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Youth Travel Ambassadors Initiative

What is YTA (Youth Travel Ambassadors)?

IMG_6799Youth travel ambassadors (YTA) is a youth-led programme for secondary schools, sixth forms & colleges in London which is led by Transport for London (TFL).Young people aged 11-19 can make a difference to the transport issues affecting their school communities.

The Kensington and Chelsea YTA Team meet to discuss travel within the college. This terms theme is active travel, so the college’s YTA team have come up with various ways to promote active travel within the 16-19 year old age group. 

The YTA team plan to make a video and posters for students and staff to promote the various ways of active travel. There are many ways of being active for example walking, running, biking, skateboarding, riding a scooter or getting off the bus/train a stop earlier if you live far and walking the rest of the way.

We are trying to create a new college ethos by getting students and staff involved in being more active, the aim is to get everyone who participates to use the Map My Walk app. This app calculates how much distance you’ve travelled and how many calories you’ve lost during that time. We will then monitor this every Friday by getting the participant to screenshot their evaluation and post it on the college Facebook or twitter page.

The winner will be the person who has been the most active. There are three prizes for 1st place 2nd place & 3rd place. If there is a tie the student council members will decide who will receive the prize, this will be done by putting both participants’ names in a hat and have a draw to insure fairness.

We hope to start holding focus groups to evaluate how many students and staffs is active travelling. At the beginning of these focus groups we will hold a survey asking them a few questions on active travel such as; how much active travels have you done in the past week? We will then show a short film that was made by the YTA team and we ask a few questions about how they feel about being active now.

What happened at Campaign Junction?

Campaign Junction Events are an opportunity for YTAs to gain valuable presentation skills and receive additional support, funding and guidance in order to implement their campaign ideas. On February 11th 2016 there was a campaign junction held for many schools to promote a valuable presentation to TFL as well as other schools. They receive additional support, funding of £250 and guidance in order to implement their campaign ideas.

Inspired by competition

Inspired by the world of Glass

Kensington and Chelsea College are pleased to announce that we have two of our Level 3 certificate students work displayed at Morley Gallery.

They were selected through the Inspired by competition which is an art competition and exhibition supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation.

This competition is aimed for people in adult education. Taking part offers are students the opportunity to  showcase new works inspired by exhibits in the V&A’s collections. 

Interview with our two students from the glass department. 

Competition theme

  • Based on Rhythm
  • Interpretation of colour vulture

How we were able to support the competition participates:

  • ‘KCC has giving us the platform to express ourselves’
  • ‘Provided us the opportunity to get your work seen’
  • ‘self-belief and go for it’

Asked what is next on their adventures

  • ‘independent work, exhibit externally’

Music Production & Business

The Rhythm Studio is teaming up with Kensington & Chelsea College to offer a Level 2 Diploma in Music Production & Business starting in September 2016. The primary focus of the course is to equip students with practical skills for a career in the modern music industry. Units include Organising A Music Event, Music Marketing & Promotion, Music Sequencing & Production, Sound Recording, Podcast Production and Remixing. You will also learn what successful music professionals are doing now, as well as look at how the industry has changed in the digital age and how it might develop in the future. 

Classes take place at The Rhythm Studio’s music academy within Kensington & Chelsea College. The purpose-built facilities include a state of the art recording studio, soundproofed rehearsal rooms and an iMac suite. Regular live events take place in our own performance space, at which students have the opportunity to engineer, perform and record. We also use top London music venues for live gigs throughout the year, and our students have been invited to perform further afield at major UK festivals, including Camp Bestival to Glastonbury.

The Rhythm Studio’s teaching team is made up of active music industry professionals. You will be taught by gigging musicians, songwriters, producers and engineers. Our school also has strong links within the music industry, from radio stations and record labels, to world famous performers, producers and DJs. Our patrons include Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, 6Music DJ Don Letts, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, and world renowned songwriter Guy Chambers, and former students at The Rhythm Studio include James David of 2016 UK chart-toppers Snakehips. RS Recordings, our in-house record label, allows students to experience and work with a real-life music enterprise as part of their studies.

In addition to the course units that make up your main qualification, students get assistance with Maths and English, alongside career advice and preparation for the world of work. All aspects of the course are tailored so that they are relevant to you as an emerging music professional. If you complete the course, you can progress onto a Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners and prepare for university or apply for a job in the music industry. The course is designed especially for 16 to 18 year olds but all ages are welcome to apply.

To find out more and book a place at an open day, click here

Feltmakers award

Clare Bennett won the ‘Innovation Prize’ at the Worshipful Feltmakers of London Awards at Haberdashers Hall on the 1st April.

“The winning piece was developed from my current Level 2 C&G project ‘Wearing the Woodland’ which was written by my lecturer Harvey Santos. ‘My inspiration came from the natural  world, particularly ferns. I completed the Level 1 Millinery with Sally Wright at KCC last year and she encouraged me to apply for the Award.

I was delighted to win, but even more excited when internationally-renowned milliner Noel Stewart (previously a Millinery teacher at KCC) chose to wear my hat at the event. You can see him wearing it on his Instagram feed.

I travel all the way from Norfolk on Monday and stay overnight in London, just so I can come to my L2 Millinery class at KCC on Tuesdays. There’s nowhere that I could study this exciting discipline nearer to home. 

I was drawn to Millinery as I wanted a vehicle for my embroidery skills that was 3-Dimensional. I considered sculpture originally, but Millinery was ‘wearable sculpture’, so even better. 

If this was in Norfolk…I’d be studying on the 3 day per week HNC course here next year but will continue with short courses in the meantime!

I’m excited as it’s the first time I’m showing at the Norfolk Open studios which took place last week of May- 1st week June.
(NNOS open studios 2016! No.28)’ 

The Cass Factory

Students from the Level 2 Diploma Art and Design course enjoyed a day out in February taking part in “The Cass Factory”.  The event is held by Cass at London Metropolitan University and led by Marianne Forrest BA Course Leader for 3D Design Department and Lecturer Heidi Yeo. This annual event facilitates students in FE and Sixth Form colleges to take part in practical skills workshops taught by current BA students at Cass. 

Students are given a guided tour of the Cass facilities and their range of BA courses in the arts explained.  Opportunities for progression from FE to HE are discussed and since 2 of the current BA students teaching workshops started their studiers at KCC chatting about experiences was both relaxed and informative.

Workshops included forging, water casting, jig wire constructing, soldering and textiles.  Each student took part in the range of activities to produce works which were then assembled and mounted inside skeletal cube structures also custom made by each student.  Finally all of the cubes were assembled to form a large sculpture which was displayed in the gallery window at the Cass building at Aldgate East opposite the Whitechapel gallery.


KCC + Apprenticeship week = New Job Prospects

As part of National Apprenticeship week, Kensington and Chelsea College will have soon live vacancies. After a slight drop, apprenticeships are enjoying a huge role in developing the workforce of the future. This week will see five days of supporting apprenticeships and addressing how it can impact young people, businesses and the economy.  

The National Apprenticeship Service provides a good support system to employers offering free, expert advice and support to those looking to recruit apprentices for the first time, or grow their existing apprenticeship offering.

Numerous well-known people have started as apprentices. After leaving school, Gordon Ramsey began in a catering apprenticeship in various London restaurants. He has now appeared in numerous television shows and his net worth is over £150 million. Another example is Alexander McQueen who also began his prosperous career as an apprentice in a traditional row tailor. The experience he gained during his time as an apprentice enabled him to start off his own fashion brand.

At the college we have create and built a strong support networking to support all our student in the search for work. As a result one our student has been able to secure an apprenticeship with Warner Bros. helping them of all the visual activities such as the movie posters.

For information on our live vacancies 

2016 Arts Foundation Award

2016 Arts Foundation Award

Kensington and Chelsea College took part in the 2016 Arts Foundation Award. It’s was held at 20th Century theatre. The Art Found exist to help artists and celebrate the existence of art.  It featured Kathy Vones, who taught enamelling in the jewellery department at KCC in the past and has gone on to further her career. She’s is now doing a PHD whilst still teaching jewellery. Sadly for Kathy the award went to Vann Kwok but Kathy won £1,000 which was handed to her by guest speaker Sebastian Faulks.
The evening was attended by current Jewellery student (and former student of Kathy) Wendy Woolf and lecturer Jenny Macdonald.

2016 Art Foundation Photo



Library Week at Kensington and Chelsea College

In celebration of National Libraries Day, Kensington and Chelsea College Library held a number of activities during week 1-5 February.

Over 350 students and staff took part in the activities which included spin the wheel, prize draws, handmade bookmarks and stickers galore. The Library also celebrated Shakespeare by reading sonnets and holding book sales with reads for 50p.

Library Week at Kensington and Chelsea College is now officially over but what a great week it was!



Ceramics Student auditions for BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down

When Kensington and Chelsea College was approached for possible candidates to audition for their new programme ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’, Lisa Marklew, Director of the Creative Industries and The Arts, had no hesitation in putting forward Geordie Groenhuysen.

Geordie is a now a professional installation artist who first studied ceramics at Kensington and Chelsea College in 2004 and still regularly attends workshops to practice his skills and develop new ones. He is currently attending an Advanced Ceramics workshop to perfect his throwing skills, and is also studying printmaking with Sue Andre at our Chelsea Centre.

Geordie said his experience of auditioning for the programme was gruelling and pressurized, and although he went through to the final selection stage, he wasn’t picked as one of the contestants to appear on the show.

Geordie said,
‘Initially I had to do an online application, then a phone interview, and then I was called in to an interview with the presenters and asked to bring two of my favourite pottery pieces.’

‘I got through this round and then had to be filmed while being interviewed about my work to see how I came across on camera. After this I was called back again to film a practical audition where they fired questions at you while you were making pottery and the pressure of all that was really quite scary.’

‘When I did finally hear that I was not successful in making it onto the show, I thought it was probably because I didn’t quite complete the last task. I recognised that my throwing skills needed perfecting, my work is more sculptural.’

‘I was rather relieved I wasn’t picked, I kind of wanted it, I realised that if I’d got in I’d go through with it but it’s a lot of pressure and they follow you around filming your personal life.’

Lisa Marklew said, ‘Geordie is a great ambassador for the College and he did extremely well to make it to the final stages of selection. The show has created a new interest in ceramics and pottery and we are seeing an increase in enrolments on our workshops’.

If you’re interested in giving pottery a go, enrol now on a pottery workshop starting in January.

College to explore opportunities for strategic alliance

The Governing Bodies of three of London’s leading Further Education colleges are delighted to announce they have agreed to explore opportunities to work together in a strategic alliance. City of Westminster College, College of North West London and Kensington and Chelsea College are looking to build on their existing links and individual strengths.

The aim is to deliver the highest quality education and training opportunities for students and employers together, across central and west London and beyond. By exploring potential next steps towards a formal strategic alliance, each college sees real benefits on which they can build to ensure even greater collective success; and to make their shared vision for a world-class skills offer for London a reality.

The strategic collaboration will seek common ground with a wide range of stakeholders, and may develop to include further colleges in order fully to realise the ambitions for our communities.

Over the coming months, the colleges will discuss how the collaboration will evolve and through consultation with stakeholders they will ensure the needs of the region are met. At the heart of the alliance is the commitment for each College to work together collegiately towards meeting the Government’s ambition of higher level technical and vocational skills and education, including the potential establishment of Institutes of Technology. This will ensure Central and West London has the Centres of Excellence its economy needs,which build on the strengths of the group in the Creative Arts, Computing Technology, Engineering and Construction sectors. This will provide a sustainable long term future and the best opportunities for our students.

It is a commitment to providing quality education and training for all, serving the City of Westminster, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Borough of Brent and covering much of central and west London. The combined provision will put the group at the forefront of London’s skills system and provide a model for how colleges work together successfully in the capital.

The Chairs of the three colleges* today issued a joint statement:-

“We are tremendously excited about the potential for developing closer collaboration across the three colleges. For us, it means developing innovative ways of delivering exceptional training to our students, which builds on our collective strengths and seeks out new partnership opportunities across London. At the heart of our intention is to do what is best for each and every student.”

“We firmly believe this collaboration has the potential to create a sustainable, high quality offering to students, providing them with leading provision and addressing key skills shortages in the capital and nationally. All three colleges have excellent links with major national companies and have strong connections with locally-based employers and together offer to students what is probably the broadest range of employment opportunities in key British industries in the Capital.”

Based on 2014-15 figures, the combined colleges together enrol 28,000 students, of which 4,200 will be aged 16-19 and 2,900 will be apprentices, with a combined total income of £62,000,000.

*Jan Knight, Chair of Corporation, College of North West London; Nick Martin, Chair of Corporation, City of Westminster College; Naraindra Maharaj, Chair of Corporation, Kensington and Chelsea College