National honours for Barton Peveril’s student services

Barton Peveril College took first prize for Student Services at the annual Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) awards. The honour recognised the College’s achievements in supporting students to make the most of their learning opportunities as they prepare for university-level study and their future careers.

`

Assistant Principal Nicola Carcone is delighted that staff have gained national recognition for their hard work. “We know young people are under pressure to achieve their goals so we want to help them to achieve their potential during their time with us. Our aim is to enable them to become resilient and confident learners, able to overcome life’s challenges and succeed in whatever they want to do.”

To promote positive mental health among Barton Peveril’s 3,400-strong community, the College has set up a programme to train volunteer students in counselling techniques alongside their studies so they can support their peers.

The SFCA represents 90 sixth form colleges in England. Its Chief Executive Bill Watkin has praised Barton’s achievements: “The team’s focus is to encourage and promote resilience in each student, there has been a real drive in improving mental health.”