Gold award for Farnborough's Samuel Cody
Tuesday, 08 October 2013
A Hampshire college that provides specialist education for secondary age pupils with learning difficulties has achieved national recognition.
The Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College has won an award for its top performing book-keeping examination centre. It is part of the Adult and Community programme delivered in partnership with Hampshire County Council, which also provides funding support.
The 'Gold Centre' Award is from the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB). It is one of 21 of the UK's 250 IAB centres presented with the award for 2013-2014.
Since 2010, the college has offered courses at three levels of manual book-keeping, and three levels of computerised book-keeping. This award recognises the retention and outstanding achievement of the adult learners enrolled at Samuel Cody. In the last academic year (2012 - 2013), 99 adult learners sat IAB examinations. Of these 88 per cent passed and 80 learners achieved an A* or A grade.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education, said: "The impressive level of achievement by adult learners undertaking the IAB examinations reflects the quality of adult education offered at Samuel Cody. The college should be justifiably proud of achieving this gold standard, national recognition."
Commenting on the gold award, headteacher Anna Dawson said: "Naturally, we were delighted to be awarded this accolade. To me, this very much reflects the high standards that we set as an Adult Education Centre. This award is a testimony to our outstanding team of tutors and the achievement of all our learners.
"Our ethos is to challenge individuals to achieve their highest potential in their chosen programme of study. We do this through encouragement, in a cheerful and supportive environment where everyone is valued for his or her strengths."