Begin with the and in mind
I have just returned from a visit to Richard Taunton College, located in Hill Lane, Southampton.
It’s unusual for “New Forest” Councillor to cross the border into the city for the purposes of a college visit. However, the excellent Principal, Alice Wrighton, recognised that she now has up to 100 students from Totton attending the college and invited me find out what facilities and educational offers they have.
I was impressed with what I heard and saw for myself.
The college has a positive vibe, with quite a diverse range of students and study opportunities.
I like the ethos of the college which is all about personal and professional development with the aim of giving an opportunity for students to gain the qualifications they need for the next phase of life.
They encourage students to aspire to something and work towards that goal. Hence, “Begin with the end in mind”
On the walls of the colleges you can see some inspiring examples of real students who have done just that.
I hope that, in time, it might be possible for the college to utilise more locally based facilities, especially where we have “spare capacity”.
I will be supportive of anything that improves the offer for local students, now and in the future.
The next Open Evening at the college will be on Thursday 1st February, 18.00 – 20.30 hours.
No need to register and plenty of free parking on site.
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