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  • World-renowned Italian artist inspires College students’ award-winning exhibition

    Students from the Pathway 2 programme at Abingdon & Witney College visited Blenheim Palace in early December last year to see the works of Michelangelo Pistoletto, and it was here that the ideas and inspiration for their own art exhibition blossomed. From Pistoletto’s first introspective self-portraits to ambitious projects based on community and collective participation, the show at Blenheim (which ran until New Year’s Eve) exemplifie…


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  • Agriculture students get a crash course in farm safety

    Students from Common Leys Farm spent an exciting day on Tuesday May 9th learning about farm safety from the charity Yellow Wellies. Over 70 students watched practical demonstrations covering the everyday hazards faced by farmers, farming families and workers. They provided an excellent opportunity for those working on farms, or are working on their agriculture qualifications, to get the latest practical advice and standards from the…


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  • ‘Outstanding’ apprentices impress Ofsted inspectors

    Abingdon & Witney College’s apprenticeship programme has been judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The report recognises the College’s careful attention to an apprentice’s journey towards a career, stating that “most apprentices make excellent progress from their starting points [and] produce work to a very high standard,” whilst almost all apprentices “remain in full-time employment after completing their apprenticeship.” …


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  • The verdict is in: Ofsted rate Abingdon & Witney College as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ apprenticeships

    A “clear strategic vision” and “high ambition for learners” has helped Abingdon & Witney College achieve a ‘good’ overall rating by Ofsted. Ofsted spent four days assessing staff, students, and teachers across all three of the College’s main campuses, local businesses the college works with and adult learning centres. The report recognises that good progress had been made since the last inspection in January 2014, in a num…


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  • Abingdon & Witney College picks up a prestigious RoSPA Award

    Abingdon & Witney College is a winner at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017. The College achieved the Silver award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). They will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates …


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  • College on shortlist for AAT provider award

    Abingdon & Witney College are in the running for a prestigious award at this year’s Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Training Provider Conference. The original 113 nominees across 14 award categories have now been whittled down to a final 52. One of these categories, Training Provider of the Year (Medium), will see the College battle it out against three worthy competitors – London-based The Training Place of Excellence, Pre…


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  • Creative students demonstrate their artistic talents in Didcot

    Students from across Abingdon & Witney College’s art department are currently showcasing their finest work at the Cornerstone Gallery in Didcot. Studying Level 2, 3 and 4 courses in communications, art, design and photography, the students were inspired by a recent trip to Amsterdam, taking influence from some of the city’s most iconic landmarks such as the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. The exhibition promises to be a feast …


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  • College bags top county apprenticeship awards

    Abingdon & Witney College had much to cheer about last night at the inaugural 2017 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards, hosted at the Marlborough Enterprise Centre in Woodstock. Eighteen finalists battled it out across eight categories during the three-hour event run by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP). The Awards celebrate the achievements of local employers, training providers, schools and apprentices. The College an…


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  • Abingdon Eagles set to soar with new basketball hoops

    Whether it’s students enjoying a game during their Enrichment break, students from the Sports course, or one of the many teams who hire it out, equipment in the College’s sports hall has over time become somewhat ‘well used’. However, the installation of brand new basketball hoops has now completely changed the space, and it is not only benefiting the College. Abingdon Eagles (AEBC), a new local basketball club who were responsible for…


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