Waltham Forest College

Create Your Future - Open Evening Wednesday 22nd March 4:30pm -7:30pm

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The Science of Beauty Cosmetics Explained Simply

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Rather than spending tons of money on beauty products, Level 2 Beauty Therapy students went behind the scenes of a cosmetics lab to uncover the secrets of cosmetics production.

The students signed up with the Beau Pro Training Academy for an intensive training programme to formulate organic cosmetics. The programme consists of mastering the scientific elements of cosmetic product making, and the UK laws for selling safe cosmetic. 

The girls experimented with a combination of raw ingredients to create batches of lip balms, cleansers, moisturisers, face scrub gels and toners; using different quantities of preservatives and oils. They modified their recipes to alter characteristics that contained skin-loving properties such as essential and carrier oils, raw honey, grounded nuts, rosewater, sea salts and more.

Amazed by the level of scientific and technical knowledge, Ann Kilili , ‘It’s good to know how cosmetic products are mixed together and which ones are not to be used. I’ve bought many skincare products in the past and they have not been the best for my skin. Now I know why’.

Samantha who has worked for Dermalogica and Phillips Electronics, and is the Founder of Beau Pro Training Academy said, ‘This programme is a new and exciting course that the girls can take to further their career, create their own brand and produce bespoke products for their own customers’.

The students became cosmetic chemists and were awarded with a CPD certificate in developing and making their own natural products; paving the way for a successful specialist career.


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East meets West: Star chef shows students tricks of the trade

Aspiring chefs joined forces with Alyn Williams, a former student and the Owner of Alyn Williams at the Westbury to serve a three-course luxury menu.

From the crack of dawn, students and Star Chef worked endlessly to bring their souls to the recipes that celebrate the festive season. The rich flavours of Modern European cuisine balanced with fantastic local produce were transformed for the delight of the overbooked event. Staff and guests gathered to enjoy the experience of delicious food; braised beef cheeks, pommes mousseline, and grilled baked root vegetables followed by crème fraiche deserts in The Mallinson Restaurant.

Alyn Williams was delighted to support his former College and help students practise teamwork and discipline in the kitchen, he said “Talent in cooking is changing rapidly. Today, you can get delicious food at a local casual restaurant so the competition is high”.

The collaboration ended with success giving students real-life experience in a restaurant setting. The students were excited to access more cooking skills from an expert that they can take back to their careers. Ex-Waltham Forest College student and Junior Chef at The Westbury restaurant, Josh Ausena said, “It felt good coming back to college and sharing classic techniques I’ve learnt working for Alyn Williams”.

Born and raised in East London, Alyn Williams’ love for food was the start of his career. After earning his City & Guild Cooking for Catering course and working for Gordan Ramsy as Head Chef, he started his own fine dining at the Westbury Hotel Mayfair. The students were encouraged by his stories of life catering for the crème de la crème, Alyn said “The challenge is when people don’t believe in you but I overcame them all by self-belief and passion in my career”.

Mission Impossible Trip to London


Travel & Tourism students from Waltham Forest College recently embarked on a trip titled ‘Mission Impossible’ within London on Tuesday 11 October.

The aim of the trip was for students to experience first-hand a typical day out for a visitor to London, and to recognise the extensive variety of employment positions and opportunities within the industry.

Students worked in small groups of 3 and 4 following a designated and specially devised tourist trail whilst answering questions about famous London tourist landmarks in order to present their findings in a handwritten letter to a friend or relative who has not been to London before.

The students used various transport methods, having previously studied a map of the underground, and were tasked to meet at the fountain of Russell Square. They travelled on route to Liverpool Street Station, bypassing several London landmarks including St Paul's Cathedral, the Old Bailey and the Bank of England.

For more information on the Travel & Tourism course, visit the College’s Open Evening on Wednesday 9 November 2016, between 4.30pm - 7.30pm, or email: myfuture@waltham.ac.uk


GLITZ AND GLAMOUR: Our Creative Arts Students given taste of fashion world

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Our Fashion students partnered with The London College of Fashion to produce a two-day Fashion Styling Workshop for  students, who launched their very own fashion photo-shoot.

The workshop introduced a range of related subjects such as researching trends, celebrities styling, styling in a magazine shoot and the different ways to style a product to attract customers. The students had the opportunity to develop ideas for fashion images and learn from an expert.

The students divided into groups and stepped into the roles of a stylist, creative director, photographer and model to produce a denim theme photo-shoot. From ripped jackets, embroidered jeans, faux fur, and leather; the groups utilised their roles and came up with innovative ideas to shoot around the College.

Kwame Oti Anderson, who was the Creative Director in his group photo-shoot, said ‘‘the workshop was great. I learned how to work in a team to pull together different looks for a fashion image. Denim never goes out of style, so it was fun to play around with ideas”.

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The workshop offered students hands-on training to inspire them to succeed in what is a competitive industry. Ayce Gunner Petersen, Level 3 Fashion Student said, “I’ve gained more insight into the overview role of a stylist and I now know where not to go wrong”.

Kalina Pulit, Fashion Styling Lecturer at The London College of Fashion, who has produced projects for fashion labels and featured in pop culture magazines such as Dazed and Confused, said ‘I was very proud of all the students' creative ideas, passion and team effort. The photos were amazing and I can see them in real magazines”.

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Barnet and Southgate College and Waltham Forest College announce plans to explore merger

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Today the chairs of Barnet and Southgate College and Waltham Forest College announced that they are pleased to move to the next stage of collaborating with each other.  This will include consulting on merger proposals to form a single college from 1 August 2017.

Welcoming the announcement, Ann Zinkin, the chair of Barnet and Southgate College, said: “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Waltham Forest College.  We share the same objectives of building a vibrant, high quality and financially resilient college that serves young people well and meets the wider aspirations of the local communities and businesses in the area. Today marks an important step forward for both colleges, though we still have a lot more work to do before the merger can take place.”

Paul Butler, the chair of Waltham Forest College, said: “We will be consulting the local community and stakeholders shortly on proposals, and look forward to working with Barnet and Southgate to build a brighter future for North and East London.  A single, joined-up college will give us the ability to extend our training offer and deliver a wider range of high-quality courses that meet the needs of young people and local, regional and national businesses.  We also look forward to strengthening our ties with other neighbouring colleges as we go forwards.”

Both chairs also confirmed they remain keen to strengthen working links with other neighbouring colleges as they move forwards.  In particular, once they have made further progress in effecting this merger, they look forward to opening discussions with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London on further collaboration and other options to support skills development across London.  The two colleges remain committed to working with other colleges, employers and learning providers to improve training provision in the region.

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