Award for top training centre

Summerhouse Education and Equitation Centre has been awarded Beacon status by the Learning and Skills Council.

The Gloucestershire-based centre received the award from lifelong learning, further and higher education minister Margaret Hodge at a ceremony in Westminster earlier this week.

Margaret Hodge says: “We must recognise and celebrate success in the further education and work-based learning sector.

“Summerhouse has maintained excellent standards in its delivery of key skills and equine delivery of learning on a national basis, its self assessment processes and its reporting and development planning.

“This is a local work-based learning provider to be proud of and I look forward to many more following its lead.”

Beacon status is awarded to further education and sixth-form colleges, and work-based training providers.

To contact Summerhouse Education and Equitation Centre (tel: 01452 720288), e-mail: gallop@summerhouseec.co.uk or visit: www.summerhouseec.co.uk

Become a member

Membership of NAGS is free to all bona fide grooms and students. Benefits include: Horse & Hound subscription at £1 per copy, £3 discount voucher on a sack of Blue Chip Dynamic, 10% discount on Splash Equestrian equipment and clothing, no P&P charges from Equestrian Vision mail order and eligibility for NAGS-only competitions and offers.

If you are interested in becoming a member write to: NAGS, Room 2018, Kings Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1 9LS (tel: 020 7261 6993), or e-mail: nags@ipcmedia.com

And remember, the club is open to all students, not just those studying for an equine qualification.

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