Students and staff at a North East College are celebrating after being named as one of the best performing colleges in England.
Latest figures reveal a success rate of 91.8% - more than 8% above the national average – which puts the college in the top 10% of colleges.
These figures represent a 9% increase over the last three years with 16-18 year old students doing particularly well, performing more than 9% above the national average for this age group..
A Levels success rates were equally impressive at 99%, more than 4% above the national average.
Gateshead College’s principal and chief executive Judith Doyle said: “These are a fabulous set of results confirming that we are moving ahead confidently, with strong performances across all areas of the curriculum. I’m incredibly proud of my staff team and our students who have achieved such fantastic results.
“However, our work is not just about statistics and data and our focus remains on ensuring a well-rounded, top quality learning experience for each and every one of our students, supporting them to realise their potential and leave us with the skills, ambition and confidence that gives them a real edge when it comes to securing employment, going on to further training or university or starting their own business.”
College wide, there were a number of the courses turning in extremely strong performances – results for science, engineering, manufacturing, motor vehicles, hair and beauty, health and social care, travel and tourism, administration and business management were all well above the national average for the same subjects.
There was also a marked improvement in the number of students passing GCSE re-sits in mathematics and English. Figures reveal this was more than 10% above the national average and crucially those achieving A* - C grades were also well ahead of the national rate, particularly in mathematics, which was way above the sector norm by 20%.
This latest success follows news that Gateshead College is also in the top 10% of apprenticeship providers in England for a third year in a row.