the Save Wornington College Campaign for helping to ensure that the full details of this sale finally saw the light of day.
The College’s core mission is to focus relentlessly on outstanding teaching and learning for our students and meet the needs of our local communities.
Selling the Wornington Road site to RBKC in 2016 was not in the interests of that mission or the College’s local community but the College is now determined to look forward and w
ork with the community, staff and Borough to build a bright future together.”

For immediate release
Kensington and Chelsea College Chief Executive and Principal Andy Cole said:

“The report highlights shameful behaviours of past management in excluding staff, students and the local community from its discussions and decision making over the sale. There has been a complete break with the past across the last year at Executive Leadership as well as Board level and we are in negotiations with RBKC to determine how the Wornington Road site will serve the needs of its communities into the long term.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank staff for their continued professionalism in focusing on raising standards in the college – standards that now firmly position the college as one of the highest performing in the capital.”

Notes to Editors:
1. Kensington and Chelsea College (“KCC”), a further and higher-education college located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London, is split into two centres: the Kensington Centre, located at Wornington Road, London, and the Chelsea Centre, located at Hortensia Road, London.
2. On 19 July 2016 KCC sold the Wornington Road building and land freehold to RBKC on a sale and three-year leaseback agreement. Under this sale and leaseback agreement, RBKC agreed that KCC could lease the Wornington Road site from the Council for three years following the sale at an annual rent of GBP 1,100,000. The headline value of the transaction was GBP 28,650,000, from which GBP 3,300,000 was deducted to take account of the three-year lease agreement. The net cash sale value to KCC was therefore GBP 25,350,000.
3. Ian Valvona has been interim Chair of KCC since 9 July 2018. Andy Cole has been Chief Executive and Principal since 24 February 2018. Biographies of all of KCC’s governors can be found here – 9 new since October 2017 and 1 re-elected October 2018.
4. KCC engaged Kroll in May 2018 to undertake an independent review in order to provide a clear and accurate account of the sale and leaseback of the Wornington Road building. Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, is a leading global provider of risk solutions. For more than 45 years, Kroll has helped clients make independent risk management decisions about people, assets, operations and security through a wide range of investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical and operational security, and data and information management services. For more information, visit www.kroll.com.
5. Media Enquiries can be directed to the Kensington and Chelsea marketing team at news@kcc.ac.uk or 020 7573 1321.

Grenfell documentary by KCC students accepted into London film festival

Armstrong Nkosi and Kevin Kimbenga are celebrating the success of their film ‘The Eyes of Grenfell’ which has been accepted into the Portobello Film & Arts Festival 2018. The documentary demonstrates community feeling the tragic Grenfell fire that occurred, on its first anniversary.

Armstrong said: “This is unexpected and the perfect surprise to mark a year of great study at Kensington and Chelsea College”. Kevin further said: “I’m surprised as I didn’t expect this at all, but I’m very excited that our film will be shown to the general public”.

Armstrong and Kevin noticed that most people in the community knew someone who died in the Grenfell Fire. As they both resided outside of the borough, they wondered what it was like to be in the community’s shoes, which lead them to the creation of their film.

Their lecturer Paul Hall who entered their film into the Festival, said “I am really proud of what Armstrong and Kevin have achieved with their film. They have captured the emotional feeling of a community in mourning one year after the Grenfell Tower fire. The Portobello Film Festival, I believe, will be the first step of their successful filmmaking careers.”

Armstrong who studied Level 3 Media Production and Kevin, Level 3 Graphic Design will both be continuing their studies in Media and Graphics at university.

Their film ‘The Eyes of Grenfell’ will be shown at 7pm on Thursday 13 September at Westbank, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL.

GCSE pass rates are excellent for KCC

Students at Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) celebrated some of the highest GCSE retake grades in London. Overall pass rates at KCC were 98 per cent for GCSE English and GCSE Maths.

Students who achieved a high level pass rate (9-4) were 54 per cent and 38 per cent for GCSE English and Maths retrospectively.

Health and Social Care student, Samira, said: “GCSE English was very hard at the beginning, but I attended every single class, even when I was ill. They say if you don’t study, you don’t achieve.

I got a Grade 5 or B equivalent, and a distinction for verbal presentation. I feel so overwhelmed with my results.

This year, I’ll be starting Health and Social Care Level 3 at Kensington and Chelsea College.”

Andy Cole, CEO and Principal at the College, said: “I am thrilled with the fantastic pass rates. Both staff and learners worked exceptionally hard and I wholeheartedly congratulate them on their success.”

Create your story at Kensington and Chelsea College

For students who may not have achieved the grades they were expecting, the College is able to offer an instant helping hand via a series of specialist Enrolment Days, which run until 31 August 2018.

Held across both Kensington and Chelsea centres, the Days will allow prospective students to receive advice and information on what to do next and apply.

Student Voice ranks College as Top of the Pops

Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) has been named top college for HE (Higher Education) learners in the UK on student satisfaction as voted in the National Student Survey 2018.

Only two London colleges made it to the top 100, with KCC pipping the other college to the top by 2%. With a score of 94%, the College is number one in London for FE (Further Education) colleges delivering HE.

Furthermore, only seven universities featured in the top 100 out of 400 providers, with KCC beating competition from some of the most respected universities in the country, including Oxford and Cambridge.

KCC is in the top 10%, ranking 39 out of 380 colleges across England. The survey captures views of over 320,000 students.

The College boasts a great HE provision, which offers a diverse range of courses taught by industry experts with strong student support.

Andy Cole, Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College, said: “We are thrilled to have had such a positive result in this key survey. It is an incredible achievement and testament to the hard work of our staff and students alike. We are proud of our HE offer and continue to strive towards excellence across the College.”

Fashion Students selected for Origins Festival

Fashion Students selected for Origins Festival

Students at Kensington and Chelsea College have been selected from over 340 entries to be a part of an exhibition for their work in Fashion at The Origins Creative Arts Festival.

Fashion students Anibal Hernandez-Palacios Caro and Emili Nyari have had their work selected for the festival. They are studying the Extended Diploma Level 3 Fashion and are in their first year. The large amount of work that will be exhibited in the Extended Diploma category will mostly be from second year students, so this is an amazing achievement.

Furthermore, two Level 1 Fashion students, Arizone Phoenix and Sandrine Ruohonen have been selected to showcase their work. Last year, a student from the College, Kacey Amoo, won an award in the Level 1 category.

This is the 3rd year running that the Fashion Department at the College have been selected to display their work at the exhibition. This year’s exhibition will be at the OXO Tower Wharf in Central London – a venue which boasts stunning views over London.

The festival celebrates the very best of exceptional work by students taking University of Arts (UAL) Awarding Body qualifications.

There were over 340 entries and Elliott Burns, a professional curator, selected the best examples to include in the exhibition.

The exhibition will be at The BargeHouse, OXO Tower Wharf from 2 – 5 August:

  • Friday 3 August, 11am–6pm
  • Saturday 4 August, 11am–6pm
  • Sunday 5 July, 11am–5pm

Fashion-fesitval

Highlights from ‘The Creative Collection’ at the College

Highlights from ‘The Creative Collection’ at the College

After six exciting weeks, ‘The Creative Collection’ has come to an end at Kensington and Chelsea College. Students of the College showcased their work from Art, Design, Fashion and Photography during May-July.

Here are some of our highlights from the End of Year Shows:

Governor Update

At the Corporation meeting on 9 July, Mary Curnock Cook tendered her resignation as Chair of the Corporation with immediate effect.  She said: “Having discussed my continuing chairmanship with the FE Commissioner, the Principal and the Deputy Chair, I have come to the conclusion that the end of the academic year is the right time to stand down and allow new leadership to take the College through the next phase of its development.  I thank all members of the Corporation and staff at KCC for their service while I have been Chair and wish students and staff every success in the future.”

Ian Valvona takes over as interim Chair until an election for the new Chair takes place.

 

Interior Design students score with Chelsea FC

interior design students work with chelsea fc as part of museum redevelopment 

Interior Design students have been working with Chelsea Football Club on their final projects that focused on the Museum’s redevelopment. 

The ideas will help the redevelopment of Chelsea Football Club’s museum that is opening in September.

Over the past six weeks, students from Interior Design have presented their projects and ideas to Chelsea Football Club.

Level 3 Interior Design students worked with the design consultancy Designwerk on the project. The project focused on one of the rooms in the museum: ‘The Foundation Room’.

‘The Foundation Room’ focuses on the local community. Therefore our students’ ideas focused on engaging visitors with the club’s history, charitable work and the club’s future.

The brief stated that the room should use other elements to engage all ages rather than being technology-led.

Ideas included an area where visitors could share their stories, which included engaging graphics and creative displays concepts.

The students attended an initial briefing at Stamford Bridge and afterwards they started to work on their ideas. Their ideas where then presented to Designwerk.

The final project presentation was held at Chelsea Football Club on Wednesday 13 June.

Saha Saif and Connor Crawford from Designwerk, said: 

“It was good to see the students thinking like designers as they are using the same design processes that we use in the workplace.”

Student gains work experience at design company through project

As a result of the project, Level 3 student, Saffron Lord, won a three-month design internship with Designwerk.

Saffron said:I am excited to work with DesignWerk more. I am looking forward to see what new doors open for me. It is an incredible opportunity to be offered an internship with DesignWerk. Furthermore, this internship will really give me a truly valuable experience within the design industry.”

Alya Rizvi, who is the Curriculum Manager of Design and Multimedia, said: “All our Interior Design and Architecture courses prepare students for higher education and design employment. It is brilliant that not only do our students get into top design universities each year, but our students also gain work placements at top design companies too.”

In addition, the museum will be opening at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge site on 1st September 2018.

Double success for Glass students

Success for our students

Two of our Glassmaking students have recently been awarded for their high quality of work and knowledge in Glass.

Janine Greenberg won second prize at the Stevens Competition for Architectural Glass Design. Janine received £1,200 in prize giving and also two 10-week work placements as part of the Ashton Hill Awards. This is her second award in under a month.

Caroline O’Connor has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Corning Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in summer 2018. She will have all expenses paid for as she travels to New York to continue her research and practice in glass techniques.

Last month both Caroline and Janine were shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Inspired by the V&A’ awards, where Janine won in the ‘Glass and Stained Glass’ category.

Both students study BTEC Certification in Art and Design Level 3 – Glass, taught at the Kensington Centre.

Huge congratulations to both Caroline and Janine.

Note to editors:

Stevens Competition The competition celebrates the skills and talents of emerging glass artists and conservators.

Ashton Hill Awards The awards offer funded placements in studios to gain work experience in glass.

Corning Museum of Glass A museum based in New York dedicated to glass, and displays and cares for the world’s best collection of art and historical glass.

Award-winning childcare student’s inspiring journey

A childcare student at Kensington and Chelsea College has been named as CACHE’s Learner of the Year.  Bethany Arthey, aged 19 from Croydon, received the award at CACHE’s national conference in London last week.  She is currently studying the Level 2 Certificate in Early Years Education and Care at the College’s Chelsea centre in Hortensia Road.

Before coming to College, Bethany had to cope with a challenging childhood, moving around the UK and being enrolled in a Pupil Referral Unit.  Despite being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, she completed her GCSEs, but an unfulfilling job in retail prompted her to return to College.

“I had to re-do my Maths and English – and I come from a big family and really enjoy looking after children, so I chose this course,” says Bethany. “Some of the other girls on the course are younger than me, but they’ve been lovely and so are the tutors.”

The best thing about the course for Bethany is being able to study three days a week and then apply what she learns to a placement in a nursery in Hammersmith on the remaining two days.

“I probably wouldn’t have been ready for this course when I left school three years ago, but I’m ready now,” she comments.  The College is delighted with Bethany’s success. Tracie Fryer-Kanssen, Curriculum Manager, says she saw a “spark of fabulousness” in Bethany when interviewing her for a place at College, and Suzzanne Warwick-Barron, the course tutor, has praised her as a “caring, supportive and determined student”.

Bethany is planning to move on to Level 3 once she has completed her current course.  “After my studies, I’d like to work in something to do with family law and abused children,” she says.

Bethany Arthey, CACHE Learner of the Year

Bethany Arthey, CACHE Learner of the Year