Northumberland College is celebrating after it was rated as the best performing in the north east for long course student success rate.
The facility’s success rate is the fourth best nationally and it is the only college in the region to feature in the top 12 out of 221 general further education centres in England for 16 to 18-year-olds studying long courses.
This is with a learner success rate of 91.1 per cent and an achievement rate of 97.5 per cent.
And it is ranked sixth nationally and the only north east college to feature in the top 16 for students of all ages studying long courses, with a learner success rate of 89.4 per cent and an achievement rate of 97.2 per cent.
The recognition from the government’s Skills Funding Agency follows an Ofsted report in March which saw it praised for significant improvements.
Principal and chief executive Stuart Cutforth said: “Northumberland College has much to be proud of and these latest success rates, which are based on the 2012-13 academic year that ended on July 31, 2013, are the result of continued staff commitment and the hard work of our students.
“We are confident that we can maintain these success rates for the coming academic year so would urge prospective students and their parents to consider Northumberland College.”
Northumberland College has two main campus sites – Ashington provides a range of vocational courses from art and design and engineering to hair and beauty, while Kirkley Hall is the facility’s land-based centre where students have access to two commercially run farms, an equine centre and zoological gardens with 130 species.
The college also has outreach centres at Berwick and Hexham.
The college offers a range of provision from full-time courses for 14 to 18-year-olds, to apprenticeships, full and part-time courses for 19+ students, a range of higher education HNC, HND and foundation degree courses and bespoke training for employers and works with more than 700 businesses.
For more details visit www.northumberland.ac.uk