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Crawley College gets local MP’s support to their ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign

Crawley College has support of local MP with ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign.



Local MP Henry Smith visited Crawley College on Friday afternoon to support the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, part of Colleges Week which took place from 15 – 19 October.

The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign celebrates the vital role that Further Education (FE) colleges play in local communities and the economy, as well as the need for proper investment in the FE sector and fairer pay for FE staff.

Henry said:

“I was delighted to tour Crawley College, since my last visit the positive developments that have taken place to upgrade educational facilities are encouraging.”

“It was also fantastic to meet engaging students who are clearly benefitting from the excellent offer of courses available at Crawley College that will enhance their job prospects as well as our town future prospects.”

Henry was welcomed by Student President Madlen Standen-Grant and Vice President Rasiaty Marie Turay who both play an active role in the college and local community.

Madlen Standen-Grant said:

“There has been amazing changes to the college since the MP’s last visit. We now have a Student Executive to represent the student’s voice, make a difference, and create a better college environment.”

“This helps to build students confidence, and give back to the local community through volunteering or fundraising. I spend 4 evenings a week volunteering at a homeless shelter, whilst studying and fulfilling my duties as Student President.”

Henry took a tour through the construction, engineering and trade workshops at Crawley College and congratulated student Kieran Barnes who has recently been selected to compete at the UK SkillBuild National Final in Birmingham.

Over the last decade, FE colleges across the UK have had to deal with an average 30% funding cut. This has resulted in a devastating impact on students, businesses, communities and the wider economy.

Dean Wynter, Vice Principal, said:

“It is becoming increasingly hard for the college to continue meeting the outstanding standards without more investment.”

“With significant plans for new housing across the south east and the associated infrastructure and services that comes with those plans, and Gatwick Airport nearby, we can provide more people the high-quality skills that are required to gain long term employment across the region. That is why we support the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign and call on the government to increase FE funding.”

Crawley College is one of the largest FE colleges in the South East, offering a wide variety of technical and professional courses, degrees and apprenticeships to thousands of young people and adults every year.

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Meet the new head of Thomas Bennett Community College

After a turbulent year the school welcomes their new head teacher.



Mr Smith is extremely proud to have been appointed as the new permanent Head Teacher of Thomas Bennett Community College in Crawley. 

In particular, Mr Smith is excited to be working with both students and parents in the coming months and serving the community to provide an excellent education.

A highly experienced and inspiration leader, Mr Smith joins Thomas Bennett from Hastings, where he was the Principal for two secondary schools.

Mr Smith says

“my key philosophy has always been to do what’s best for the students, raising their aspirations and giving them the tools to be successful”.

Sharing the governing body’s visionary outlook, strong values and sense of community Mr Smith will further strengthen the schools excellence within a nurturing and student focused environment.

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