The number of Northampton College students achieving high grades at GCSE is on the up – with a focus on support for students and high expectations now reaping rewards.
More than one in three students (34 per cent) taking their English GCSE achieved a high grade (grade 4-9) while 27 per cent did so in maths (up from 24 per cent last year) - well above national averages for FE colleges.
The results back up the college’s status as the leading provider of further education in the South East Midlands region and build on last year’s Ofsted inspection, which rated the college as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’.
Having turned 17 on Tuesday, Harry Heaphy celebrated his birthday in style by earning a grade 7 in English - the equivalent to an A grade. The result has given him the chance to study A Levels and he hopes to progress onto university and a potential career in journalism.
He said: "I'm absolutely over the moon. I needed a grade 5 and that was what I was hoping to get so to actually get a grade 7 is amazing. I'm buzzing."
Tatiana Lomakina, originally from Russia, wasn’t confident about using the qualifications achieved in her homeland when applying for jobs in Northampton. Having studied at Booth Lane she now has a grade 8 in maths and will study accountancy from September.
She said: “I’m very grateful to everyone at Northampton College, I had a brilliant tutor and it’s a brilliant place to learn. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
Overall, GCSE results at the College remained strong, with an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.
Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett, said: “We are thrilled to see so many people now able to progress and move on in their lives having achieved the grades they need at GCSE.
“The increase in the number of students achieving high grades is particularly pleasing. We set high expectations of our students, making sure that they always attended their classes regularly and punctually and instilling a culture of hard work and determination. I am thrilled to see our students reap the rewards of months of dedication.
“I am proud of our staff who have worked so hard to support their students throughout the year. They have made a real difference.”
GCSE results day: Thursday 22 August 2019
You will be able to collect your GCSE results on Thursday, 22 August from 9am at Booth Lane and Daventry (depending on where you sat your exams). They will be available to collect until midday at Daventry and 5pm at Booth Lane, after which time they will be posted to your home address.
Please ensure you bring along photographic ID when collecting your results – your College ID card is ideal. Alternatively your driving licence or passport will be fine.
Your results will also be available via your secure login on the Moodle system.
If you are unable to collect your results in person, you can nominate someone to collect them on your behalf. However, they will need to bring a letter from yourself giving them permission to do so as well as their own photographic ID.
Students across Northamptonshire awaiting their A level results this week have been urged to consider staying closer to home with an alternative to university that could save them thousands of pounds.
Smaller class sizes, flexible study options and significant cost savings were highlighted by Pat Brennan-Barrett, principal of Northampton College.
She said: “Higher education courses at Northampton College save you at least a third in tuition fees. Going to university is expensive so we urge students to look closely at our HE provision, a much more practical alternative to university which enables people to keep costs down by studying closer to home.
“Our course fees are much lower, with the cost of a two-year full-time HND set at just £6,165 per year compared with up to £9,250 for a university course. Students will still have the opportunity to convert the qualification into a degree with one further year of study, so you can still work towards the career of your choice.”
The average distance between the home postcode and the classroom for college students in HE is 15 miles, compared with 53 miles for those attending a university.
Choosing an HE program at Northampton College also brings other advantages. The class sizes are smaller and there are flexible study options, including part-time courses, which means students can combine work and study and juggle work or family commitments.
Northampton College’s HE options, which include HNCs, HNDs, and apprenticeships, enable students to develop hands-on professional and technical skills. Some students will be returning to education or already at work and keen to progress in their career.
Mrs Brennan-Barrett added: “Employability skills are at the heart of what we teach, and we place great emphasis on guiding students towards exciting and fulfilling careers.”
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