Floristry learners have helped to stage the first ever London Poinsettia Festival – a lavish celebration of the nation’s bestselling Christmas flower.

The Festival, which takes place at London’s Clifton Nurseries, features the work of celebrity florist Larry Walsche who was commissioned to decorate the Nurseries’ stunning glasshouse. Bringing a key element of his design to life, Lewisham Southwark College floristry students have created dozens of mossed poinsettia in varying shades of red, pink and white, which are suspended at varying heights around the greenhouse to form a showstopping display.

The students worked tirelessly to complete the decorations in time for a glitzy press launch on 29 November.

Their proud tutor Carol says: “The students had to use a lot of skill to create each decoration, and showed great professionalism and attention to detail in the way they approached the work. The overall effect they helped to create was superb and complimented by everyone – a true tribute to this iconic Christmas flower.”

The College was delighted to welcome a group of Further Education specialists from Korea recently in a special visit organised by the British Council.

With Korea challenged by severe skills shortages across the country – similar to those we face in the UK – the group was eager to learn more about the relationship between vocational and academic programmes in Britain. They were particularly interested to visit Lewisham Southwark College because the mix of programmes we offer reflects the subject areas covered in their own colleges.

Delegates got the chance to see the state-of-the-art facilities at our new Southwark campus, experience our innovative teaching methods and learn about our programmes.

International Manager Shazi Giner said: “It was a great opportunity to share experiences of vocational education, apprenticeships and transnational projects. The visit was a great success and really broadened horizons on both sides.”

The delegates’ feedback was very positive and we are in contact with the British Council in Korea about how we can collaborate in the long term.

Women at the Construction event taking a group selfie in front of a map of London construction projects

Female students saw just what it takes to succeed in construction when they went on a site visit to a prestigious new central London development being carried out by contractor Multiplex. The event, which was organised in partnership with Women into Construction (WIC), was also attended by the College’s Governor Paul Archenoul.

The site visit gave Construction learners an amazing insight into the redevelopment, at 5-7 St Helen’s Place EC3, which is the new residence for The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers. Situated in the City of London within a conservation area, and including an 800 year old Grade 1 Listed church, the extension and modernisation of the building is a very challenging project. As well as retaining the original façade of the building, the developers are erecting a six storey steel and concrete superstructure to be used as office accommodation, and creating a biodiverse green roof.

During the visit students enjoyed a presentation from the Multiplex site team on the entire project – from demolition to construction – and also had the chance to talk to them about potential work placements and job opportunities.

Kath Moore, Managing Director of WIC, said: “Women into Construction are delighted to be working with Lewisham Southwark College to help their female construction students progress within the industry. We will be supporting them with CSCS training and work placements. This will give them an opportunity to find out what it's really like to work in the construction industry, as well as useful experience for their CVs, which will help them find employment when they complete their courses.”

Paul Archenoul added: “This was an excellent opportunity for female students currently studying on our construction programmes and shows how we are working to support them with their chosen career.”


Congratulations to Lewisham Southwark College’s marketing team, which has scooped two national industry awards at the College Marketing Network’s FE First Awards! With the marketing team formed less than two years ago, this is a fantastic achievement for the College, and shows the success of our new branding and marketing efforts.

The team won a Gold award in the ‘marketing team of the year’ category, and a Silver in the ‘school leaver recruitment campaign’ category.

Being recognised as the marketing team of the year is a particularly impressive achievement since the team was brought together following a very challenging time for the College. The Awards judges commented: “In a very short time, a new marketing team facing massive challenges has pulled together to develop a strategic approach to marketing and improving reputation in the community. The team has shown a determination to embed marketing across the organisation and meet stretching targets in terms of student recruitment.”

Winning the Silver award for our school leaver recruitment campaign is also an important milestone for the College in terms of our reputation in the local community. The judges praised a “very impressive submission which described a fully integrated campaign, with clear objectives based on research and an understanding of the target demographic. The section on how the College went about changing local opinion was particularly noteworthy for the judges.”

Sonia Furley, Head of Marketing at the College, says: “We’re thrilled to be recognised with two national awards so soon after taking post. The work so far has been a big team effort, but it doesn’t stop here – we’re now looking forward to building on the foundations we’ve created.”



Coming to Lewisham Southwark College as a Supported Learning student on our Internship course was a real turning point for Santania James.

Graduating from the College last year, Santania won a catering internship with the Camden Society, a social enterprise which supports people with disabilities to achieve equality and find work opportunities. Santania impressed staff with her professionalism and hard working attitude, and is now employed by the Camden Society as a catering assistant.

She recently worked at The Camden Society’s Apprentice Awards ceremony, where she bumped into a couple of familiar faces who were delighted to see her doing so well: Lewisham Southwark College’s Learning Support Manager Fiona Fraser and Lecturer Carole Srih.

Santania says, “I left school feeling very negative about learning, but the College gave me confidence for the first time. The Camden Society is a great place to work. Everyone is very helpful and I’ve learned a lot since being there.”

“Santania has moved from being a rather disaffected young woman to a successful employee,” says Laura Hills, Head of the College’s Supported Learning Department. “The progress she has made is amazing and we are all really proud of what she’s achieved.” 



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