A group of young writers were given expert tips on getting published last week when author Gill Thompson visited Alton College. Gill, who taught English at Alton for 24 years, took the students through the publishing process, from the initial idea to the end product.

Congratulations to twelve Alton College students who have recently been offered places at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Following a rigorous application and interview process the students have been notified of their offers in a range of diverse courses from a plethora of colleges. 

Is prison a place for punishment, retribution or rehabilitation? Over 150 Sociology, Criminology, Law and Public Services students considered this at ‘Behind Bars’, an in-house conference run by True Life Conferences. The day featured students hearing from a range of reformed prisoners who shared their eye-opening experiences surrounding a variety of crimes and the realities of prison life.

Maisy Venn, an Art Foundation student at Alton College, is celebrating having a sculpture selected for inclusion in two prestigious exhibitions in London this summer. The Royal Association of British Artists (RBA) include the work of up and coming young artists in their annual exhibition in London and have worked with The Arts Society to find what they call ‘Stars of the Future’.

First year Music student Scottie Thompson has been awarded the Martin Read Foundation Grant for composition. This enables him to have composition lessons with Simon Speare, the Head of Composition and Contemporary Music at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in London.

Congratulations to Foundation Learning student Federica Vazzana on qualifying in first place in the British Schools Gymnastics Association Trampoline Southern Zonal Competition which means she progresses to the National Finals!