Reading AheadFatou Sarr Ndao receives her Reading Ahead certificate from outgoing Principal Andy Forbes.

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) has achieved a gold award in this year’s Reading Ahead challenge.

More than 200 students from across the College took part in the national reading scheme run by the Reading Agency.

Gold, silver and bronze awards are presented by the Reading Agency to organisations with at least 150, 100 or 50 participants respectively.

Most of those taking part have been studying English and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses.

Reading Ahead takes place every year in libraries, colleges and workplaces across the country and aims to improve reading skills and encourage people to read more.

Participants choose six books and review them in a diary. Anyone can take part, although it is particularly aimed towards people who want to improve their literacy skills.

Outgoing Principal Andy Forbes, presented every student who took part with a certificate from the Reading Agency.

The students were also entered into a local prize draw to win book tokens worth £20 and a national draw to have their name featured in a new book by crime writer Ann Cleeves.

CONEL received a gold award having received a silver award for the previous three years.

Mr Forbes became Principal of City and Islington College, part of CONEL’s parent group Capital City College Group, earlier this month.

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