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Lewisham Southwark College, Platform 5 Architects and Richard Hopkinson Architects recently came together to celebrate a prestigious accolade at this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards.

The College’s ‘Phase 1’ Waterloo overhaul project, as part of an overall £40 million redevelopment initiative, topped the Higher Education category at the ceremony (hosted at The Brewery London). The building, found at 25 The Cut, will give students the feel of a modern workplace – setting them up for progressing into work, or to university.

“The strength of the architecture and the clear environmental design strategy make this a solid, high-quality submission,” said one of the judges. “A worthy winner.”

Our Waterloo building is now home to a reconfigured classroom/teaching block and revamped entrance. The dynamic atrium space features a red spiral-style staircase (as pictured), and spacious landings offer opportunities for students to relax, learn in small class groups and participate in breakout sessions.

The site also pays attention to environmental impact, aiming to reduce carbon emissions and utilising a heat recovery system to manage temperature efficiency.

“We’re very proud that our building has been recognised for its design to inspire learning,” said Lewisham Southwark College’s Principal and CEO, Carole Kitching. “Our long-term plan is to, ultimately, enhance the whole college experience so we can welcome and inspire even more students in further education.”

Discover more about our Waterloo campus.

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Lewisham Southwark College sports student alumni Max Gradel enjoyed his debut match for Premiership side Bournemouth AFC after being signed for £7million in a four year deal with the Dorset club. The team, who only joined the Premiership this season, are now playing with some of the best teams in the world. Gradel transferred to the team at the beginning of August following 4 years at French side Saint-Etienne. Prior to that he enjoyed success at Leeds United FC.

Max is quoted* saying "Everything started at Lewisham College. We were all good players in the Football Academy; I think I made it a bit by chance." Football Coach David Chatwin says "All at the Lewisham Southwark College Football Academy are immensely proud of Max and his achievements. We're enjoying watching his progress, and will definitely be going to cheer him on soon."

Principal and CEO Carole Kitching commented "We're very proud to call Max one of our alumni. Max is proof that with the right attitude and determination, you can go far in your chosen career."

Trials for the Lewisham Southwark College Football Academy are taking place throughout August and into early September and are seeking keen sportsmen to join...and maybe even play alongside Max in years to come! Click here to see trial dates.

* Quote source is Max Gradel's Wikipedia page

Image source: Bournemouth AFC


The Lewisham Police Channel Row 2015 is part of the MPS/MOPAC Community Ambassadors Programme and aims to show that members of 'hard to reach' communities and their police can build long lasting and strong relationships and break down the barriers that so often come between us. This year one of our very own students, Mhamadu Gamaneh, was part of the team.



To the residents and businesses of Lewisham, Southwark and our neighbouring communities,

I write to you today, to share the passion and dedication from all at Lewisham Southwark College to delivering high standards of education for our communities.

It has been no secret that Lewisham Southwark College has been through hard times of late. We understand that this has also been difficult for our communities, with much being reported in the press. During these times, the dedication of staff to put learners' needs at the centre of all they do has not faltered, and the College has enjoyed many student successes.

Efforts from the staff have been recognised by both the FE Commissioner and Ofsted. In an Ofsted visit in July they recognised that improvements have been made in all areas of the College. In a meeting on 23rd July FE Commissioner, David Collins said: "I am delighted by the progress made since the appointment of the new board and senior management team. Both the quality of provision and the College's financial position have improved significantly and I am confident that next year will prove to be a particularly successful year for staff and students." The management team referenced are coming with a passion to get the College back on the road to success with the aim to get back to its former 'excellent' status.

We're in an exciting stage of development, with our Waterloo campus on The Cut developing fast to become a centre of excellence right at the heart of London. The campus will give students the feel of a work environment. Over the coming months we will be opening our doors for you all to visit – details will be on our website.

We continue to expand on excellent employer engagement – in creating and delivering our courses as well as offering work experience and apprenticeships. We work with over 140 business in Southwark alone, and once the Waterloo campus is finished in summer 2016, we will be increasing this number further. We have strong connections and long term relationships with local and national companies in Lewisham and across south east London.

A good example of this is our recently launched 'The Bridge', a Pre-Employment Construction Academy for students at our Deptford Bridge campus. The Academy has companies such as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) as partners – ensuring that students leave with the skills required to get straight into work. "We've partnered with the College on the Academy due to the high standard of education that students receive. Students learn-by-doing with a range of highly skilled staff and technicians, and we believe the Academy will create more skilled workers to help build the future London." said CITB representative Chris Carter-Rowlands.

We thank you all for your help and support, and look forward to our future working with and for our local communities.

Kind Regards,

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Carole Kitching, Principal and CEO


Year 10 students from schools in Lewisham and Southwark opted to study hospitality and catering one day a week from September 2014.



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