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When BLC was launched as a ‘new’ college in February 2013, following the completion of the merger with Leek College, Governors agreed to a new vision for the College which was To be an outstanding, award winning and innovative college; the first choice for High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands students and employers.”

We have helped to achieve this ambition with the following awards and recognitions:

  • Ofsted Grade Good in 2019 read more here
  • Tes Further Education Awards – shortlisted in 2020 for Outstanding GCSE resit provision read more here
  • 2022 Fairtrade College Status upgraded to One Star!  read more here
  • Matrix Careers Advice & Guidance Accreditation 2020 read more here
  • Tes Further Education Awards – winners in 2021 for Outstanding GCSE resit provision read more here
  • UK Green Gown Awards – winner in 2020 of Student Engagement Award read more here
  • International Green Gown Awards – Highly Commended in 2021 read more here

Our fantastic students have also achieved the following successes:

  • Rob Warman, Sports student at Buxton & Leek College, achieved the Highly Commended Award for Student Performer of the Year in the Association of Colleges Sports Awards 2020. read more here
  • Five Level 3 Hairdressing students, Sarah Degnan, Lucie Rennie, Rhiannon Hope, Sarah Plimmer and Gemma Plant, became the latest crop of talented BLC students who made it to the 2020 Wella XPOSURE UK & Ireland Final. read more here
  • Buxton & Leek College Apprentice James Birks shortlisted as Apprentice of the Year in the Insider Made in the Midlands Awards 2020 read more here
  • A team of Business students battled their way into the Student Investor Challenge semi-finals, beating over 9000 teams from schools around the UK and abroad. read more here