The Beauty Therapy and Make-Up Artistry team at the Nuneaton Campus of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) has reached the top ten in the FE Team of the Year category after being shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The team has a long tradition of strong outcomes in competitions and students excel in the national annual Ragdale Hall Student of Excellence competition always achieving the top two places and going on to secure employment. In 2020, Level 3 Beauty Therapy student Pialara Tomlinson was the competition runner up. In addition to guaranteed employment at Ragdale Hall Spa, all finalists are given the chance to undertake an Advanced Beauty Therapy Diploma to include professional training with Decleor, Clarins, Elemis, Spa Find and O.P.I.

Students regularly progress on to higher education. Since 2018-19, three students have joined Bournemouth University, two now attend Bolton University, nine went to University College Birmingham, two progressed to the University of Leicester, and two more went to Bradford University and the University of Sheffield, respectively.

Eight members of the nine-strong teaching team, who have taught at NWSLC for between 15 and 26 years, themselves qualified in beauty therapy at the college and returned to teach there following successful careers in industry.

The Beauty and Makeup Artistry team has worked tirelessly for charity for many years and carries out mini treatment activities to help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan, and Lee’s Day on behalf of a former colleague diagnosed with cancer. They also operate beauty services in the community (when Covid restrictions allow) providing wellbeing experiences including reflexology and massage for:

  • NHS staff based at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton
  • ‘Look Good Feel Better’ events for cancer patients across the local NHS trust
  • Patients receiving palliative and end of life care at Mary Evans Hospice in Nuneaton
  • Oakwood School in Nuneaton for children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Clients from the Roseleigh Day Care Centre in Hinckley
  • College staff at NWSLC, leading an initiative to improve wellbeing through ‘Treatment Tuesdays’.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of young people, many of whom go on to train as teachers themselves thanks to the significant impact their teachers have made on them. The team will find out if they have progressed in the scheme on National Thank a Teacher Day, 16 June 2021.

Claire Pearl, Learning and Skills Manager for Service Industries at NWSLC said, “It was an emotional moment when I revealed the news that the team has been shortlisted for this award. They are so committed to the college and their students, consistently performing well but never seeking recognition or reward. They do amazing work raising money for charity, supporting, and working with vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and groups, and winning national skills competitions. They effectively demonstrate the power of a group of colleagues who work collaboratively believing that if everyone is moving forwards together, success takes care of itself.”

Marion Plant, OBE, FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said, “I am delighted that the Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry Team has been shortlisted as part of these prestigious national awards. They consistently go the extra mile to support their students and they are absolutely committed to enabling them to achieve the very best. I wish them luck in the future stages of the competition.”