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Sidcup's Great War - A Living Pageant


Thanks to all the visitors to our Sidcup Centre on Saturday and to all the students and staff for their time and support for the event.

Amount raised for Royal British Legion

The rain held off and the pageant was a great success, with large numbers visiting the College throughout the day. Great War posters, artwork, photographs and information were on display and even a period style floral arrangement. Visitors could try their hand at patriotic floristry and our singers added to the period feel with a selection of wartime songs.

In support of The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, we sold pottery made by students and staff and an illustrated booklet "Bexley at War 1914-1918" written and designed for the occasion. Together with sales of Poppy Appeal merchandise and our visitors' generous donations, we raised a total of £516.09; an excellent result!


New Accommodation for Residents with

Learning Disabilities

Opening of Pengarth


Five new units of semi-supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities have been officially opened in Bexley.

Pengarth, near Danson Park, has been refurbished by the council at a cost of £110,000 to support young people with learning disabilities to live independently.

It was opened by councillor Eileen Pallen, the cabinet member for Adults’ Services, and resident Sarah John, who said she had never thought she would be able to live independently and expressed how much she loves it. Her father also spoke to say that, since the move, she had made much more progress than he expected.

The accommodation is managed by mcch, a charity that works with people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

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Working in Partnership with Re-Instate

We are pleased to be working with Re-Instate providing courses to help people get back to work.

Re-Instate is a charity working to improve employment opportunities, quality of life and well-being for disadvantaged people in the London Borough of Bexley including people experiencing mental ill-health, people with learning disabilities and young people.

Here is a quote from two of the students:

Students quote


Nick finds career success at Kew

Nick Woods

TLC Bexley student Nick Woods recently started a new job at Kew Gardens. Nick attends the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture which runs on a Saturday at Hall Place and has attended other courses with the College, gaining some of the modules towards the RHS Level 2. This academic study plus his practical work helped him obtain a position in a world renowned horticultural / botanical establishment.

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Sidcup High Street opened

Saturday 6 September saw the official opening of the new Learning Centre Bexley facility by Cllr Teresa O’Neill, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley.

Residents were able to see some free demonstrations and try out activities including pottery and cake decorating.

Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “It is great to see local residents getting involved and enjoying such lively and interesting activities throughout the high street. I hope the town will make the most of the new public spaces and facilities, and host more events like this in the future.”

Also at the opening was James Brokenshire MP, who commented “The opening of the Learning Centre Bexley forms another key part in the redevelopment of Sidcup High Street . This is a really great new facility making courses more accessible. I hope people will pop into the new centre for details of the broad range of courses available and that it will encourage more people to gain new skills and enjoy learning at whatever age.”

College opens centre in Erith

Official Opening of Erith Centre



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Business start-ups blooming

Katie and Nicola

Not one, but two of our floristry students have opened up new floristry shops in the borough.

Read more about how these two enterprising students have taken the plunge and are now looking forward to a floral inspired future.

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Figuring out a new career

louise Emmons


How Adult Education classes have helped accountant and mother of two, Louise Emmons to realise her dreams and completely change her life.

With the help of tutor Val Ecob, Louise is well on her way to a successful new career.

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A true advocate of lifelong learning

Margaret Carter


Margaret Carter discovered Adult Education College Bexley over 30 years ago ... and she is still coming back.

If there’s one thing Margaret has learnt after years of whole-heartedly embracing all that Adult Education classes have to offer, it’s that there’s much more to life than dusting!

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Mary clinches publishing deal

Mary Gibson

Mary Gibson is the toast of her classmates at the Adult Education College Bexley’s creative writing group after securing a three-book deal with aLondon publisher.

"I thought I had a good story ... my classmates all liked the first chapter and gave me the green light so I hoped I was on the right track.”

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Accommodation Strategy


Accommodation Changes

Following Bexley's Public Cabinet Meeting on 16 April the accommodation strategy proposal will be presented to the full council meeting later this month.

This will mean that in the near future the College will be offering courses from 3 sites strategically placed across the borough, Sidcup in the south, Erith in the north and centrally in Bexleyheath.

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Life Saving & Life Enhancing

College Learners

Three inspiring stories of the proven benefits of fitness classes no matter what your level of ability.

Read more about the life changing difference classes have made to our students.

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Learning leads to success

College Learners

Dedicated students at the College, aren’t just passing their exams with flying colours – they’re cutting a dash in the jobs market too!


The College’s latest success stories are students who studied  an OCR Business Professional in Administration course - and the figures make impressive reading.

"Without the course I don’t think I would have the job I have today.”

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College Annual Awards

Congratulations to all our learners who achieved so much this year.

Learners and their guests joined staff, Governors, and Councillors at the recent Annual AwardsCeremony.

Presenting the Certificates to learners, Will Tuckley, Chief Executive of Bexley Council said

"I wanted to come along to pay tribute to the constant academic improvements that you and the College have achieved".

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See the Awards Cremony photo gallery



How is the College involved in the year's biggest event? Including the making of the Olympic flower bouquets. Find out more.

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See the Olympic Bouquet photo gallery

Training the Health Trainers

"The College were professional, a real delight to work with"

Find out more about our training for Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust.

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Growing Success at College

Read about the growing success we are experiencing it at the College and how we are striving to keep up the trend.

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Kick Start Project

The 'Kick Start Your Life' project is now well underway. The College and its partners are providing a wide range of FREE learning opportunities and activities to make a difference to people's lives and their communities. Look out for events in your local area and take the opportunity to participate in learning, utilise training and acquire wider skills. This project could also lead to volunteering, employment and self employment.

Thriller Writer Visits College

Read about writer and journalist Neil Behrman who visited the College in December.

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