A higher and further education provider with colleges across south east London has been recognised by the Queen for its work.

London South East Colleges, which has sites in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, and Orpington, has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the highest possible honour for further and higher education institutions.

The institution is just one of only four colleges to have won the award for its pioneering provision of technical and vocational education.

In particular, the nomination highlighted the College’s recent work within the construction industry, pioneering a strategic engagement programme - the Construction Skills Generator - to help support housing ambitions in greater London in partnership with employers and other stakeholders.

Chair of London South East Colleges, Stephen Howlett, said: “This is such a great honour for the College and I am hugely appreciative to the Royal Anniversary Trust and indeed Her Majesty The Queen herself for bestowing this honour upon our institution.

“For me, this award reflects the dedication and effort of London South East Colleges as a whole to support local communities with sustainable, high quality education - inspiring people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to achieve their ambitions.

“Our approach supports social mobility, which is key to a region’s current and future economic success. I am proud to be part of this innovative organisation and delighted to see it being awarded such significant royal accolade.”

In February, a glittering reception will be held at Guildhall and the following day, medals will be presented to winning institutions at Buckingham Palace.