Outstanding education in Sutton

17 Jun 2022

Since it opened in 1972, the College has gone from strength to strength, offering outstanding classes for adults. I am sure that many of you reading this may have taken advantage of some part-time courses and personal learning opportunities available over the years.

Did you know musician Jimmy Page and comedian Paul Merton are just two of its alumni?

I am delighted to have taken part in these celebrations. Earlier this week I visited their art exhibition which is currently showing in Sutton Central Library. I was impressed by all of the arts and crafts which are on display, created by students past and present. There is a stunning silver dress on display and some wonderful paintings, pottery, poems and floral displays.  I urge you to go and see it all!

Last night, I was delighted to speak at Sutton College’s Awards evening at the Cryer Arts Centre which was magnificently hosted by Tim Vine. It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces and hear about the achievements of students over the past year.

I would like to congratulate the whole College on their wonderful journey, and here’s to another 50! Why not take a look at their new prospectus now - they’re enrolling for September.

In other news, I am pleased that our children’s home, Willow Rise, recently secured a ‘good’ rating following an Ofsted inspection. Willow Rise has just recently been refurbished and provides care and accommodation to children who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties.

It was created by the Council in 2020, in response to a specific need to support vulnerable young people in our borough, and we rose to the challenge.

The development of the home is a reflection of our commitment to ensure that everyone living, growing up and working in our borough has the opportunity to thrive and do well.

Councillor Ruth Dombey

Leader of Sutton Council