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Borough college is named best in the North

Wigan and Leigh College principal Anna Dawe holding the trophy along with senior colleagues. Picture courtesy of Joe Gardner Photography.
Wigan and Leigh College principal Anna Dawe holding the trophy along with senior colleagues. Picture courtesy of Joe Gardner Photography.

Wigan and Leigh College is celebrating after it was named the top further education centre in the North of England.


The institution landed the top honour at the Educate North Awards.

The prestigious competition reached its climax at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester, and recognises best practice and excellence in the education sector in the whole of northern England.

In a celebration of the region’s thriving education sector, hundreds of academics, students, executives and business people from across the North and the UK attended the event.

The Further Education College of the Year was open to FE colleges anywhere within the North of England who demonstrated improved achievement rates and Ofsted judgement.

The judges were impressed with the high student and employer satisfaction rates, achievement of silver accreditation of the Teaching Excellence Framework for Higher Education provision and establishing themselves as a financially resilient college.

Principal Anna Dawe accepted the award, along with senior leaders to rapturous applause.

She said: “This accolade further highlights the positive success that the college has received in recent times.

“Our students are at the heart of everything we do and our aim is always to provide them with the best qualifications that fully prepare them with all of the skills and knowledge to move onto higher study and into employment.

“Being recognised as Further Education College of the Year really shows that the hard work of both staff and students is really paying off and we will continue to build on this moving forward.”