Prime Minister praises West Suffolk College after it wins accolade

Pictured above are awards host Rob Beckett, Derek Johnson, from West Suffolk College, and David Russell, CEO of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).
Pictured above are awards host Rob Beckett, Derek Johnson, from West Suffolk College, and David Russell, CEO of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

The Prime Minister Theresa May has praised West Suffolk College after it scooped a top award for an innovative project combining maths, art, religion and science.

Judges in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) FE Awards agreed that the college project was top of the class and awarded it the best teaching and learning initiative.

The project, dubbed the MARS award, was devised by Derek Johnson, and aimed to encourage students to ‘embrace the rich wonders of a wider world’ and to ‘open and develop inquisitive minds’.

Art and design students worked with the school of science on a set of challenging assignments.

On Wednesday, during prime minister’s questions Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill asked Mrs May to join her in congratulating the college.

Mrs May said: “It’s a really interesting initiative they’ve put in place. All colleges across the country should be aspiring to reach these standards.”

Lauren Jones, a graphic design student, won the MARS award after exploring religions, maths and the periodic table.

She re-invented the periodic table of chemical elements into new design forms, alongside studies into the creation of the universe.

Mr Johnson, who accepted the award, said: “It is wonderful to have this high level recognition for the hard and innovative work of our staff and students. We have embraced the opportunity to stretch and challenge the students.”