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Lewisham Southwark College has been announced as one of the lead partners in Street Fans, a major Autumn/Winter exhibition at the Greenwich Museum which unites two diverse types of art: traditional fan making and street art.

Street Fans is the brainchild of Paris-based street artist Codex Urbanus and London’s Fan Museum. The project will see Europe’s leading fan maker Sylvain Le Guen teaming up with 30 international street artists to create one-of-a-kind folding fans, which will be displayed at the Greenwich Museum from 19 September to 31 December 2017.

As part of the project, the College will stage two ‘experience’ days, due to be held at Lewisham Way campus on 03 October, and Southwark campus on 10 October. At these events, students, alumni and school groups will get the chance to learn how to make their own fans at workshops run by experts from The Fan Museum, as well as engaging with street artists as they create a bespoke piece of artwork for the College.

The event at Southwark campus will also include a special masterclass for creative industries students, and the unique opportunity to attend a talk and Q&A session delivered by Sylvain Le Guen.

The other lead partners in Street Fans – Greenwich Market and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich University – will also be hosting events to coincide with the exhibition.

Curator of The Fan Museum Jacob Moss says: “We’re excited that Lewisham Southwark College will be bringing the concept of Street Fans to life outside of the Museum, and prompting a wider audience to look at an ancient and relatively unknown craft in a new light.”

College Principal Carole Kitching adds: “The College is honoured to be part of this exciting and innovative community initiative. We look forward to welcoming the talented artists on campus where I’m sure they will prove an inspiration to our students and visitors.”


Dear current students, new students, parents and our communities,

I’d like to tell you about a very exciting development at Lewisham Southwark College, which is opening up some amazing opportunities for students across central south London. On 1st August, the College successfully merged with NCG, one of the largest providers of high quality education, training, employability and work-based learning in the UK.

This merger gives our students access to a world-class network of expert tutors, high-tech facilities and advanced learning methods to support them as they study with us. With all five of NCG’s existing colleges recently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, we are part of a Group which is now bringing its dedication to improving the quality of education and skills provision to the boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark.

Following the merger, we will be able to offer:

  • An even wider choice of vocational courses for 16 to 18 year olds across a huge variety of subjects, building on the success of our existing programmes in areas like IT, business, construction and dance
  • A stronger Higher Education (HE) offering – enabling young people to study for a Foundation degree, for example, while paying 45% lower fees and benefiting from smaller class sizes than they would at a university
  • More, higher quality apprenticeships, drawing on NCG’s national expertise and excellent reputation in this area: the Group trains more apprentices than all London colleges combined

As a student at the newly-merged Lewisham Southwark College, you / your child will study at one of our three local campuses in Lewisham, Deptford and Southwark, while benefiting from our national reach and ambitious future plans. One of these plans is to review our facilities, with the aim of creating a 21st century skills college in Lewisham to match our state-of-the-art Southwark building, which recently underwent a £41m refurbishment.

There has never been a more exciting time to join Lewisham Southwark College – and you / your child could begin their journey with us this September by enrolling from 24th August. We’d love to welcome you / them and discuss the exceptional range of opportunities we can offer.

Yours sincerely,
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Carole Kitching

Billy Chandler, who completed a Business Administration Apprenticeship at the College while working at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, will soon take centre stage in ‘The Ends’, an exciting new play focused on contemporary London life.

Due to be staged at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden from the 10th to 15th October, the play is being funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign which has already beaten its target of £1,150 and has raised over £1,500. Billy, who has acted with the prestigious Anna Scher Theatre since 2015, will join a cast and crew of emerging talented artists for the production.

Billy says: “I first became involved a year ago when the director contacted me and told me there was a part he had in mind for me for a play he wanted to do at Anna Scher's which became one of the stories used for this play. I play Young Richard, a younger version of the main character, comparing the two Young Richard is a much different person to who he becomes twenty years down the line, the comparison is very interesting. The director asked me to channel Mike Tyson for the role which I thought was pretty cool!"

He adds: “I’ve always loved acting and the theatre, I’m hoping that appearing in ‘The Ends’ will raise my profile and help me to move into other acting jobs. Eventually it’s my dream to work as a film actor although I’d also be more than happy to work in the theatre and musical theatre, gives me a great buzz.”

In the meantime, Billy plans to continue gaining experience in the business side of the theatre sector which will help his employability between acting jobs.

‘The Ends’ is a bold, intensely emotional and funny story about lives that collide in an unexpected act of violence on the streets of London. Find out more or buy tickets on the Kickstarter website.


Simon-Anthony Rhoden, who studied drama at Lewisham Southwark College for two years, has won a starring role in one of the West End’s most popular shows. From July, he will play the lead part of drag queen ‘Lola’ in ‘Kinky Boots’ at London’s Adelphi Theatre – the winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and 2015 Evening Standard Award.

Having studied at the College, Simon gained a place at elite drama school LAMDA on its BA Hons degree in Classical Theatre and after graduating, went on to win a number of theatre, TV and film roles. He also devises shows for fringe theatre company ‘The Keepers Daughter’.

However at one point, Simon almost gave up his dream of being an actor, and moved to Bristol in order to get on the property ladder and pursue his “second dream career” of working in catering. He was running a bakery when he got a call from a casting director who encouraged him to audition for ‘Kinky Boots’.

Simon was initially offered an understudy role, making his West End debut last year,  before stepping into the boots of Matt Henry, whose highly acclaimed portrayal of ‘Lola’ won him an Olivier Award. Inspired by true events, ‘Kinky Boots’ tells the story of the owner of a failing shoe factory, Charlie, who tries to save his business by making high heels for drag performers, including Lola.

Simon will now perform the physically demanding role, which requires him to act, sing and dance – in high heels and a spectacular costume! – eight times a week.

Karla Ptácek, one of Simon’s Lecturers at the College, says: “Simon always had amazing potential and a fantastic work ethic and it’s no surprise to see him now taking the West End by storm. We are so proud to have played a part in his training and wish him good luck in this fantastic role.”


Beauty Therapist student Ruta Matilionyte has shown she’s got what it takes to compete at the highest level, having won third place in the regional heat of the prestigious WorldSkills competition.

WorldSkills is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world and aims to reflect a truly global workplace. Students from across the globe compete in a huge range of vocational categories – first at local, then national and finally international level.

Ruta, who recently completed the Level 2 Beauty Therapy course at Lewisham Southwark College, won third place in her category (Hands & Face), having impressed the judges by demonstrating a mini-facial, day make-up and innovative nail art. She’s now waiting to hear whether she has won enough points to go forward to the UK round – and move a step nearer to competing in the global final, which takes place in Kazan, Russia, in 2019.

Ruta, who is currently working for a beauty salon in Tower Bridge, plans to return to the College in September to start the Level 3 Beauty Therapy course.

She says: “I entered the WorldSkills competition because I wanted to get my name out there, which is very important in the beauty industry. While I think it’s vital to gain training in all aspects of beauty, in the future I’ll probably focus on make-up because that’s the element which fascinates me the most.”

Lyndsay Benford of the College’s Department of Beauty Therapy, comments: “Ruta is a very talented and dedicated beauty therapist, and we’re delighted to see her do so well. Gaining a placing within a WorldSkills heat is a fantastic achievement which requires a high level of expertise.”




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