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Judges praise college's work

PUBLISHED: 23:11 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

A STOWMARKET college for has been highly commended for its work with students with learning disabilities.

West Suffolk College, which has a centre in Stowmarket, was as one of three colleges shortlisted for the English Churches' Award for Sustainable Development in the annual Association of Colleges Beacon Awards, which attracted 25 applications.

A STOWMARKET college for has been highly commended for its work with students with learning disabilities.

West Suffolk College, which has a centre in Stowmarket, was as one of three colleges shortlisted for the English Churches' Award for Sustainable Development in the annual Association of Colleges Beacon Awards, which attracted 25 applications.

The college was narrowly beaten by into second place by Loreto College,

which works in the Moss Side area of Manchester.

Nick Foster, principal of West Suffolk College, said: "Our work to develop and promote life and work skills programmes for people with learning difficulties at five of our Local Learning Centres in Haverhill, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Stowmarket and Sudbury as well as the Bury St Edmunds site, attracted high praise."

During 2000/2001, around 250 students were enrolled on a programme of courses that included Using Computers, Horticulture, Meal Preparation, Popular Culture and Performing Arts. The scheme was the result of a partnership between West Suffolk College, Community Education, Social Services and private care providers.

The AoC Beacon Awards recognise outstanding teaching and learning in Further Education. West Suffolk College was highly commended by the judges, who praised the high standards achieved and described the submission as being of the highest quality and interest.

The winning college got a cash prizes of around £4,000 – but although the teachers and pupils in Stowmarket had to make do with a commendation, they were more than happy, added a college spokeswoman.

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