College’s efforts to promote international education opportunities are celebrated at royal garden party


Representatives from East Coast College were honoured to attend a prestigious royal garden party in recognition of the college’s efforts to promote international education and expand opportunities for students.

Assistant Principal, Holly Chase, and Curriculum Manager, Helene Quin, attended the party at Buckingham Palace in May, where the college’s achievements were acknowledged by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York.

Through the visionary Turing Scheme, East Coast College staff have successfully secured funding and organised life-changing educational trips for students studying in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth to visit destinations including New Zealand, Vietnam, South Africa, Italy, California and Germany. These experiences have allowed students to broaden their horizons, immerse themselves in diverse cultures, and advance their career aspirations on a global scale.

Mrs Chase said: “The recognition at Buckingham Palace is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and the transformative impact these international experiences have on our students. Despite the rain, the atmosphere at the party remained vibrant and the occasion marked a significant milestone for the college in the funding which has been secured.”

East Coast College continues to inspire and empower young people to reach beyond local boundaries, fostering a community of global citizens prepared to thrive in an interconnected world.

Ethan, an East Coast College Childcare student who travelled to New Zealand through the Turing Scheme, said: “The experience changed my life, going to New Zealand pushed me out of my comfort zone and my confidence soared. I learnt so much about their education and this will help me become a much better practitioner.”

Fellow student Alicia added: “My time in New Zealand learning the Te Whariki curriculum was life-changing and will help me with my pedagogy in the activities I plan. It has helped me further my knowledge and continue my professional development.”

The Turing Scheme is the UK’s programme for studying abroad, offering opportunities for personal and professional student development. The funding allows further education colleges to provide students with the chance to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability.