Congratulations Tes FE Awards Winner 2018 - Foxes Academy, Minehead

Foxes Academy wins Specialist Provider and is honoured as Overall FE Provider at the 2018 Tes FE Awards.

The specialist catering college and training hotel is set-up to support, train and give opportunities to young adults with learning disabilities.

Awarded ‘Outstanding’ status by OFSTED, the academy offers training in independent life skills in residential learner houses, plus the opportunity to learn catering skills in a real operating hotel, with paying guests, where a vast selection of functions take place all year round.

The Tes judges unanimously voted for the independent specialist college. The impact of Foxes Academy is truly outstanding - the employment rate of graduating learners has consistently been over 85 per cent, year after year, with a sustained employment rate of 77 per cent since 2015 – figures that many general FE colleges, let alone specialist providers, would be envious of.  This is particularly noteworthy considering the British Association for Supported Employment reported the proportion of people in England who have learning disabilities and are in paid employment fell from 7.1 per cent in 2012 to just 6 per cent in 2015.

Foxes Academy aims to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully shape their own futures. The judges said that the provider’s engagement with local employers was exceptional, offering real pathways for their learners, as were its 100 per cent pass rates in all formal examinations and assessments in 2016-17.

The judges added: “Foxes particularly stood out for its strong mission and vision, innovative working and the strength of the learner's voice.”

Congratulations Foxes Academy and all of your committed and hard-working students!

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Tags: Schools and Colleges, Learners

Released On 29th Aug 2018

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