About Southwark College

Southwark College is a modern further education college in SE1 London, with a proud history of preparing students for a fulfilling career in their chosen sector through courses designed with this in mind. The College offers its diverse community of more than 2,000 learners the chance to learn from tutors with industry experience, benefit from visits and lectures from external businesses, and get hands-on experience by undertaking work placements. Its campus in the heart of London boasts state-of-the-art facilities and an employability hub in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the Department for Work and Pensions.

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Partnerships with employers

Services for employers

As one of London’s top colleges, Southwark College works closely with businesses of all sizes to enable employers to recruit apprentices and support the training of their staff.

The College is always keen to draw on its partnerships with businesses to enrich the experience of its students through guest talks, visits to relevant organisations and workshops delivered by businesses. Many of these have been running successfully for a number of years and are a great way for businesses to engage with students, making a connection with their potential future workforce.

Supporting job seekers

Southwark College boasts an employability hub in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust and the Department for Work and Pensions. At the Hub, students can get expert advice on careers, and guidance on writing a great CV, job applications and interview techniques. A dedicated team also supports students to explore live job vacancies, including part-time job roles. The employer hub partnerships provide invaluable opportunities for staff to develop high quality projects and support students to gain work experience, access masterclasses, guest speaker sessions and industry visits.

Supporting safer communities

Southwark students complete StepWise programme

StreetDoctors and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust delivered a celebration ceremony for Health and Social Care students from Southwark College, following an eight-week education programme for young people to learn emergency lifesaving skills in an effort to support the safer communities initiative in Southwark.

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Southwark College Principalship Team

Jane Button Lewisham College NCG

Jane Button

Principal Southwark College

Jane joined Lewisham College in December 2020 with a commitment to inclusive education and supporting those with significant social barriers to learning. She has over 20 years of experience in curriculum and support services management and was recently appointed Principal of Southwark College.

Scott Peasey

Scott Peasey

Vice Principal Southwark College

Scott joined Southwark College in March 2020. Scott has more than 25 years of experience working in the Further Education Sector and has held management roles at several FE colleges in London and the South-East. Originally a Geography Lecturer, Scott is passionate about developing an innovative curriculum so students have the skills they need to succeed at work or university.

Ria Willoughby

Ria Willoughby

Assistant Vice Principal Southwark College

Ria joined Southwark College in June 2022 as Head of Quality and was recently appointed Assistant Vice Principal for the 16-18 Curriculum. Ria has worked in teaching and management roles in the FE sector in London since she started her career as a Maths teacher in 2011. Ria has a passion for leadership and has completed a masters in educational leadership. Ria has worked for several college groups and is passionate about the wealth of experience and opportunities that college groups can provide to learners.