Nescot GCSE students - the next exam is English (paper 1) on Thurs 23 May. For all info please click here

Foundation Learning students held a Coronation tea party in the Seasons Learning Hub at Nescot today (Thursday).

More than 100 students on a range of courses across the department had a competition to decorate crowns, with college CEO and Principal Julie Kapsalis judging the winners and presenting prizes.

The students then enjoyed cakes baked by the department and took part in a special Coronation-themed quiz, as well as writing their own Coronation oaths in their English lessons.

The ten winning entries will now be sent to His Majesty the King, in the hope that the college will receive a reply from Buckingham Palace.

The event was aimed at helping the students to work on their art and catering skills, as well as providing an opportunity to socialise in a supportive setting.

“The students have worked really hard on decorating their crowns, and we really hope King Charles is able to have a look at their designs,” said Julie, who met His Majesty last year.

“It was a pleasure to be able to judge the competition, although it was very difficult to choose the winners because of the high standards throughout.”

Students Chloe W, Sarah and Baillie won the bronze medals; John, Drew and Daniel C won silver; and Sangeeta, Adrian and Daryll won gold. Bradley M was awarded the Principal’s Prize.

The students worked on their pieces during Art and Personal Development sessions over the course of two weeks. Some students used their computer skills to create digital artwork, while others used paint, sequins, glitter and colouring.

Foundation Learning lecturers Julie Bundhoo and Issy Farina Davies worked with the team to organise the competition and the party.

Julie Bundhoo added: “The students were very creative with their Coronation oaths, and their work was extremely profound, such as how they would pledge to protect the environment and always be kind.

“The Coronation is a major event in British history, and we were proud to give the students the opportunity to celebrate it in a way that felt right for them.”

Issy added: “Lots of our students enjoy having the opportunity to attend a social event, but for others it can feel a little challenging.

“Our department supports students to develop their social and communication skills, and this event was an opportunity for students to experience a great sense of community.

“We also offered accommodations ranging from ear defenders to alternative activities in quiet areas for anyone who felt overwhelmed or preferred not to attend.

“Our students learnt a lot from today, and we’re very proud of how they challenged themselves and enjoyed the experience.”

Foundation Learning offers a range of courses for people who have mild to moderate learning difficulties, or who left school without formal qualifications.

To read more about the department and the courses offered, please click here.