A senior government minister today visited New City College and met with a group of 14-16 year old students and learnt how they are prospering and growing by studying at a further education college, rather than at school.
Damian Hinds, MP, Secretary of State for Education came to the College's Arbour Square campus in Stepney, E1, and was given a tour of the campus facilities and discussed with teaching staff how the college has developed its provision for students aged 14-16 years.
Mr Hinds was keen to learn more about how New City College is helping support them succeed in their education, particularly those who may be struggling to settle in mainstream school, or those just newly arrived in the UK and finding it difficult to get a school place.
During his visit today to New City College, Mr Hinds said:
It was a pleasure to visit New City College to meet the engaged students and hardworking staff.
Whether they're starting in a UK school for the very first time or have found mainstream schools challenging, all young people deserve access to education that works for them and New City College is making that a reality.
The New Arrivals programme and New Horizons programme are fantastic initiatives for those who need more support settling into education. It was great to hear about how the college's provision helps students achieve their goals. I wish the students and teachers every success.
He finished his visit with a discussion with a group of 14-16 GCSE students and hearing why they are enjoying learning at the college as well as their future education and career aspirations, which included becoming a teacher, an astrophysicist, a civil servant, electrical engineer and a biomedic.
Mr Gerry McDonald, CEO and Principal of New City College said:
We appreciate the Secretary of State's visit to our campus today and meeting with our students and hearing first-hand from them about how much they are enjoying learning in a further education college environment.
We are very proud of our provision for students aged 14-16 years and that many of them continue to progress successfully with us.
New City College offers a comprehensive study programme for students aged 14-16 years, including a wide choice of GCSE subjects and, where necessary, dedicated English language teaching.
It offers two routes of entry, a New Arrivals programme for students newly arrived in the UK and a New Horizons programme for students struggling to settle at mainstream school.