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Open evening to showcase learning opportunities at SGS College

A vast array of learning opportunities will be waiting to be discovered at SGS College's open evening later this month.

On Thursday 28th March (5:30pm-8:00pm) visitors can learn what the college has to offer, including full and part time courses, extra-curricular activities, finance, transport, student support, careers guidance and more.

SGS has five main campuses across Gloucestershire, Bristol and South Gloucestershire and has over 4,000 full-time 16-18-year-old learners, 2,000 apprentices and 5,000 adult students. All campuses offer a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, where learning is fun and it's easy to socialise.

Since it was formed in 2011, SGS College has gone from strength to strength, and now offers an even wider range of vocational and academic courses, in an even greater range of subjects.

At the college's OFSTED inspection in 2017, inspectors found that: "the college continues to be an integral part of the local community and a key player in the economic development of the region. Students benefit from links through very good work experience opportunities and a highly relevant curriculum that places a strong emphasis on employment."

The recently published Progress Measures 2018 confirmed that students studying at SGS College perform better than they would at other similar colleges in the South West. When compared to other schools and colleges in the region, SGS College's value added (the average distance travelled by learners between GCSE and Key Stage 5) is one of the best in the local area.

Chloe Gibbs, student, said: "I attended an SGS open event and got on really well with the teachers and instantly knew this was the place for me. The course was great and the staff also gave me lots of support when applying to university. I'm not sure I would have got in without their help."

Millie Nemeth, student, said:"SGS offers a huge range of courses compared to the sixth forms I visited. I knew I wanted to work with animals but wanted to keep my career options open and the animal science course at SGS allowed me to do that. The course was amazing and the teaching was so much better than secondary school. I love the independence that college life brings."

Sara-Jane Watkins, college principal, said: "SGS was established to provide a wider range of vocational and academic courses in our local communities, providing students with more choice, greater opportunities and a greater range of facilities from a larger, more efficient college.

"Our theme this academic year is "your first real chance", which is about recognising that many learners may not have reached their full potential in other educational settings, but at SGS we do all we can to enable learners to exceed their expectations and to give them access to the widest range of opportunities that will support their future progression upon completion of their studies."

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