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KCC Governor Opportunities

The College is committed to local community involvement in its governance. The Board of Governors currently has up to two vacancies for individuals who have a keen interest in the work and ethos of the College, and who have the necessary skills and experience to contribute to the work of the Board, particularly at this key moment in the College’s development. 

If you would like to discuss these opportunities further, please contact the Clerk to the Corporation: A response by 6 September 2019 would be appreciated. 

Further education funding boost for Kensington and Chelsea

The College is pleased to confirm that the Government has formally confirmed the funding to buy back the Wornington Road Centre*, and support plans to refurbish both that centre and Kensington and Chelsea College’s Chelsea centre. The package also includes funding to work towards the proposed merger with Morley College.

This announcement is the culmination of many months of negotiations and lobbying, and the college leadership recognises the contribution of our partners, colleagues and supporters in bringing this to a positive conclusion.

Andy Cole, Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College, said: “We greatly welcome this investment, which will support substantial and ongoing educational provision for the communities of Kensington and Chelsea. When I first arrived here, we knew we would need to work closely with the local borough, campaign groups and government departments for a positive outcome. The college leadership are delighted all our hard work has culminated in securing the future of KCC. Our Board and leadership will examine the full implications for the future of the College, in the context of the proposed merger with Morley College, over coming days. Both colleges remain committed to a successful outcome of our plans to secure high-quality further education in the borough.”

The full news item from the Department of Education can be read here.

*Kensington and Chelsea College’s centre at Wornington Road had been owned by RBKC Council since 2016. Kensington and Chelsea College continues to operate and run courses from the centre.

Worried about GCSE and A Level results? A few tips from KCC

The summer holiday is here at last, but GCSE and A Level results will be here soon. If you have just sat exams and are worrying about your grades or uncertain about what you want to do next, here are a few bits of advice to help you relax, and prepare for the future.

‘A Levels’ are not for everyone!

Each year, thousands of 16-18 year olds are studying qualifications other than ‘A Level’. Large numbers of these students progress on to university while others go straight into careers in virtually every sector of the economy. Studying at a school or sixth form college can be great, but it is not for everyone, and colleges like Kensington and Chelsea provide a high-quality alternative.

You can still achieve your goals and succeed with a college course.

Despite studying hard, some students will not get the grades they are hoping for when the results arrive. Some will hear that they have not been accepted to join the sixth form courses they planned to; some won’t be allowed to continue into the second year of A Level. Do not despair! Kensington and Chelsea College does not turn ambitious young students away. If you have the desire to learn and the commitment to succeed in a subject we offer, we will help you find a course to get you on track. Sometimes this may mean starting on a Level 1 or Level 2 course, but success at these levels will still offer you the chance to progress through to Level 3 (A Level equivalent).

Changed your mind after a year or two on another course?

Many students join us after a year or more in studying A Levels elsewhere. For some, this is because they haven’t had the success they hoped for. For others, they have not enjoyed their course, or maybe their ambitions have changed. Either way, students coming to college aged 17 or 18 frequently find renewed inspiration and are successful in their fresh start.

Kensington and Chelsea College can help!

At KCC, we offer a wide range of courses suitable for school leavers. If you are interested in arts, childcare, design, fashion, multimedia, music or sports, or just want to browse, take a look at what we can offer in our courses section here.
If you’re not sure, you can drop in to find out more and speak to our professional advice staff. We’re open throughout the summer break. Enrolment for places starting this September starts on Thursday 22 August, at both our Centres.

Fashion students selected to exhibit at Origins Creative Arts Festival in London

fashion Students from Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) have been selected to exhibit at the Origins Creative Arts Festival in London this month.

Work from KCC students from the UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) will feature in the show which takes place in London 26-28 July.

Anibal Hernandez Palacios Caro’s and Priya Mahey’s work caught the attention of the show’s curators, who received over 360 submissions for the festival.

Level 1 Fashion student, Sabrina Hussein, was also selected to exhibit her work at the Festival entitled Fashion and Architecture.

Origins Creative Arts Festival is organised by the University of Arts London Awarding Body and provides art lovers, critic and industry professionals from the creative sector with the chance to meet original creative talent from 14-18 year olds across the country.

It showcases creative works from fashion, performing arts and music to sculpture, fine art and creative media from the UK’s most talented students in schools and FE institutions taking pre-degree creative arts subjects.

Origins promises a unique first look at these as-yet-unseen future stars of the creative scene. Open to the public and it is expected to attract thousands of visitors over the three days, with the programme including an awards event to select the top work across each subject area, guest speakers, and performance tie-ins with Barbican Box.

Ross Anderson, Director, UAL Awarding Body said:

“Origins Creative Arts Festival offers students the significant opportunity to exhibit their work. It gives them a moment in time where they can experience what it is like to be an arts professional.”

The private view will be taking place on 25 July, 6pm – 9pm at Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

All students exhibiting at the Creative Arts Festival will have the chance to win a prize at the event’s private view.

If you are interested in attending this event please e-mail

Notes for editors:

UAL Awarding Body – Qualifications that reward creativity.

UAL Awarding Body believes in transformative education. We design and award creative qualifications that empower and inspire educators to help students reach their potential.

UAL Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual, CCEA and Qualifications Wales. We currently offer qualifications in art and design, fashion, creative media, music and performing and production arts. We are also the UK’s leading provider of the Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies. Our qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

Fashion students celebrate successful year with exhibition

Fashion students celebrated another year of success with the opening of their end of year exhibition at Kensington and Chelsea College.

The private view was held at the College and was well attended by the fashion community.

The show includes work from students studying the Level 4 Foundation Fashion Pathway course.

One of the projects in the exhibition is called “It’s not cool anymore” by student Natalia [pictured].

She said: “It is based on a lot of things, but mainly toys that went out of fashion, which had high spikes of popularity, and then became irrelevant. I looked at squishes and loom bands, and other things like that, it is just a really light hearted and fun project.

“With a normal fashion show you have a runway and only have 30 seconds to showcase something that you have put three months of hard work into. This exhibition is better as people look at my sketchbooks and see the processes I took to get to this point.”

The exhibition is a part of the The Creative Collection, a college-wide showcase of exhibitions that features work from students studying Creative Arts subjects.

For more info about our remaining exhibitions click here.

Kensington and Chelsea College hails new education report

Kensington and Chelsea College has joined with over 200 colleges nationwide to throw its support behind the newly-published Augar Review into education for over 18s.

The Review, commissioned by the government, recommends a funding boost of a total of £4bn to the FE sector, of which KCC is a part. Following several years of declining income due to funding changes, KCC, along with the Association of Colleges, is urging ministers to take up the report’s recommendations.

In an unprecedented move, the leaders of every general further education college in England have joined forces to write an open letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education urging them to “answer the calls from business” and respond to the “challenges of technological change and Brexit”  by urgently investing in the country’s technical and vocational education system by implementing the main recommendations of the Review. 

The Augar Review called for, amongst other things, an end to the 17.5% cut in education funding for 18-year olds; support so that everybody, regardless of age, to achieve to at least level three; and a rebalancing of the traditional post-18 educational landscape.

The Augar Review can be read in full here.


Andy Cole, Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College, said:

“The report rightly concludes that it is colleges, like Kensington and Chelsea, that are key to improving social mobility and boosting workplace productivity. We are delighted that Philip Augar has recognised that colleges need more support and a new approach to resourcing if they are to continue to fulfil their valuable role in educating and training people from many different communities and social backgrounds.”

Bev Robinson OBE, member of the Independent Panel and co-author of the Augar Review said:

“The government’s response to the outcomes of the well-received Augar Review is arguably a watershed moment for the British government.  Choosing to enact the recommendations would demonstrate the government’s commitment to the much-needed skills revolution which our country needs, which industry is crying out for and which will promote social equity for all adults, not just the 50% as it is now.”

Kensington and Chelsea College is also urging students and local residents to support the implementation of the Report by contacting their MP

Students photograph Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce 50th party

kensington-chamber-of-commerce-eventKensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its creation.

Two students from Kensington and Chelsea College attended the celebration as official photographers along with around 50 members and guests.

Karim Abdul Gadir and Jordan Kyei-Mercier who are studying a Diploma in Creative Media Production took their roles very seriously and were able to capture great photos of the event.

Nicola, Executive Manager at Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce Ltd said: “The students were lovely! The President, John Cripps, thought they blended in so well. They were both incredibly professional.”

Some of the photographs taken by the students will appear on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s website with copyright credit to the students.kensington-chamber-of-commerce-event

The Creative Collection: Free Exhibitions in June and July

Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) is celebrating another successful year by exhibiting students’ work in exhibitions across London in The Creative Collection!

On display will be some of the finest work produced by students studying at KCC on courses such as Art & Design, Fashion, Fine Art, Photography, Printmaking and Millinery.

Inspiration for their pieces covers topics that are important or personal to them:

Olga Shkilna, a HND Fine Art student, whose piece is about her concern with knife crime in London said: “I have a 15 year old son and this is something that really worries me, I’m trying to communicate this in my work, the way I feel about it and how I want to raise awareness.”

Denise Lopes, a Level 3 Fashion student whose piece explores homelessness said: “I looked at different types of homelessness, how they survive on the streets, how they protect themselves, how they eat, how they sleep, and the resources they use. This led me to focus on warmth and protection for my exhibition. I want to lay it out as if you’re in the world of a homeless person. A lot of [homeless people] feel like they’re invisible to the world, so I really want to portray that.”

Rachel Hogg, a HNC Contemporary Fine Art student, who’s exploring waste in the Ocean said, “I’m creating a series of installations that make a statement on how the waste we’re putting into the ocean lasts a very long time and it’s killing sea life.”

Amma-kay, a student studying Level 3 Art and Design, whose piece explores Dyslexia said, “I decided to make a water well as a symbol of dyslexia. I want it to say ‘dig deep, believe and achieve.’ Like a well of knowledge.”

Shola Bryan, a Fashion, Art & Design student, whose piece pays homage to her family connections said, “My mum’s Nigerian and my dad’s half Italian but they were both raised in England so I don’t have that much of a connection to my culture. I’ve taken inspiration from a Nigerian artist who makes Victorian silhouettes but covers them in traditional African print. I’ve also take inspiration form Italian high fashion which is really big. I’m going to merge them together into one outfit and explore these cultures”

Multiple locations around London, visit: for more information.

Affinity exhibition connecting KCC artists and friends

Our first exhibition OF the creative collection is starting next month. it features work from student studying the higher national diploma in fine art. 

Exhibition Venue:
Candid Arts First Floor Gallery, 3 Torrens Street, Angel, London, EC1V 1NQ
Opening Hours:
Private Viewing : Tuesday 4 June, 2019, 6 – 8pm
Wednesday 5 June – Saturday 8 June, 11am – 6pm; and Sunday 9 June, 12 – 3pm
HND Artists Talk/Seminar : Saturday 8 June, 2 – 4pm

A group of seven artists from the Higher National Diploma (HND) Fine Art and Photography courses of Kensington & Chelsea College (KCC) join hands to present their year-end show at Candid Arts Gallery in early June. They focus on the explosion in multi-disciplinary practice to realise their visual ambitions as they complete the equivalent of their second year of a BA degree.

Photographer Nikee Brooklyn explores the dependence of objects, while the rest of the group are fine artists working on painting, sculpture, textile, video and installation. This promises an exciting glimpse into their artistic practice at the Affinity Exhibition.

These artists are: Chris Jones, whose interest is on the relation between noise and information; Daisy Kan, rejigging sound and space in multi-media installations; Chloe Lewis-Brady, investigating the beauty norms of society; Elizabeth Orlic, exploring landscape in contemporary painting; Tania Pereira, focusing on animal architecture and making homes for wild animals; and Olga Shkilna, whose paintings are inspired by the ever changing urban landscape.
Joining the group to showcase their new work are their emerging artist friends, Terry Barber,

Charlotte Cooper, Ozlem Demirel, Charlotte Fraser, Theo Hobson and Louise Richards. They are alumni of KCC who form a natural affinity and connection with the current HND students through
a mutual passion in art.

“The students are working as a group to organise this external exhibition in order to acquire the skill and knowledge of how to manage and reach out to the relevant audience. The alumni friends’ participation is most valuable to them too,” said Jane Eyton, HND Course Director at KCC.

The artists seminar on Saturday, 8 June will also give visitors a chance to join in a discussion with the HND artists.

The Creative Collection is a range of exhibitions in June and July that feature work from students studying Creative Arts subjects. More details to come soon. 


‘Unfamiliar Travels’ photography exhibition held by KCC Alumni

Alumni students from Kensington and Chelsea College opened the doors to their ‘Unfamiliar Travels’ exhibition, at a gallery space on Kings Road, Chelsea.

The event was well-attended by current students, staff, friends and families of the artists.

Jaz Kilmister, an exhibiting artist, said: “It’s great to see how all the people I was on the course with have pursued their photography and developed their ideas. We left two years ago but we’ve had this exhibition in the works for about a year.

Unfamiliar Travels exhibition from our students and Photography alumni

It’s really interesting to see what everyone has come up with and how everyone has just been pushing their ideas forward. It’s great!”

Manon Droz, teacher at KCC said, “What’s important is that this event was generated by alumni from a variety of courses. It shows that a community of artists and photographers can co-operate with different genres.”

Nikee Brooklyn, who led in organising the event and currently studies HND Photography at KCC said, “I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done, my confidence is sky high tonight.

I have nothing but thanks for the College. I could not be here without KCC or the tutors. The College is amazing and people deserve to know that this is a really good place to study.”

Niki Sianni, Photography tutor at KCC, said, “I’m very proud of Nikee. I taught her levels 2, 3 and 4 and she’s currently on level 5, which is impressive. Putting this [exhibition] together and dealing with different people is quite challenging in itself.”

The exhibition ran from the 14th – 18th May and will be followed by end-of-year shows organised by all creative arts courses at the College. These shows are held during June and July and allow current students to display their work. Details of upcoming exhibitions can be found here