This academic year, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) students and staff raised £1,295.38 to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, the leading children’s hospice charity, caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.
Supporting the charity over the last 3 years is important to RuTC, as it contributes to the commitment to provide essential care to children and their families. Supported Learning students hosted a Christmas bake sale, which raised £65.50, and a raffle raised another £157.87. In addition, the students collected the content of 5p bottles from all over the college throughout the year and raised £251.82. The college’s training restaurant Merits hosted two charity lunches, adding £517. Student Services organised additional activities around Christmas time, including a staff pop up choir, festive dress day, raffle and bake sale, raising another £303.09.
Sharon Cousins, Assistant Principal Student Experience at RuTC, said: “Shooting Star Children’s Hospices is a very worthwhile charity which RuTC actively supports. We are delighted that the money students and staff raised will benefit such an important service to the local community.”
On Thursday 15 August, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) reported its A Level results for 2019. The overall A Level pass rate was 95.7% with 65.2% of students gaining A*-C grades – an increase on the previous year. 66% of A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rates.
345 students are expected to be going on to university, including many Russell group universities.
Jason Jones, Acting Principal and CEO at RuTC, commented, “I’m delighted with the results our students have achieved. As in previous years, our 2019 A Level results place us once again as one of the top performing Further Education colleges and largest providers of A Level programmes in London. These results are a testament to the hard work and determination of our students, the support of their families and the dedication and commitment of our excellent staff, and I would like to thank everyone for their great efforts and consistently high standards. We wish all our students the best in achieving their ambitions in the future and are looking forward to welcoming our new ambitious students this September.”
Student, Rufus Irvine, achieved A* grade in Sociology, A grade in English Language, A grade in Politics and said, “I was really shocked when I opened my results, I think I’d convinced myself that it was best to think moderately, so it was a real surprise when I saw those grades; I couldn’t stop shaking for at least an hour. The grades I achieved mean that I was accepted on to my course to study English Language and Linguistics at the University of Kent, and entitles me to their academic excellence scholarship, which provides money each year, and this makes university feel far more affordable, meaning my efforts definitely paid off, both in self-worth and finance.”
He added, “I would attribute much of my success to the incredible teaching staff across the whole English, Humanities, and Social Science department, with a special mention to my Politics and Sociology teacher, Kasim Agpak, for being an incredible teacher who pushed me to my fullest, but also offered unconditional support.”
Alicia Seaman, who achieved grade B in Business, grade B in Psychology and grade A* in Sociology, said, “I came into college today to find out my A Level results and did not expect to get my first choice of university, so when I saw my grades I was really relieved. They enable me to study Occupational Therapy at the University of Southampton. I really enjoyed all of my subjects at Richmond upon Thames College and could always rely on teachers to give me the best support possible. I feel well prepared to leave college now and start a new chapter at university.”
Have a look at some of our students' amazing results:
On Saturday 6 July, Catering students and staff took the college’s new food van on it's debut external trip to ‘The Big Bash’, a music festival in Dorking.
The festival was originally set up by a group of friends and has been growing ever since, counting 1,200 visitors this year who enjoyed numerous live bands, DJs and a silent disco. It is an invite only event for local residents and businesses and takes place every other year. Proceeds are used to support children in northern Sudan.
Out of 17 approached colleges and catering providers, RuTC was chosen as the only caterer at the festival. Nonstop from 7pm to 3.30am, Catering students and staff served the crowd food on sustainable palm leaf plates. Dishes included Moroccan chicken with couscous, pickled spiralised vegetables with pomegranate; a 5 bean chili with quinoa and flatbread; Belgian waffles; bacon sandwiches and a full English breakfast.
The food van is giving RuTC’s Catering students a lot of practical experience and enabled this amazing opportunity. The van is also used at the college’s new campus construction site to serve lunch to ISG staff, was used at the end of year staff awards ceremony and offers staff breakfast and lunch over the summer break.