A small number of Northampton College’s level three health and social care students did not receive results last Thursday as they had expected.
Since then, the college has been working closely with colleagues at NCFE CACHE – the relevant awarding organisation - to finalise and communicate results for the 28 students affected. The college is grateful to NCFE CACHE for working so quickly and constructively with us to process these results.
Pat Brennan-Barrett, principal of Northampton College, said: "We understand how difficult the last few days have been for students affected by the delayed communication of results. We appreciate the patience and goodwill which they and their families have shown during that time.
"I am also grateful to NCFE CACHE colleagues for their support and the action they have taken to finalise results for our students. Whilst working with them to finalise results, we also liaised closely with university admissions teams to support students’ progression into higher education – and will continue to do that until students have secured places they’re happy to take up.”
A spokesperson for NCFE CACHE said: “We really do appreciate how challenging a situation this has been for students and their families. We worked closely with the college to understand the issue and resolve it as quickly as we possibly could once we had the information we needed from the college. We remain on standby to support the college in admissions discussion with universities as they consider helpful.”
A former Northampton College student who is making waves in the global fashion industry has landed a starring role in a new advert for global technology giant Apple.
Apple’s high-profile ‘Behind The Mac’ campaign features a series of British-based creators, including Samuel Ross – a former graphic design student at Booth Lane and the man behind the in-demand designer label A-COLD-WALL which has been worn by a string of celebrities including basketball legend LeBron James.
Samuel, whose work has recently been shown in Milan, has seen his profile rocket in recent years. He has worked alongside iconic brands such as Nike and Oakley while his own label has become a worldwide hit and regularly worn by celebrities and musicians.
The advert highlights how he uses Apple technology to create eye-catching new designs and sees him feature alongside names such as Game of Thrones star Maisie William, Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and designer Feng Chen Wang.
Speaking to versus.com about his journey to the A-list of fashion, Samuel said: “It’s funny really, as none of my family have a background in fashion at all. They have backgrounds in art and design. My father studied at Central Saint Martins and my mother is a painter. So fortunately, I had a spirit guide into the creative industry.
“Despite growing up in Northampton – quite a working class and impoverished area – my parents always gave me a stake in the ground to push my creativity forward from a very young age.
“When I got to the age of 10 or 11, I did my first work placement in a streetwear store in Northampton, which slowly opened me up to the world of fashion. By the age of 15 or 16, I was selling counterfeit Nike and adidas goods from my bedroom – way before many elements of this current resale culture even existed. I then formed a T-shirt brand at the age of 18.”
Samuel’s time at Northampton College helped shape his ability to create eye-catching designs, and his sister also studied fashion at Booth Lane.
Fashion tutor Rachel Maughan said: “It’s always pleasing to follow the careers of our students and see them enjoy the successes they so richly deserve. Samuel is clearly someone with an eye for design and he has perfectly gauged the demand for modern, urban fashion.
“By starring in this advert for one of the world’s biggest companies it can propel him to even greater heights and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. He has the fashion world at his feet.”
Staff and students at Northampton College have teamed up to produce a children’s book explaining the impact of coronavirus for youngsters attending the on-site nursery at Booth Lane.
With children expected back in nursery from September, and social distancing guidelines still in place, the book aims to explain the measures in simple terms and outline what the youngsters can do to stay safe and healthy.
The book was written by Alexandra Hamblin-Pardon, from the college’s marketing team, and illustrated by student Ellie Lines, who has just completed her Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at the College.
It follows the story of a loveable character Little Chum and his friend Chumbelina as they return to nursery after the holidays, having to get to grips with new guidelines around social distancing, ‘bubbles’ and hand washing.
Alex said: “We are always looking at ways of involving students with our work as it gives them vital ‘real-world’ experience and makes them feel a part of the college community. This was the perfect opportunity to make use of the talents of our art students and Ellie has done a fantastic job, nailing the brief and coming up with something the children in the nursery are going to love.
“Little Chum and Chumbelina illustrate the importance of regular handwashing, explain the reasons for social distancing guidelines and spell out in simple terms just what the ‘new normal’ will mean for youngsters in our nursery when they come back in September.
“We want them to understand that coming back to nursery might be a little different, but there is nothing to worry about. We are encouraging good behaviour and improved hygiene habits among the nursery children.”
The illustrated story will be shared digitally with all of the nursery school parents and the book will also feature on a ‘story time’ style video to be shared on the nursery’s private Facebook page. An audio version is also being produced.
The college is planning to use some of the illustrations on separate signage, floor stickers or other marketing materials around the Nursery itself.
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