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Celebrating 60 years
THROUGH THE DECADES
Of DElivERinG HiGH qUAliTy EDUCATiOn AnD TRAininG AT OUR pARk CRESCEnT CAmpUS
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We are proud and excited to be celebrating 6o years of delivering high quality education and training from the Park Crescent Campus. The College has certainly come a long way from its beginnings as a small technical college; post Second World War, where the majority of its students were apprentices. Peterborough Technical College, as we were known then, decided to relocate from the city centre location in 1953 to our current campus between Park Crescent and Eastﬁeld Road.
In 2007, we formed University Centre Peterborough with our partner Anglia Ruskin University and built a dedicated facility on the College’s campus. UCP now has over 800 undergraduates studying on a range of degree pathways. In 2009, we set up a state of the art media and journalism centre based in Peterborough’s city centre. In 2011, the College established Jobsmart in both Peterborough and Wisbech to support unemployed individuals into work.
Still well known for apprenticeships and engineering and construction based subjects, the College branched out initially into business courses, hospitality and catering, hairdressing and sports based short courses. Peterborough Regional College is now the largest education provider in the area providing courses in all subject sectors and delivering over 644 diﬀerent further education and 30 higher education qualiﬁcations during the 2012/13 academic year.
More recently the College has established specialist subsidiary companies. In 2012, Anglia Professional Training began trading providing accountancy and ﬁnancial services training for local businesses. In 2013, PRC Ventures has been created to manage the learning company activity within the College which will provide commercial learning environments for students to aid their development and employability.
Since 1953 to present day we estimate around 600,000 students have studied at the College. And with our achievement rates now well above England averages we are pleased to be supporting young people and adults in fulﬁlling their career aspirations; businesses in training their workforce; and the local economy through growth, regeneration and community cohesion.
Support for students has always been a priority for PRC. The extensive support services at the College ensure the success of students at all levels, abilities and backgrounds. In 2010, as ﬁnancial support for students was being reduced by central government, we set up an educational charity, The Peterborough Educational Trust, which now supports students at the College in a number of diﬀerent categories.
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Investment in the campus and the teaching and learning accommodation is a continuing priority. We are currently part way through a ÂŁ5million investment in the campus which includes new entrances and a state of the art enterprise lounge due to open shortly. This will complement our new enterprise and entrepreneurial qualiďŹ cations, launched last academic year. We, as a college, are extremely proud of what we have achieved and how we have served the community and local business over the past 60 years. We are pleased to celebrate this with you and look forward to the future successes of Peterborough Regional College.
Angela Joyce Principal & Chief Executive
Raising aspiration, realising
potential and inspiring success . . . celebrating 60 years.
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1950s first steps insid e!
J.A mcintrye, principal - 1953
The ﬁrst Chairman of the Board was Arthur Mellows before the College was located on the Park Crescent Campus
The original design for the Peterborough Technical College was the result of a nationwide competition and the estimated cost of building was £276,025
Work began on the ﬁrst phase
Opening of the ﬁrst phase at Eastﬁeld by Lord Percy of Newcastle – the well known educationalist and former President of the Board of Education
1,902 students were enrolled on mostly day release courses – over 1,000 were studying Engineering
A new secretarial course was introduced for girls
Received the ﬁrst civic visit from the Mayor of Peterborough
John Mansﬁeld was the Chair of Governors and Frank Perkins and Jack Hunt were Governors
Oﬃcial opening of the second phase
2,503 students were enrolled – 144 on full-time courses and 2,359 on part-time and evening courses. 539 were female and 1,964 were male
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eâ€™s Official Opening prog
ramme - 1953
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1959 Electrical machines lab -
Engineering staff and students - 1953
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icle class in a
motor vehicle Workshop
ction - 1953
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1950s Harry Hadfield, one of the original lecturers from Peterborough Technical College, speaks of his experiences. I, along with three other lecturers and Principal Charles Victor Vinten Fenton, opened the College back in 1946. The ﬁrst home of the then, Peterborough Technical College was on the corner of Westgate and Long Causeway and then moved to Park Crescent in 1953. I went into teaching mechanical engineering after the war, as I had the experience from having worked on the gas turbine jet engine for Rolls Royce at a secret factory in Lancashire. I started teaching night classes and loved it so much so I thought I would study for my teaching qualiﬁcation. Before I got the job at Peterborough College I had been to Peterborough as a boy and I remember having loved it. It was a semi agricultural city and there were wide streets with trees in the middle of them. Back then, the College was set up by local companies, because they needed skilled men and women for the City. I wanted to really grab this role and
opportunity with both hands, following the war as a fresh start. I had to leave my wife at home to live with my parents temporarily while I went to live in lodgings. We ﬁve members of staﬀ set up an oﬃce in New Road, Peterborough city centre and it was from there we went round factories like Hotpoint, Perkins, Baker Perkins, Peter Brotherhoods, Mitchell Engineering and Newall Engineering, enrolling apprentices along the way. These students made up the College’s ﬁrst students. We always had a good relationship with these companies; I remember I could just walk in and talk to anyone there. We were the only college of our kind at the time and we worked closely with these businesses and in return they kept us informed of any new developments in the industry. I remember some college staﬀ moving to Peter’s Court before taking over the shop, which had served as a YWCA hostel during the Second World War before they then made the decision to move to Park Crescent.
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1960s local mayor ha
nds over new f ord car - 1966
A four year HND in Mechanical Engineering cost 75 shillings
The College introduced the ﬁrst full-time hairdressing course
The College had its own computer – a Data General Nova, a gas turbine, a closed circuit TV and a language lab
The third and fourth phases were oﬃcially opened on 19 March
Total number of students reaches 3,636
First female to study on an engineering course
The College employs the ﬁrst full-time catering lecturer
Fifth phase was opened by Princess Alexandra
Total number of students reaches 5,309
motor vehicle students get demonstration - 1965
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1960s Richard Cowling – Former HNC Construction student I was thrilled to read that my old college is celebrating its 60th anniversary and may I take this opportunity to congratulate all of the tutors, ancillary staﬀ and students old and new for reaching this milestone in its continuing development. Having been born and raised in Wisbech, I attended Wisbech Grammar School from September 1951 to July 1956 where I took the old GCE O-level examinations with only nominal success. In January of 1956, some six months before leaving school, I applied for and was successful in obtaining a Saturday morning (yes Saturday morning) and school holiday placement with a local architects' practice, Messrs Parker and Parker where I very soon realised that the architectural profession was the career for me. On leaving school, in July 1956, I was immediately taken on by the same Messrs Parker and Parker as a full-time trainee architectural draughtsman on a mind-blowing salary of 5/- (i.e. 25p per week). This was the way things were in those days when trainees and apprentices accepted a low salary, realising that they were learning a profession or trade that would beneﬁt them as they moved on through the future years of their careers.
In September 1956, I enrolled at Wisbech Technical College, again in its infant years, on the day release ONC in Building course. That year proved very successful for me under the leadership of their Head of Building at the time, Mr Winder. However due to insuﬃcient numbers on that course, I transferred to Peterborough Technical College, again on day release courses from September 1957 until July 1961 where I successfully completed ONC years 2 and 3 in Building and HNC years 1 and 2 in Building. In 1959 I also moved to a new employer, Messrs Ruddle and Wilkinson, architects and surveyors, at that time based in Long Causeway Chambers, Peterborough.
pottery stud ents get cre a
tive - 1969
I was very fortunate indeed to have taken my ONC and HNC courses under the leadership of Mr H K Padgett, Head of Building, who, I have to state here, without any fear of contradiction, was the most professional and helpful tutor and/or lecturer that I have had dealings with throughout my entire career. Even now, as I reach the age of 73 years and having been retired for some seven years I still remember Mr Padgett with a great deal of respect, aﬀection and admiration. My career has taken me on an interesting journey through private and local authority and in the ﬁnal three years I became a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) of which I am now proud to be a life member.
e College - 1961
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s on own the working sh g in be ts en Stud ter - 1967 Collegeâ€™s compu
uct experiments nd co ts en ud st Biology
the Refectory food co
urt - 1965
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Councillor Marco Cereste – former Peterborough Regional College student, local businessman and Leader of Peterborough City Council. I started my education at Orton Longueville Secondary Modern School, a small school then with limited subjects and facilities. By the time it came to studying my GCSEs or O-levels back then, my school had an agreement with Peterborough Regional College for me to go and study some of my subjects like maths and physics, further at the Park Crescent site. I was lucky to get this opportunity as I was considered as one of the students predicted to do well. So in 1965 I arrived at PRC. Some areas looking pretty similar still to how I remember! I have fond memories from my maths or physics teacher Mr Black, and remember Mr McIntyre was Principal at the time. I was really pleased with my overall grades, coming out with eleven
O-levels. My head teacher was trying to push me into further academic studies but I felt I had achieved all I could at school and needed more. Councillor marco Cereste Although I had a strong interest in art and history, I had also started building up my own businesses at the age of 16 so I knew this was the path I wanted to pursue. Having struggled to keep focused at school, I knew an education was important and I didn’t give up. So at 16, I enrolled on a two year business course at Peterborough Regional College. I remember thoroughly enjoying my time at college and always looked forward to going which must be a good thing! I learnt about ‘real’ subjects relating to business like law and economics, areas that I knew I would ﬁnd valuable in my future careers. I also remember attending computer studies when the ﬁrst computers were coming out, as I knew this would be an important factor to business in the years to come.
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n - 1969 rt in actio o p s in s e rs Short cou
Chefs cook up a stor m - 1969
In my arrogance I didn’t sit the ﬁnal exams for my business qualiﬁcations, which I do regret, but I was so keen to get out into the world of work and start up my own ventures. At 18 years old I was opening my ﬁrst deli with my parents, alongside my antiques business that I had started. I realised later in life just how important an education was and was keen to get back into learning. I returned to PRC as a part-time student learning languages, something I really loved. At one time I think I was actually studying three languages at once, Spanish, French and Italian. I remember very well Professor Chirico who taught Italian and also Professor Richardson who taught Spanish. I worked very closely with PRC and my Italian contacts to support the College’s summer school which ran very successfully for a number of
Chemistry student microscope - 1965s under the
years, bringing students over from Italy to learn English. At the age of 45 I also studied for my MBA (Masters in Business Administration). Even my father, aged 65 came to Peterborough Regional College to study electronics and then languages part-time. He loved every minute of it. Getting out, meeting new people and learning something new. And that’s what I love about Peterborough Regional College, no matter who you are, what age or how academic you are, you can study your chosen subjects and go on to be very successful. I feel it certainly helped me learn the foundations to succeed within my ventures over the years. Nowadays I am enjoying getting involved with the College as a Governor, and also with University Centre Peterborough, as I feel this is a very positive asset to the City. I also enjoy the occasional meal in your Parcs Restaurant! So keep up the good work!
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1970s Art studen
ts in action
The oﬃcial opening of the new motor vehicle training centre
The College curriculum is split into seven diﬀerent departments. Today there are 13 curriculum areas within 3 faculties.
Student Union is oﬃcially aﬃliated with National Union of Students in February of this year
26 full-time courses were available
First female school leaver to become a full-time apprentice engineer
The College Salon operates as a commercial enterprise
First college open day took place showcasing all subject areas in January of this year
PRC employed 192 full-time and 120 part-time members of staﬀ and had a student body of 7,000
Construction Technical students
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Pictured left: April 1975 - New Computer Facilities -Councillor Horrell tests out the computer 'brain' watched by Mr R I MacGregor(head of maths) and Mr P E Gosling(senior lecturer)
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Aerial View of College - 1975
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Brian Redshaw - Former Peterborough Regional College student, to Vice Principal for Resources & Business Innovation at PRC. I left school in 1974 with some good O-levels results. Staying on at school wasn’t an option for me, and like many other people I had been applying for apprenticeships during my last year at school. My Dad was very pro-apprenticeship believing that a trade gave you a job for life. I applied for several apprenticeships with local companies and got oﬀered jobs at Perkins, Baker Perkins and Eastern Electricity. Apprenticeships were available with lots of companies in those days; I decided to pick Eastern Electricity who I joined for a four year apprenticeship to be an Electrician. The ﬁrst year of my apprenticeship was spent at the Electricity Board training school near Romford which meant living away from home. In those days Eastern Electricity provided excellent training for its apprentices. My ﬁrst experience of FE was at Havering Technical College where I went on block release until I moved back to Peterborough and in 1975 started at what was then called Peterborough Technical College, studying the Electrical Technician course on day release which was a ﬁve year programme. I was very proud to be a student prize winner on three occasions whilst I was studying here. Further education suited me very well, I could see the relevance of my learning to my job and the lecturers
were all very knowledgeable and helpful. Three lecturers in particular were very inﬂuential on my career, John Wilkinson, Laurence Brettell and Lionel Essam, and later on I was lucky to work with them all when I became a lecturer at the College. I ﬁnished my qualiﬁcations in 1979 and was then a fully qualiﬁed electrician with Eastern Electricity working on a variety of contracting Brian Redshaw projects. I later became an Installation Inspector. I have always been ambitious and by the mid 80s I was thinking how I could develop my career. In 1987 I saw a job advertised at the College for a Lecturer in Electrical Installation Work, I applied and got the job! I joined the Electrical Engineering Department and worked alongside the people who had previously taught me as a student. As a new entrant to teaching, the College supported me to undertake my teacher training, undergraduate and post graduate studies. I ﬁnd it very rewarding to look back and see students who I taught in my early teaching career now successfully running their own businesses.
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Brickwork students - 19
Since 1987 I have held a number of positions at the College and have been very fortunate to be able to develop my career within the same organisation. From lecturer, I became Workgroup Leader, then in the late 90’s I was promoted to Quality Improvement Manager, then to Executive Director of Quality and Planning before I became Vice Principal in 2005. I was particularly proud to be the College Inspection Nominee in 2004 when Ofsted graded the College ‘Good’ and to be part of our very successful 2011 inspection when we were graded ‘Good’ with outstanding features. Since my time as a student, the College has undergone many changes. In the mid 70s the construction workshop had not been built and the electrical engineering classrooms were where our performing arts department is now located! The College has the ability to continually develop and change to ensure that it meets
Drama students taking a bre ak – 1975 the needs of the local community. The curriculum has changed to respond to new demands and the buildings have been altered accordingly. When I started work at the College the Principal was Mr Sheen, since then I have had the pleasure to work directly with three other Principals. All of whom have brought their own passion for further education to the College. I strongly believe that further education is the best sector of our countries education system, and probably the most undervalued. Despite millions of pounds being spent on our schools, somehow they still don’t meet the needs of many of our young people and it is the further education system that gives these people new opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge and
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Student award winners - 1976 gain employment or progress to further or higher education. I am immensely proud to work at the College. Our staﬀ work incredibly hard and every year we help thousands of young people succeed. Peterborough should also be very proud of Peterborough Regional College. The College has a very bright future and I’m sure it will still be serving the local community in another 60 years time. It will continue to adapt to meet local and political circumstances and is certainly becoming more commercially focused. I am sure it will remain a great place to work and to study and will continue to transform the lives of local people and help provide skilled labour to drive the local economy.
Creative living course – 1974
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kshop - 1973
Wor motor vehicle
Hanging Chess set - 1974
College introduce new mu
sic course - 1973
Student award winners â€“ 1974
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PRC employed 217 full-time and 120 part-time members of staďŹ€ and had a student body of 6,000
Peterborough Technical College was renamed Peterborough Regional College
The College Nursery opens
PRC now has a total student body of more than 12,000 including 1,200 full time students
The College oďŹ€ered foundation degrees in conjunction with De Montfort University
The College won best Gents Haircut at a regional hairdressing competition
Won regional competition for hair and make-up in a Starlight Express production
80 Workshop - 19 Timber Trades
urse - 1981
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1980s Gary Hyman former Motor Vehicle student – now Regional Sales Manager at Aston Martin in America – says it is all down to his course here.
The tuition I received at Peterborough Regional College was a very strong foundation of automotive mechanics and the industry and the lecturers I was fortunate enough to have were hugely inspiring to me.
I was a full-time student beginning in 1982 studying automotive technology before doing my apprenticeship with the Peterborough City Council and continuing my studies on day release. After my apprenticeship, I went to work as a technician for Marshall Jaguar in Peterborough for ﬁve years before embarking on a successful partnership in a garage called Nene Jaguar Specialists. After two years I sold my share and headed for the US having always longed to travel across the Atlantic. Here I worked as a shop foreman for a Jaguar dealer in Boston Massachusetts. After ﬁve years there I moved on to become workshop manager for Jaguar and Land Rover Houston in Texas and ﬁnally in 2008 I had the opportunity to work for a manufacturer and joined Aston Martin North America as Regional After Sales Manager for the company covering Texas, the southwest and southern California.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Roger Dewey, Keith Lofts, and the entire motor vehicle department at the College in launching me on a career in automotive spanning 30 years, and I would like to take the opportunity to wish Roger a long and happy retirement.
I have very fond memories of my time at Peterborough Technical College as it was then and from an early age I knew that all I wanted to do was work with cars.
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Group of st udent chefs
College Creche - 1989
Construction St udents building bungalow - 1980 s
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1980s - Construction and brickwork workshop
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Art Student - 19
Parcs Restaurant was oﬃcially opened in May by the Prime Minister, John Major
PRC has 1,600 full-time students and 13,000 part-time students
The College now has over 300 computers and around 15,000 students, 2,000 of these studying on a full-time course
PRC became a Corporation under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992
Degrees were oﬀered at PRC
Performing Arts courses introduced including the BTEC National in Performing Arts
PRC’s ﬁrst Freshers’ Fair is held in September 1995
Video conferencing facilities ﬁrst installed at PRC in a project which was the ﬁrst of its kind in the country
PRC’s ﬁrst graduation ceremony
BTEC National in Sport Studies introduced
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1990s Emma Bull; former PRC Student, now Creative Director for high profile music events, working with musicians such as Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Leona Lewis and Westlife. I started at Peterborough Regional College back in 1997 on the BTEC National Diploma Course in Performing Arts. We were based in the old Hightrees building on Eastﬁeld Road, just set back from the main campus. The students there had a real sense of community within the performing arts and media courses and I remember being treated as an adult by the tutors in a ‘real’ working and industry relevant environment. I studied the practical side of performing arts, acting, dance and drama but I found I favoured the technical side behind the performances for example theatre craft. The preparation and self development that I achieved under the guidance of Sadie Tibbett, our tutor and other members of the teaching team was immense as they were so enthusiastic and passionate about their craft. Being taught by ex industry professionals really made a diﬀerence and meant that there was a huge resource of inspiration and talent to learn from.
I am now a Creative Director in the music industry, directing and designing performances for high proﬁle, international pop artists such as Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Leona Lewis, Westlife and more. I have also been involved in the Olympic opening ceremony 2012 along with the Royal Variety Performance in 2012.
After my two year course at PRC, I went on to study a BA Hons in Lighting Design at the Rose Bruford School of Speech & Drama.
I deﬁnitely believe my own career success can be traced back to what I learnt at Peterborough Regional College.
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parcs Restaurant newly op
e – 1996 Computer suit
cussion in pro
ened – 1992
gress – 1996
Ceremony first pRC Graduation Cathedral – 1996
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2000s new archaeolog action - 2005
y class in
Performing Arts student secures £30,000 scholarship to top London dance school
Student mechanic, Gavin Lester beat thousands of hopefuls to take part in the World Skills Championship in Korea
The ﬁrst cohort of 14-16 year old learners joined PRC on day release from their school to study vocational qualiﬁcations
Talks began with Anglia Ruskin University to develop a university campus for the City
Plumbing courses for women launched
Sports science student Alan Burton plays cricket for Australia
First female to complete and qualify from Motor Vehicle qualiﬁcation
University Centre Peterborough recruits ﬁrst ever students
University Centre Peterborough is oﬃcially opened
Media & Journalism Centre opens on Broadway, Peterborough by actor Ralph Little, star of the Royale Family
2009/10 PRC apprentice Luke Harrison wins Regional Young Apprentice of the Year
perfor min ga
rts produc tion - 2006
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Media Student - 2005
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2000s Daniel Smith, former Peterborough Regional College student now a Professional Chef, having worked in a number of high profile venues. I started at PRC in 2006 and left in 2009, having successfully completed NVQ levels 1-3 in Professional Cookery and also NVQ 1 and 2 in Food & Beverage Service. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Peterborough Regional College, particularly preparing and serving the food for the large awards evenings and open days. One of my best memories was taking part in a guest chef evening with chefs from local establishments. And I particularly remember the milkshakes from the coﬀee shop being really good! Terry Windsor invested a lot of his time in me and pushed me to be the best I could be. Without him I don’t think I would be at the level I am today. Once I left college I was fortunate to obtain a Commis Chef position at Claridges in London, where I worked for 2 1/2 years working on all sections. I then moved away from London to work as a Chef de Partie at Hambleton Hall in Rutland which is a 1 Michelin star boutique hotel and I worked there for a year.
Following this I worked in a few local well known hotels but in April 2013 I started a new job, at the Olive Branch country pub in Clipsham, Rutland. My position here is Sous Chef with a lot of responsibility. I have covered all sections in the kitchen and my main job is to run the kitchen on a daily basis. Since working at the Olive Branch we have been successful in gaining the award for Best Pub of the Year 2014 in the Good Pub Guide. I would deﬁnitely say that going to college was a great move for me rather than staying on at school. I learnt a trade or specialist subject for the career I wanted to go into and I also believe the best way is to learn the trade and gain experience practically, rather than learning it from a book. That’s how I found the courses at PRC, it was so practical, working alongside industry specialists in a real restaurant environment. I deﬁnitely believe my own career success can be traced back to what I learnt at Peterborough Regional College.
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2010s “Peterborough Regional College is a strongly improving and good college because of very good leadership, experienced and capable management and the unequivocal commitment of all staﬀ to provide the very best for learners.” “The aspiration of becoming an outstanding college is a realistic one.” Ofsted 2012
Angela Joyce becomes the youngest ever Principal & CEO in the FE sector
PRC Rugby Development student Matt Willis tackles England Trials
Peter Jones Enterprise Academy set up at PRC
Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP visits the College and says ‘this is one (college) to watch’
Motor Vehicle Workshop gets a re-vamp
The College Finance Team wins TES FE Award
PRC partner up with Peterborough United Football Club for their Football Development Centre delivery
Learners met Prince Charles at East of England Showground Event
To recognise NEETs work at PRC, learners attend a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons
College’s new electric car is world record holder
College receive ‘good’ Ofsted report, with ‘outstanding’ features
Social & Digital Media Apprenticeship launch with partners Digital Youth Academy
College purchase Anglia Accountancy Training to create Anglia Professional Training
PRC celebrate their 1000th apprentice in one academic year 2012/13
Record number of students apply for courses
The College leads the way with new courses in Horse Management and Aeronautical Engineering
The College launches their new employment services division – Jobsmart
The College is awarded the NHS You’re Welcome standard
Student Vernon Horne selected for England Colleges Rugby Team
Students commended for AoC Beacon Award
New £1.3 million art and brickwork facility, The Fisher Building oﬃcially opened by The Mayor of Peterborough
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2010 to present 2013
Proud teacher, Roger Dewey leaves college after 50 years service
Invested a further £4.9 million in college facilities
College launch learning companies in new subsidiary, PRC Ventures
College sponsor, showcase and have 3 students competing in The World Skills UK in Birmingham
The prestigious matrix accreditation is awarded for providing high quality information, advice and guidance across the Park Crescent campus
Parcs Restaurant successfully gains a number of awards including a Gold Accreditation from the Hospitality Guild and an AA College Rosette.
College joins the Gazelle group, a national group of colleges to encourage new business and enterprise within curriculum
RoSPA Gold Award given to PRC for the attention to health & safety in the workplace
The College Nursery is given a ‘Good’ Ofsted grade after a surprise visit
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erprise Building the Ent for 2013
Anglia Professional Training
new hair salon opened - 2011
Animal care course launched - 2012
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2010 to present Sue Stanley, Peterborough Regional College Complementary Therapies student now running her own business, Bodyworks. In August 2012 I was made redundant. I had been a Chartered Surveyor for over 26 years and since having children had worked part-time. I knew the likelihood of me ﬁnding another part-time surveying position was probably non-existent and I didn’t want to stay at home all week so I quickly had a look at the PRC website to see what courses were on oﬀer. When I had been at school I had always shown a great interest in sport and had originally wanted to be a Physiotherapist and help those with sports injuries. All those years ago, the opportunities to study were not as abundant as they are today and frankly my parents could not aﬀord to send me to university. I had however, been lucky and found an apprenticeship, which had allowed me to qualify as a Surveyor. Now I felt, was my time to re-assess and maybe have a change of career. I saw the complementary therapies course and thought that this could be my gateway into becoming a Sports Massage Therapist. Joining the course was all a bit quick. I met with the Course Director on the Thursday and started the following Tuesday! I didn’t really have time to think about it, which was probably a good thing as studying full time, having two children and a home to look after – well if you’d ask me now I must have been blooming mad!
The great thing about the course was the range of people, not just in age but cultures, backgrounds and personalities. The lecturers were very professional, which was so diﬀerent to when I had studied nearly 30 years ago when some teachers just didn’t bother turning up. I made some good friends and some of the younger students even called me Mum! Well I was older than their own Mums so I couldn’t really complain! The course has reignited my interest in massage and I have now undertaken an Infant Massage course, through the International Association of Infant Massage. I have set up my own business in Baston, Lincolnshire, carrying out Swedish massage, aromatherapy, reﬂexology and teaching infant massage. Once I have established my business further I plan to take a course in sports massage. I have a website now set up www.bodyworks.me.uk where my clients can book through. The quality of education that I received at Peterborough Regional College was excellent and I do not regret for one moment taking a year out to retrain.
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media students in action in the new Tv studios at the media & Journalism Centre – 2010
Sports students in the College gym – 2011
Clients having a pamper at
Revive Salon – 2011
new peter Jones Enterprise Academy suite – 2012
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ing ills Awards even Sk in e nc le el xc E winners - 2010
Horse management course starts - 2011
science laboratories -
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â€“ 2012 visits the College
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2010 to present Phil Simmonds, former Peterborough Regional College Music student now, Professional Bass Player, Musical Director and Producer. I started at Peterborough Regional College in 2005 on the BTEC First Diploma in Music moving onto the National Diploma until I left in 2008. My course helped me expand my knowledge as a musician, learning diﬀerent styles and genres of music and how you adapt your playing to suit diﬀerent situations. The facilities were great and the tutors were too, they really pushed me to develop as a player. College really gave me the tools I needed to be able to work in the music industry. When I left PRC I went on to study a degree at Tech Music School in London. I also toured Europe with a French Artist called Christophe Willem and London based band Mountain of One. From there I went on tour worldwide with Jessie J for 2 ½ years and also
did some work for Leona Lewis, Alexis Jordan and Plan B on Radio 1 Live Lounges and various TV shows in the UK and Europe. I have launched and run my own funk night in London called W3 Music Live, which now runs once a month at Ronnie Scotts in Soho, London, where we invite up and coming artists from all around the UK to come and perform with our varying house band. I am currently the Musical Director for US rapper called Angel Haze who is signed to Universal Republic Records in the US and Island Records here in the UK, as well as trying to ﬁnish my own album with my band Bassment Project. We are ﬁnishing recording our debut album and have collaborated with current UK artists Rizzle Kicks as well as Miami based soul artist Betty Wright. All my memories from college are good and I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am if it wasn’t for PRC.
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2010 to present Christopher Smith studied the BTEC National Diploma in Production Arts (Technical) (2008-2010), and went on to become Assistant Stage Manager for the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies When I ﬁrst signed up to my course at PRC, I was someone who didn't know what they wanted to do as a career and had no real background experience in working in theatre. All I knew was that I had a passion for the industry and the closest I had come to experience was growing up watching numerous shows at the Key Theatre, Peterborough. One of my ﬁrst highlights of my time at PRC was December 2008 when the College was doing their annual 'Festival' show, which is a variety show showcasing the talents of the students from all the performing arts areas; acting, dancing and music. My job role for the show was follow spot operator and it was the ﬁrst time I had worked on a show to a large audience. To this day I can still remember the buzz I got once the show had ﬁnished and right then and there I knew that this was the right career for me! I had a great two years at PRC and over that time I developed more into the stage management side of technical theatre. Other highlights of my time at PRC would be; working at the Key Theatre for the ﬁrst time on PRC's production of 'West Side Story', being asked to be the Technical Stage Manager for a production of 'Twelfth Night' at the Peterborough Museum, being Stage Manager for PRC's 2009 'Festival' show and ﬁnally being selected to be the Deputy Stage Manager for the College's big musical production of 'Footloose' at the Key Theatre.
I graduated from PRC in 2010 and that same summer I got oﬀered a place on the Stage Management & Technical Theatre course at one of the best drama schools in the UK, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). I spent two years at LAMDA developing the skills and knowledge I had originally learnt at PRC. During my second year at LAMDA, representatives from the London 2012 Ceremonies team were visiting diﬀerent drama schools around the UK looking for individuals to be Assistant Stage Manager's (ASM) for the Olympic & Paralympic ceremonies and after some interviews, I was fortunate to be oﬀered an ASM position and got to work on both the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Opening & Closing ceremonies, a position which I am most proud of! Since the summer of 2012 I have been working at diﬀerent theatres around the UK as a Freelance Stage Manager, as I begin to make my way into the world of Stage Management, but I will never forget where my journey ﬁrst started at Peterborough Regional College!
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new projects 2013 - Sod cutting
Artist’s impression of new sport’s hall
on of new Artist’s impressi 2013 main entrance -
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Artist’s impression of Eastfield Rd - 2013
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