An East Lancashire College has been named Further Education College of the Year at an awards ceremony.

Nelson and Colne College was handed the accolade at the Educate North Awards, which were held in Manchester at the end of April.

Principal, Amanda Melton said: "I’m extremely proud of this award and I would like to thank colleagues at Nelson and Colne College, Accrington and Rossendale College and Lancashire Adult Learning for their contribution towards achieving the accolade – it is richly deserved and we are a very special college."

The Educate North Awards celebrates, recognises and shares best practice and excellence in the education sector and the honour recognised Nelson and Colne College’s outstanding performance in the areas of teaching, student experience, innovation and economic impact.

The college beat eight other colleges in the category with the judges commenting that the institution 'has fantastic growth and excellent pass rates' and 'that Nelson and Colne College provide strong apprenticeships which is detailed with their persuasive case'.

The prize caps off a fantastic 12 months for Nelson and Colne College, which has seen it retain its status as the number one college in the country for 16-18 learner achievement and 16-18 timely apprenticeship achievement.

Ms Melton added: "I know that we are seen within the sector as one of the leading colleges in the country, but it is fantastic to be recognised in this way.

"Through our rigorous approach to quality, our dedication in supporting our students to exceed their potential, and our collaborative approach towards teaching and learning and employer engagement, we never stand still and the college will continue to progress."