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MARINE SOCIETY ACHIEVES 'GOOD' OFSTED REPORT

MARINE SOCIETY ACHIEVES 'GOOD' OFSTED REPORT

19/11/2017

Marine Society College has been judged ‘good’ (grade two) by Ofsted across all categories.

The education watchdog carried out an inspection in September, and published its report today (Thursday 19 October). In three years, the Marine Society team has worked hard to take the college from an ‘inadequate’ rating in 2014, to ‘requires improvement’ in 2016, and now a ‘good’ provider.

Inspectors found that: “Leaders and managers have a very clear and well-considered strategy to support seafarers to improve their education and to progress in their careers,” while noting that: “Leaders, managers and staff have taken successful and effective actions to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the outcomes for learners.”

Other comments included:

 "Staff understand very well the complexities of learning and working at sea and give good advice to learners to help them choose suitable courses."

"Managers have designed and implemented the curriculum very well. Learners have access to a variety of courses that develop the skills they need to become officers in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy."

"Learners have high aspirations, enjoy their learning and take pride in their work. They produce work of a good standard."

"The vast majority of learners who achieve their qualification remain in employment, secure promotion and/or take up further learning."

Marine Society’s Director of Lifelong Learning, Mark Windsor, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Marine Society College, for our seafarers and our staff who have supported them. I am so proud of my team and I am grateful to those within the charity and beyond who have supported and encouraged us.”

 
MSSC HOLDS ITS ANNUAL COURT

MSSC HOLDS ITS ANNUAL COURT

12/10/2017

On 11 October, more than 120 MSSC members, trustees and supporters gathered at Trinity House, London, for Annual Court, the charity’s AGM.

Marine Society was delighted to take the opportunity to present its annual awards. Susan Dio, CEP of BP Shipping, was the guest speaker, and Petty Officer Cadet Dani, a sea cadet from Flitwick and Ampthill Unit, gave a speech about her experiences in the Corps.

The award winners were:

- MCA Officer Trainee of the Year Award: Tristan Greaney

- GCSE/A-Level Outstanding Achievement: Petty Officer Cheryl More RN

- Middlesex University Award, for outstanding achievement in MSc Professional Practice Studies: Gordon Foot

- Open University Award for outstanding achievement in studies towards BA Leadership and Management: Liam Hyland

- John William Slater Award for outstanding achievement in Officer of the Watch Unlimited studies: Kevin Lennon

- Marine Society Lifelong Learning Award: Gordon Foot

 
FORMER LEARNER GIVES BACK TO MARINE SOCIETY

FORMER LEARNER GIVES BACK TO MARINE SOCIETY

25/09/2017

Bari Khan, a former Marine Society learner, has raised more than £650 for the charity.

The 30-year-old from Southampton wanted to give back to Marine Society because it allowed him to return to his studies.

Bari was working at sea, but wanted to broaden his prospects in the maritime industry. Nautilus International, a union representing maritime professionals, guided him to the Marine Society, and the charity awarded him a Worcester Scholarship, providing £1,000 towards study at Warsash Maritime Academy. Bari completed his BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management, achieving a first while working through the graduate trainee surveyor programme at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. This year he qualified as a Marine Engineer Surveyor.

“I am grateful for the support from the Marine Society, and I appreciate there are many other ways in which Marine Society helps people to further and enhance their careers," he said.

“I wanted to give something back by taking part in the London to Paris charity ride, and hope the money can make a difference to other seafarers.”

Bari cycled the 180 miles to Paris over three days with a group of other cyclists, reaching his destination at the end of August. “It was a good trip, and I enjoyed helping some of the less experienced cyclists,” he said.

To sponsor Bari, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bari-khan-l2p

 
GCSE AND A-LEVEL RESULTS

GCSE AND A-LEVEL RESULTS

24/08/2017

Marine Society is delighted with its 100% pass rate for 2017 GCSE and A-Level results.

There have been some outstanding achievements this year for Marine Society learners. In summary:

  - 100% of learners achieved passes at A-Level, with 60% achieving A*- C grades.

  - 100% of learners achieved passes at AS-Level, with 100% achieving A*-B grades.

  - 100% of learners achieved passes at GCSE, with 63% achieving A*- C grades.

Marine Society offers a wide range of GCSE and A-Level courses to seafarers at affordable prices, and in a flexible format. Learners receive support from tutors and are able to take their exams on board ships or at Royal Navy and Royal Marines establishments, where necessary.

This year, 82.4% of students sitting exams were Royal Navy or Royal Marines personnel, while the remaining 17.6% serve with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) or Merchant Navy.

Carla Rockson, Seafarer Education Manager, said: “We have extensive experience of supporting seafarers through their personal and professional development. We understand the challenging situations that they work and study in. We adapt with the changing needs of our seafarers, further enhancing our support and have secured additional funding towards their studies.”

 Joan Pickering, Quality Improvement Manager, said: “For many years, Marine Society has successfully provided a bespoke service tailored to the needs of seafarers. We understand the invaluable service they provide and we do all in our power to give the support and encouragement to allow seafarers to fulfil their personal and professional potential.”

 

 
LOOKING FORWARD TO RESULTS DAY!

LOOKING FORWARD TO RESULTS DAY!

10/08/2017

After all their hard work, those who took their A-Level and GCSE exams in the summer receive their results in August. If you are a learner and are expecting results, by now you should have received an email with advice on what to expect on results day. We can’t wait to see how well you all did!

Shortly after both the A-Level and GCSE results day, we will publish our results and welcome new learners for courses starting in September. 

 

 

 
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