At the beginning of March, some of RuTC’s Plumbing apprentices went to Futurebuild 2020, an annual exhibition held at ExCeL London for the construction and built environment industry.
Students saw over 500 world-leading organisations and learnt about the latest products, innovations and technologies with a main focus on tackling the climate emergency.
Raj Johal, RuTC Construction teacher, said, “Students really felt that coming to this event offered them the opportunity to learn more about energy and the different solutions that government, companies and organisations are transitioning towards for zero carbon world. They all agreed that the exhibition was both relevant and current and beneficial for their future career.”
We wrote to Richmond upon Thames College students on Friday 20th March confirming the Government’s announcement that no public examinations will take place this summer. The Department for Education (DfE) has now issued some further information about the intended grade awarding process – see here. Please make sure that you read this carefully so that you are fully informed.
The DfE update indicates that grades for qualifications that would have had external examinations will be calculated taking into account teachers’ assessment of a student’s likely grade (based on a range of data which will include any mock exams and Key Assessment Point data), as well as other factors such as prior attainment. The calculated grade process will also take into account any non-examined assessment that has already taken place, so work that has been submitted will be marked as normal.
Please note carefully the following instructions for proceeding with your learning in light of this update.
GCSE and A level (Year 2) courses
Any content that has not yet been taught will continue to be taught remotely, as set out in previous communications, but you will not be set any new formal assessments. It is important to continue covering this content and consolidating your learning because the DfE has indicated that students will have the opportunity to sit an exam at some point in the future if they want to (at the start of the next academic year or next summer).
Once all of the content on your course has been taught, your lecturer(s) will continue to be available to support you as detailed in previous communications. You are strongly encouraged to continue with consolidation of learning.
Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 (Year 2) vocational courses
Content on remaining internally-assessed units will continue to be covered and assessments completed accordingly. Priority marking will be given to previously-submitted or resubmitted work to ensure units are completed uniformly across programmes. Moderation and verification processes are continuing with awarding bodies.
For courses with externally-assessed units, it is important to continue covering this content and consolidating your learning because the DfE has indicated that students will have the opportunity to sit an exam at some point in the future if they want to (at the start of the next academic year or next summer).
Students intending to progress to the next level or stage of a qualification at RuTC
For any student intending to progress from one level to the next, or from one year of a qualification to the next, the College will take into account the extent to which you have engaged with the remote learning that has been put in place during the college closure. As under normal circumstances, all progression is subject to a student’s satisfactory performance on their study programme. When determining your progression options, the College will take into consideration not only your performance on your study programme up to now, but also the effort you put into your remote learning during the college closure and your willingness to engage with this learning. If you are unsure of our expectations of you in this regard, please refer to previous communications or contact your lecturer/tutor for clarification. Similarly, if you are having difficulty accessing the remote learning and assessment materials, please contact your lecturer/tutor immediately for support.
We will continue to update you if anything changes, or if any additional guidance is provided by the Government or exam boards.
Last night Richmond upon Thames College Board approved plans for the second phase of an £80m campus redevelopment moments away from the national home of English rugby in Twickenham and a close neighbour of Harlequins Rugby Club.
The next phase sees the construction of our STEM Centre which will provide a “state of the art” environment for training in engineering, science, forensic sciences and robotics and a brand new Sports building to further develop the College’s sports programmes.
As well as agreeing to the second phase of the campus redevelopment the Board has decided to work with the Further Education Commissioner to explore options for the College’s long term future (known as a Structure and Prospects Appraisal). The Board is due to decide in June on the best way to provide outstanding education and training into the future.
At last night’s meeting the College Chair, Nick Deeming, decided that with the second phase of the campus redevelopment agreed now was the right time for him to step down.
“I joined the College in September 2018 and since then I have led the Board with great passion and energy through some very challenging times. I have always been clear about the huge potential of the College. With the Structure and Prospects Appraisal underway, I feel it is time to make way for a Chair with the specific skills set and time needed to support the College through the process. I leave the College in a much stronger position including the completion of Phase 1 of the College’s new campus redevelopment, which opened at the end of February 2020 with the first intake of new students due in September 2020. I have worked closely with the FE Commissioner during the initial stages of the College’s Structure and Prospects Appraisal. As Richmond upon Thames College moves on to Phase 2 of the new campus development, I feel it is the right time to hand over the baton.”
Nick will be replaced by Ian Valvona who takes up post from 18 March 2020. Ian is a civil servant at the Department for Education with experience of qualifications and curriculum policy and delivery, 14-19 education reform and children’s social care. Ian was the last Chair of Kensington and Chelsea College before it merged last month with Morley College London creating London's largest adult education institute.
“I am extremely pleased to be joining Richmond upon Thames College at an incredibly important moment in the College’s history. The new campus is another key step towards providing outstanding teaching and learning for our students. The next phase of campus redevelopment will be nothing less than transformative – laying the foundations of a College for the future that will meet the needs of our students, local communities and employers in a rapidly changing world.”
Diane Dimond, Interim Principal and CEO of Richmond upon Thames College, adds, “Since joining Richmond upon Thames College as Chair of Governors, Nick has been instrumental in driving improvements in Corporate Governance, helping us get the keys to our new building and paving the way for a brighter future by attracting quality staff and students to join the college’s exciting and vibrant community. I would like to thank Nick for his commitment and the substantial time he has given to the college and look forward to working closely with Ian over the coming months.”
We continue to monitor Covid-19 developments closely and the situation remains very fluid.
To ensure that RuTC is able to continue to support our students as the Covid-19 situation develops, we are preparing for the possible need to transition from classroom-based learning to remote learning over the coming weeks.
Accordingly, we are asking all students not to attend College on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March, and instead to undertake independent learning. Staff will be using these two days to ensure that we are fully prepared to deliver learning remotely should this become necessary in the coming weeks.
Please note that it is currently our intention to resume normal classroom-based learning on Monday 23rd March. We will continue to review the Covid-19 situation over the coming period and will continue to provide regular updates - please check this website again on Friday 20 March at 5.00pm.
Due to Government advice concerning coronavirus and to minimise the risk to our staff, students and the public, we have made the decision to cancel the following events:
- Saturday 21 March 2020, 10.00am - 2.00pm
- Wednesday 25 March 2020, 5.00pm - 8.00pm
- Wednesday 22 April 2020, 5.00pm - 8.00pm
- Thursday 19 March
- Tuesday 31 March
Please check our wesbite for further updates. Click here for the official college Coronavirus update.
On Tuesday 3 March, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students had the opportunity to meet universities, apprenticeship providers and employers at the annual internal Higher Education (HE) & Careers Fair.
40 universities from across London, England and Wales, including St Mary’s University, King’s College London, University of Bath and Cardiff University, attended the event. They informed students of all areas about higher education and which study options would suit their grades and career goals.
Mark Alger from Kingston University said, “As a university with a strong commitment to community engagement, it is a delight to attend events like these at local schools and colleges and represent Kingston University. Richmond upon Thames College students are always a pleasure to engage with; polite, inquisitive and full of great questions about their future educational options.”
In addition to universities, 18 employers and apprenticeship providers also exhibited, including RuTC’s apprenticeship and higher education team. Organisations included the Army and RAF, Kew Gardens, engineering company Worley Parsons, Chessington World of Adventures, Department for Works and Pensions and many more.
550 students from all areas of the college visited the HE & Careers Fair and engaged in conversations with exhibitors. Students found the event helpful as they gained a lot of information for their future education and career. Exhibitors were impressed by the students’ enthusiasm for a range of courses and industries and are looking forward to attending the event again next year.
The college also offers prospective students the opportunity to visit the new college campus, talk to teachers and get advice for their further education at upcoming Open Events, Saturday 21 March and Wednesday 25 March. Book your Open Event now.
Last October, Richmond upon Thames College’s Learning Centre started collecting unwanted books to donate to Better World Books and to prepare for the move into the college’s new building in Spring 2020. For every book that Better World Books sells, the organisation sends a book to projects and charities where they are needed the most, including a scheme in Africa.
James McRae, Head of Learning Resources at RuTC, said, “Since we started the project in October last year, we have already donated over 200 boxes of books to Better World Books and counting. We have collected books from every area, a lot have come from the English and Art department.”
Our new college building features a Learning Centre with access to books as well as e-books, journals and online journals, virtual learning environment, quiet study places and group workspaces.
2020 symbolises the start of a new decade and for Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) it is also the year in which the college, students and staff move into a brand new building and start an exciting next chapter in the history of the college.
Diane Dimond, Interim Principal and CEO at RuTC, says, “This new campus will bring together education, enterprise and the local community to deliver innovative curricula that utilises the latest technologies. We are excited to move into this exceptional building with our students, giving them the best learning experience and helping them realise their potential to take a first step towards their future careers.”
Originally, Twickenham Technical College opened its doors to hundreds of students in 1937. In 1962, the college changed its name to Twickenham College of Technology, focusing on the field of engineering. Finally, Richmond upon Thames College was created in 1977 as the college merged with local sixth form colleges. Today, RuTC offers a broad curriculum for post 16 study, including A Levels and an extensive range of vocational and technical qualifications and apprenticeships.
2017 marked a significant milestone in the history of RuTC - it celebrated its 80th anniversary and at the same time laid the first foundations for a brand new £80 million state of the art campus. The breaking ground ceremony marked phase one of the new college campus and was followed by a topping out ceremony in May 2019. In February 2020 RuTC received the keys for the brand new building and students and staff will move in during March and April. Phase two comprises the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Centre and a new sports hall due for completion in 2021. The grand opening ceremony will take place in June 2020.
Peter Garvey, Music teacher at RuTC, says, “I have very fond memories of the college’s old building over the last 21 years I have been here. Richmond upon Thames College has a long history of producing entertaining music concerts and has many outstanding music alumni. I am pleased that we are able to take the college’s grand piano into the new building, where it will have a home in the atrium.”
The innovative new learning environment is located within the grounds of the current college site, adjacent to the A316 in Twickenham. It features a dedicated sixth form centre, a brilliant theatre with seating for 160 people, as well as a live performance stage and dance studio. The campus will also boast an advanced STEM centre, art gallery, business lounge, TV and robotics studio, gym and sports centre and more. One distinctive highlight is the college’s training restaurant, The View, located on the new building’s top floor, facing Twickenham Rugby Stadium with a breathtaking view across London that should not be missed.
Sanjay Shah, Computing teacher at RuTC, says, “The new building will integrate some of the latest digital technologies. We will be able to utilise state of the art equipment and work on projects such as cyber security, AI (artificial intelligence), robotics and VR (virtual reality). This will also open up many new opportunities for innovative course development and programmes with industry partners and increase the employability skills of our students.”
Over the past few months, staff and students have visited the new building and a number of students from construction crafts, engineering, business, catering and supported learning had the opportunity to contribute to the building process by doing work experience and placements with the site’s construction company, ISG.
Hasti Rezvan, RuTC A Level student, Students’ Union Vice President and one of the work experience students, says, “Richmond upon Thames College’s current old building is full of great memories for thousands of past and present students, all the class rooms, corridors and especially the canteen will be missed. However, we are all very excited to move into the new building because the new building will bring students closer to each other and will offer many benefits.”
Anna Dobbin, Employer Engagement & Apprenticeship Levy Adviser, says, “Richmond upon Thames College’s new building will strengthen relationships with businesses by being a hub for local companies, especially with the Chamber of Commerce being based in the building and working closely together with Haymarket Media Group and Harlequins. This will offer unique advantages to our apprentices and work experience students.”
Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit the new building at the college’s Open Events on 10, 21 and 25 March, 22 April and 23 June.