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College bags two more top awards

Principal Pauline Hagen with some students at New College,  achieves Leaders in Diversity award. (p622a425)

Principal Pauline Hagen with some students at New College, achieves Leaders in Diversity award. (p622a425)

Students and staff at Pontefract NEW College are celebrating after scooping an award for diversity and equality.

The Park Lane college was ranked best in the country in a glowing report by Ofsted inspectors last month.

Now, the celebrations are underway again after the college became one of only five in the country to achieve the Leaders in Diversity award.

Given by the National Centre for Diversity, it recognises the work the college has done to promote equality and diversity among its staff and students.

Pauline Hagen, principal, said: “It is fantastic that we have won this prestigious award, but the work doesn’t stop here.

“It means we have to make sure we sustain it and push on to prove that we deserve to be given the award.”

The report from the National Centre for Diversity praises the progress made since Ms Hagen took over as principal and added that commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion was not only evident from the leadership team but throughout all staff and students.

Ms Hagen added: “The award shows that we are at the cutting edge of creating diversity within the college.

“We promote it among absolutely everyone who is a part of NEW College.”

The college has also has received the Association for Physical Education’s Quality Mark for Physical Education and Sport.

The award recognises the college’s commitment to improving sport for its students.

Tom Shepherd, head of PE, said: “This award reflects the high quality teaching provided by NEW College PE staff every day.

“Our students are motivated, organised and successful, and to be the first key stage five provider to receive this award is extra special.”

 

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