Our student success rates of 90.4% mean we’re the best performing college in the region and ranked the 4th best performing college in the country.

This result makes us the No.1 college in the whole north east region, meaning our students get better grades than any other college, putting them in the best possible position to get a job, get a university place or secure an apprenticeship. 

Success Rate 2 X Bubbles 15 16
Source: The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) 2015/16 data.

The SFA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Success rates are a measure of how many students stay on course and pass their qualifications.


In 2015 we were given the highest possible grading by Ofsted for the quality of our education and training. Here are some of extracts from the report. Or you can read the full version here.

  • Learners develop outstanding employability skills so that they have the ‘employment edge’.
  • The quality of work experience is excellent.
  • The college environment is highly inclusive, providing a supportive and challenging learning environment for learners.
  • Learners benefit from very high levels of motivation, care and support from all staff, ensuring high rates of retention and progress.