Month: December 2016

‘Isaac At’ appointment keeps it in the City College family

Isaac At, the highly-acclaimed new Brighton restaurant launched last year by City College Brighton and Hove alumni Isaac Bartlett-Copeland (Head Chef/Owner) and Alex Preston - Isaac At Nov 16 webGeorge Thomas (Sous Chef & Young Chef of the Year 2016 finalist), has given the key role of restaurant manager to another former City College Catering student, Alex Preston (21).

‘Alex has a really good attention to detail which he clearly picked up at the College which really helps with all the specific elements of setting up the restaurant for a service right through to choosing the wines,’ says Isaac. ‘It’s absolutely significant that we’ve got core members of the team who are all ex-City College. We can learn and grow as a team but it’s important that everyone has that fundamental knowledge and understands the kind of excellence we’re aiming for.’

Alex, who impressed his tutors with his front-of-house skills at City College’s training restaurant, The Gallery, says: ‘Taking on this kind of responsibility can be stressful but I always wanted to push for a challenge. I’ve found out how the team here work and love everything about it so it’s a great thing to be part of. The fact that Isaac and George are also ex-City College makes it feel like re-uniting with old colleagues to create something brilliant.’

Talking of his time at the College, Alex adds: ‘Without the support I had from the front-of-house tutors at City College, I wouldn’t be where I am. I was having a particularly hard time during my second year on the course which they picked up on and they really went the extra mile to get me through the qualification.’

For more information on Catering courses at City College, call 01273 667759, email or see

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Prince’s Trust Team transforms pre-school play area in Hangleton

A group of local youngsters on City College Brighton and Hove’s Prince’s Trust Prince's Trust - Hangelton Community Centre Nov 16 webTeam programme have refurbished the Little Ducklings Pre-School outdoor play-area at Hangleton Community Centre. Alongside a much-needed clear up, leaf-
sweeping and tidying up the mini garden, the hard-working Hove team brightened up the area with extensive painting and created a Dr Seuss mural and a numbered caterpillar where the children put their coats inside.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course for 16-25 year olds which helps unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence to find a job. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, training or education.

Nicolette Bedwell, Manager of Little Ducklings, says: “The contribution the Prince’s Trust Team made was amazing, we’re really happy with all their hard work and the children love what’s been done. All the tasks they took on were things that we always wanted done but just didn’t have enough time in the day. All the team were lovely young people, easy to work with and did exactly what was required.”

 Team member Tom Dunford says:“I really enjoyed how we pulled together as a team and managed to get so much work done. Once we’d finished and looked at the transformation we’d made, all the team felt really proud.”

For more details on the Prince’s Trust Team programme at City College, email


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