Northumberland College's success rates are fourth best
nationally and it is the only North East college to feature in the
top 12 out of 221 general further education colleges in England for
16-18 year olds studying long courses, with a learner success rate
of 91.1% and an achievement rate of 97.5%.
The college ranks sixth best nationally and is 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% and an
achievement rate of 97.2%.
This latest achievement follows the college's Ofsted result
last March when it achieved a Grade 2 result and praise from
inspectors for significant improvements.
The Ofsted result was perhaps all the more of an achievement,
since it came after Ofsted introduced changes to the way it
inspects schools and further education colleges, with renewed focus
on standards of teaching and learning. Since these changes in
the Ofsted inspection framework several colleges have seen their
gradings go down.
Stuart Cutforth, Principal and Chief Executive, said:
"Northumberland College has much to be proud of and these latest
success rates, which are based on the 12/13 academic year that
ended on 31 July 2013, are the result of continued staff commitment
and the hard work of our students, we're 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 for vocational courses."
Northumberland College has two main campus sites; Ashington
provides a wide range of vocational courses from art and design and
engineering to hair and beauty, while Kirkley Hall is the college's
land-based centre where students have access to two commercially
run farms, an equine centre and zoological gardens with 130
The college also has outreach centres at Berwick and
The college offers a broad range of provision from full-time
courses for 14 to 18s, 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 over 700 businesses across the region.
Anyone seeking course advice or information on how to apply
should visit www.northumberland.ac.uk, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01670 841 200.