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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


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

Fine Art students follow in famous footsteps with mid-year Show

HNC Fine Art students at Kensington and Chelsea College take an important step in their artistic development this week, with a mid-year Show at the College’s Chelsea Centre.

Entitled Interim Exhibition, the show is a rich mix of artistic styles and media from a diverse group of artists.  Some hail from Croatia, China and Spain, and others from careers in arts management, interior design, graphic design, software design and journalism.

The HNC is one of the most successful fine art courses in London. Alumni include Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Jerwood painting fellow Susan Sluglett. An increasing number of students now complete the College’s new BA Fine Art top-up, validated by London South Bank University. Many progress to BA and MA courses at the Royal College, Chelsea, Camberwell, Goldsmiths and other prestigious locations.

Course director Greg Rook said: “These courses deliver the highest standard of training, for lower fees than other similar courses. This year’s students are full of fresh ideas. We are proud to be showing work that is thoughtful, relevant and exciting.”

Interim Exhibition Thu and Fri 1-2 Mar and Mon – Wed 5-7 Mar (10am-4pm), Hortensia Gallery, Chelsea Building, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS.  Private view Wed 28 Feb 6-8pm.

Participating artists: Sophie Birkin, Charlotte Cooper, Amber Cousins, Atalanta Dickinson, Theo Hobson, Chris Jones, Daisy Kan, Chloe Lewis-Brady, Christine Low, Polly McDermott, Elizabeth Orlic, Tania Pereira, Eliza Plunkett, Olga Shkilna, Carole Thomson, Selva Martinez.

Appointment of New Principal

The appointment of a new Principal/CEO was made by representatives of the Board of Governors who were unanimous in their decision.

Andy Cole, Pricipal

Andy Cole will provide strong leadership to KCC over the coming months using his extensive relevant experience in the FE sector in London.

From his profile you will see that Andy has a degree in Fine Art and his background is in curriculum and quality with strong financial leadership and management and experience of how good MIS can help a college improve performance.



Please see the message sent from Andy:

I am delighted to be joining Kensington & Chelsea College and look forward to working with you all as we continue the quality improvement journey the college has been on and to secure the long-term future for education and training in both North Kensington and Chelsea.“

Amina wins Jack Petchey Award

One of OUR hard working young Childcare students has taken home the Jack Petchey Achievement Award after being nominated by her classmates in her Level 2 Introduction to Early Years Education and Care class.

Amina came to the College with no qualifications, but recently started on her Level 3 qualification in September following a successful work placement over the summer.

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organisations to celebrate the achievements of their young people, something we’re always excited to do at KCC.

Tracie Fryer-Kanssen, Curriculum Manager, has been amazed by the progress made by Amina, saying:

“Amina has matured into a responsible and reflective learner who has excelled in her placement, successfully securing employment there over the summer. She achieved 100% attendance and punctuality over the year in college and on her placement.

“This was an impressive achievement, especially over the last half term of the course, as Amina lives directly underneath Grenfell Tower and her placement was in the tower itself.

“I’m delighted with the recognition of Amina and the success of all the students; they are a marvellous, eclectic class!”

Kensington & Chelsea College currently delivers a diverse portfolio of CACHE qualifications in a number of sectors including Children and Young People, Early Years Educator, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, and Health and Social Care. Find out more at