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Fashion award for our Kacey


Our Level 1 fashion student Kacey Amoo walked off with a national award at a prestigious London arts event.

His work “wouldn’t look out of place in any contemporary fashion editorial” according to Matt Moseley, of the University of the Arts London.

Kacey’s work was selected for outstanding achievement at the university’s Origins exhibition at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

UAL’s praise is particularly special given that Kacey is a Level 1 student with no previous training.

Mr Moseley added: “This was a fantastically well-developed experimental fashion piece that really showed the level attainable by Level 1 students who are challenged and supported to achieve.  

“What I liked about Kasey’s project was that he had not only produced great fashion outcomes, but had also realised some wonderful photographic images that wouldn’t look out of place in any contemporary fashion editorial.”

Kacey used his new-found skills gained during the UAL Level 1 fashion course at KCC to create a piece that could be styled and photographed. He worked hard on a simple ruffle technique and managed to create pieces that were unique and bold.  

Kacey will be staying at KCC and was thrilled to receive a place on the Level 3 Styling and Promotion course, which has continuing successful progression to top universities.

Sam’s life of learning

samWhen Sam Muradi arrived in the UK and claimed asylum he had travelled over land through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium.

The prospect of such a journey would have proved intimidating to most people, but for Sam the life he was leaving behind was far more onerous than the odyssey ahead. He was fleeing Kabul – the Afghan capital – a city torn apart by war.

Exhausted, hungry and alone, he disembarked from the ferry at Dover, unsure at that stage whether he was in fact in the UK. His English was limited to three words – “bread”, “water” and “thank you”.

He was 24, with no friends or family in England.

Today, as the owner of Rainbow News, a newsagent on Golborne Road, he is well-known to the locals as a familiar and friendly face in their daily routine – but behind the jovial exterior is a story of self-improvement in which he says adult education has played an enormous part.

He still keeps every certificate has been awarded since arriving in the UK.

“I am very fond of the college,” he said. “The teachers are very good and I have been back there, and elsewhere, to study many times.”

In his previous life, he had travelled very little outside Kabul, the provinces of Afghanistan being too dangerous during the fighting which led to and followed the invasion by Soviet forces in 1979.

His cousin was killed during infighting between different factions in the conflict, and Sam was to witness the effect of the carnage first-hand many times, having trained as a nurse when he was a teenager and tended to many of the wounded.

As he reflects on his life, Sam says any adult who thinks they’ve missed their chance to get qualified and improve their life is simply mistaken.

“People come in to the shop sometimes and tell me there are no opportunities,” he said. “I tell them this is rubbish. Just rubbish. There are always opportunities if you’re prepared to work hard. But you have to find those opportunities. They won’t come and just knock on your door.”

When he was admitted into the UK, after five nights of detention in Dover, he was told by immigration officials that he would struggle in London. “London is a big place,” he was told. “You will be lost”.

Luckily, during his detention, he made contact with an Afghan community leader in Harlesden whose name he had been given by another migrant.

When he was released, it was this solitary contact who met him from the coach station at Victoria and got him in to temporary accommodation from where he was able to find English language training in Warwick Avenue.

This training was the start of a long journey to mastering a language extremely different from his native Farsi and the only secondary language he had learned at home – Russian.

He went on to study at Kensington and Chelsea College and Westminster Kingsway College.

He knew lack of English was his biggest obstacle and focused on English lessons for a few years. His longer-term goal was a degree and, having the appropriate A-levels, he followed in the footsteps of thousands of English students by taking on an Access to Higher Education course in social science and humanities.

This enabled him to progress on to and complete a full degree in politics – the intention at that time being that he would return to Afghanistan and work in Government.

By this time, he had become – by his own admission – a habitual student. He took the opportunity to study further, completing a computer course and gaining a qualification in health and social care, having at one point considered a career as a social worker.

As the studying continued, his confidence grew.

He spent several years running a market stall on the Portobello Road.

As well as getting on in his working life, Sam devoted much of his time to helping others, giving up his time as a volunteer for the charity Sixty Plus, which helps older people to live independently.

He acted as a home visitor, relishing the chance to use his new-found English language skills by keeping them company in their homes to alleviate boredom and accompanying them out and about in the community – as well as turning his hand to gardening.

The charity described him as a “very caring, empathetic person.”

As he became more immersed in the local community, he decided to take over a newsagent. It was a big undertaking.  He had to find the equivalent of six months’ rent up front to take over the rental of the shop itself and a further much larger sum to take over the existing newsagent business and stock.

He said: “I borrowed from friends, family and the bank. It was a big commitment but it has paid off. It is hard work but successful.

“Now I have many students from the college who come to the shop. So after doing all those courses, I am actually running a business round the corner from the college. Things have come full circle.

“If I can be a success, anybody can. People who are born in this country speak English. English is all you need – not just here but around the world.

“I did find it hard to learn English – it is so different from the languages I know – but once you have the language you just have so many opportunities to learn more.

“You just need to keep going back. Learn the next thing. And the next thing. You just have to work hard and you will succeed.

“Kensington and Chelsea College was the beginning of everything.”

College reaches higher with new chair of governors

ONE of the country’s most high-profile leaders and campaigners for inclusive education has been appointed as the next chair of governors at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Last month, Mary Curnock Cook OBE stepped down as chief executive of UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

During her seven years at the helm of UCAS, the organisation underwent a major transformation which included an increased focus on promoting access to higher education by people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Outside of her UCAS role, she has been an active campaigner for inclusion in education and training, working to help people from more deprived backgrounds to progress to university.

Kensington and Chelsea College has a wide range of Access courses which prepare people for higher education – including University degrees – and this week described her appointment as “exactly what the college needs” as it looks forward to potential merger.

Michele Sutton CBE – Interim Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College – said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to have as our chair of governors such a high-profile figure and someone who is so passionate about the idea that education at all levels is something that should be available to everyone based on their potential and not their background.

“Despite being busy with her illustrious career in public service, Mary has been generous with her time in acting as an ambassador for education, tirelessly making the case for widening participation.

“This combination of talent and enthusiasm is exactly what the college needs at this time.”

Ms Curnock Cook was made an OBE for her services to training in hospitality and tourism and, like many of the college’s Access students preparing to enter higher education, she got the learning bug later in life. It was not until her 40s that she graduated with an MSc from the London Business School.

Before joining UCAS, she was a director of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

Ms Curnock Cook’s appointment was given unanimous support from Kensington and Chelsea College’s governing body.

She said: “I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to support the college in this very important period as it moves towards merger.

“One of our priorities in the merger process is that we secure quality provision in the borough for both school-leavers and adults, but combined with the efficiencies which will come from being part of a larger organisation.

“I left school at 16 with a clutch of O-levels and one A-level. I know very well that people return to education and training at different stages in their lives. There is no single route to success.

“The magic of colleges is that they are the part of the education system that likes to say ‘yes’ to people’s aspirations regardless of where they need to start and which study route they need to take to fulfil their ambition.

“I have always been interested in the way colleges fit in to the wider eco-system of education.”

Early in her career, Ms Curnock Cook did secretarial work before joining the biochemical industry and then going on to food and hospitality, including the licensed retail sector. During this period she became increasingly involved in vocational training and aware of its impact on individuals.

In an interview for the BBC’s Woman’s Hour, she said: “When you hand out a certificate to a grown man and see them with tears in their eyes that’s a very very moving experience and it’s also a big eye-opener about how important it is to validate somebody’s self-worth.”

Kensington and Chelsea College has campuses near Kings Road in Chelsea and near Portobello Road in North Kensington and is best known for its creative courses.

The college is currently evaluating potential merger partners, planning the modernisation of its facilities in North Kensington and strengthening its links with the local community.

It offers full-time and part-time courses to all ages up to and including higher education level.

Big plans for North Kensington

We’re expanding 

North Kensington community consultation day June 29. 3pm-6pm 

Kensington and Chelsea College plans to increase the number of students in North Kensington – with modern facilities for both school-leavers and adults.

The Wornington Road campus is a former school building which is too large for the college and lacks the high-quality accommodation enjoyed by many colleges around the country.

The plan is to have facilities on-site or nearby, still allowing space for increased student numbers and potentially more courses. The college will consider whether to add new courses as part of its ongoing consultation with local residents.

The college is making arrangements to ensure continuity for students during the transition to new accommodation. It has identified a number of options, including remaining on the Wornington Road site or a new home in the immediate neighbourhood.

The college remains committed to staying in North Kensington where demand remains strong for student places.

Michele Sutton CBE, Interim Principal of the college, said: “The building at Wornington Road has served the college well for many years but even the most nostalgic among us would agree that the facilities could be improved.

“We are staying put in the neighbourhood but we need to ensure that our students are enjoying the kind of environment they deserve when they come to college.”

The college also has a campus at Hortensia Road, Chelsea, and is well-known for its creative courses. It is the leading provider of 16-18 and adult education in the borough and draws students from across London and beyond – particularly from the surrounding boroughs.

It has courses in a range of subjects including art, design, fashion, millinery, photography, music production, humanities, hair and beauty, teacher training, child care, health, print and accounting.

These are taught from beginners’ level up to specialist access to higher education courses which allow students to progress to university. Other students progress directly from the college to employment in their chosen field, and many have gone on to work for famous brands.

The college has close ties with world-famous Portobello Market near its North Kensington campus while its Chelsea campus is very close to the Kings Road.

The college’s decision to improve its North Kensington facilities follows similar developments taking place around the country, including London, to improve the buildings used by further education colleges. Improved facilities, as well as proving popular with students, have also been linked to increased success rates.

Mrs Sutton, a former president of the Association of Colleges, said: “There’s been a lot of great work on improving the further education estate across the county.

“It’s really time that the community in North Kensington enjoyed facilities which match those we already have down in Chelsea.

“I know from my experience across the FE sector that, while its good teaching that counts most, everyone does better in good modern facilities that are inspirational not just to existing students but also those thinking of studying with us in the future.”

Key Messages

We are aware of some concerns in the community about the continuity of college provision in North Kensington following the sale of the Wornington Road Building to RKBC.

The sale of the property to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was a good deal which enables the college to reinvest in good study facilities in line with similar improvements in colleges across England.

The borough is supporting the college in seeking a property in to which to decant whilst the new building is constructed  – within 15 minutes’ walk of Ladbroke Grove tube 

The college will have the option to move back to the site.

The college will remain in the Wornington Road Building at least until July 2018 

The college is committed to ensuring that there will continue to be provision for the people of North Kensington – including after our anticipated merger.

The college has prioritised:

  • Improved disabled access

  • Modern teaching facilities

  • Improved communal areas

  • Greater environmental efficiency

The college will hold a community event at Wornington Road on June 29 from 3pm to 6pm to give people the opportunity to meet staff and share their views about the future of the college’s provision in North Kensington.

It will also be conducting a survey of people’s motivations for coming to college – to help inform decisions about which courses are provided –  and increasing its presence in the community more generally. 

New Youthquake

New Youthquake

We’re part of the New Youthquake movement included in the Love Your Local Market (LYLM) international event.

Get connected with New Youthquake – On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

This years theme is youth culture. Portobello and Golborne Road market is taking inspiration from ‘Youthquake’, a term coined by British Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in 1965 to describe a London-centred movement of youth-led music and fashion.

Our events aim to inspire and grow creativity and identity within the youth culture of the local community. Encouraging people to develop new skill and ways of thinking while building a brighter, stronger future. We’re doing this by holding numerous events, taster days and drop-in sessions.

Check out our events below!

Saturday 20 May

Kensington and Chelsea College ‘Made in KCC’ stall, Golborne Road Market (by 82 Golborne Road W10 5PS).

Kensington and Chelsea College Wornington Centre Open Day. Ticketed, FREE. Please follow link to register.

The Rhythm Studio music production workshops and open day 10am to 2pm at Kensington and Chelsea College Wornington Centre. Ticketed, FREE. Please follow link to register.

Tuesday 23 May

Hair, beauty and barbering taster day at Kensington & Chelsea College from 3pm to 6pm. Ticketed, FREE. Streetview

Friday 26 May

Kensington and Chelsea College ‘Made in KCC’ stall, Portobello Road Market (by 250 Portobello Road W11 1LL). Stall 123 Streetview

Saturday 27 May

New Youthquake Saturday market with live music programmed by The Rhythm Studio. Streetview

Sunday 28 May

New Youthquake Sunday market and Portobello Nextgen market including Ferarts Block Party with live music programmed by Samurai Sound. Streetview

See the full list of New Youthquake events

Hair, Beauty and Barbering taster day

Hair, Beauty and Barbering taster day

Tuesday May 23, 2017. 3-6pm. Wornington Road. W10 5QQ

Have a go. Meet the tutors. Apply.

You will be able to have a practical introduction to cutting someone’s hair, giving a pedicure or manicure, or applying beauty treatments – all under supervision of course!

There will be a chance to meet our students to find out what they like about life at Kensington and Chelsea College, and to apply online.

Hair, barbering and beauty lecturers will be on hand to give you some expert advice and guidance. They’re all experienced in their field as well as being teachers. So you will get a great insight into these exciting careers.

Come and join us.

Student’s art is in the bag

Foundation (UAL level 4) student Ludovica Sitajolo currently has an artwork in a prestigious public exhibition, called “MiBacco” at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Rome.  Her ambitious large scale work ‘The Poet’ is a portrait of the Italian Poet Dante Alighieri and is painstakingly constructed from 3068 tea bags, creating an impressive pixelated vision of the poet. The artwork was selected from a contest about The Book and The Reading organized by the Association C.R.E.S.. – Cultura e Civiltà of Capua, Italy. The exhibition was curated by Eleonora Ferraro and organized by the Association C.R.E.S.O. – Cultura e Civiltà of Capua, Italy.

Ludovica Sitajolo, Courtesy of the artist

Bright Future for North Kensington

STUDENT numbers are set to increase in North Kensington under ambitious plans to improve provision at Kensington and Chelsea College.

“We’re firmly committed to North Kensington,” says the college’s recently-appointed Interim Principal Michele Sutton CBE.

“This means not just maintaining our presence in the borough but going much further by ensuring we can accommodate growing numbers of students in the modern facilities they deserve.

“We look forward to sharing our plans for North Kensington as they develop and will be working with the community, including potential students, businesses and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.”

The college has listened very carefully to its existing students and is considering a range of options at locations in North Kensington.

The priorities to include:

  • Greatly improved access for people with disabilities
  • Modern classroom and teaching facilities
  • Improved communal areas for students to meet and work
  • Greater environmental efficiency

Meanwhile the campus will remain open for business at Wornington Road ensuring there will be continuity of provision until new facilities are ready.

Mirrored me Performance

A story of the self and its double, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s play William Wilson, is told in this dance performance. It is a game in which different parts of human personality affect and direct the protagonists in the struggle of the self to recognise its diverse sides. During the act, two individuals play with their reflections, bridging the gap between the face and its reflection, between light and shade, between the one who is watching and the one who is being watched.

The immersive installation is used as an architectural metaphor, highlighting the very elements of space, suggesting that the boundaries and lines we draw within ourselves about who we are and what we can do are a perception of the mind and a result of a reflection.

Dates: 4 -5 November
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £9.00 (£8.00 conc. & £7.00 Southwark residents)

Performers: Inês Zinho Pinheiro & Bianca Ranieri

Choreographer: Anastasia Papaeleftheriadou

Music: Adrian Corker

Set Designers: Aliki Kylika & Kyveli Anastassiadi, V.I.P.A (Viral Institute of Performing Architecture)

Listings Information:

Venue: Blue Elephant Theatre, 59a Bethwin Rd, Camberwell, SE5 0XT (entrance on Thompson Ave)

Nearest tube: Oval (Northern Line)

Wheelchair accessible

Box Office: 020 7701 0100



Twitter: @BETCamberwell


UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Level 4 Student Heading Straight To The Top

Kensington and Chelsea College are delighted that recent graduate Stella Kajombo (of the Level 4 Foundation course) has had her graduation exhibition spotted by Contemporary Art Curator Rosalind Davis. On the strength of this work Davis has invited Kajombo to exhibit in a dynamic exhibition in a Central London Gallery; Collyer Bristow in Holborn.  The exhibition ‘Telling Tales’ opening in October 2016  includes major established artists- Graham Crowley, Richard Galpin, Emma Talbot and Gordon Cheung. Telling Tales shows the work of a spectrum of contemporary artists from the ages of 19-84 years old. An even greater compliment is that amongst this stellar company of established artists Davis has chosen Stella’s work as the main press image for the exhibition.

KCC Foundation Course Director Justin Hibbs says “this is a huge achievement for any student at this level and we are very proud of Stella who has created a stunning and richly layered body of work. This also reflects the great standard of teaching and level of student achievement at KCC on the foundation course.”

Stella Kajombo’s work is a performance piece (photographically documented by fellow student Srirat Jongsanguandi) in which she traces the stories of skin; touching upon historical links to slavery and caste systems as well as African ritual and history, classical and contemporary notions of beauty and the heritage of African music in 21st century culture. The performance documents her painting her skin white and then back to black as she reinvents and re-presents herself, depicting a powerful sense of celebration and empowerment drawn from her own evolving story of skin and identity. Stella Kajombo (b.1996, Malawi) recently graduated from the Foundation Course at Kensington and Chelsea College where she won the Peter Stanley Prize and was selected for ‘Origins’ (at the Menier Gallery); a UAL exhibition that showcases students from foundation courses from across the country. Kajombo is about to start her first year of a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Apply for our UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Level 4 now 

Exhibition details:

Telling Tales

Preview 13 October, 6-8pm
Exhibition 14 October- 15 Feb 2018 

Collyer Bristow Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4TF

Key contact information

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Twitter: @CBGallery1
Instagram: @collyer_bristow_gallery #tellingtales