College is top of the class!

TOP OF THE CLASS:  Principal Amanda Melton celebrates Nelson and Colne College's latest success with students (S)

TOP OF THE CLASS: Principal Amanda Melton celebrates Nelson and Colne College's latest success with students (S)

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Proud staff and students are celebrating success as their Pendle college is placed in the top 1% in the country.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has once again bucked the national trend following the release of two sets of data.

In the latest Alps report, the Nelson-based college has gone from being in the top 5% of schools and colleges, to the top 1% of 1,122 establishments nationally.

And in the recent Department for Education’s School and College Performance Table, the Scotland Road site was shown to be the best college in the area for both A Level and Vocational success.

College principal Amanda Melton said: “I am thrilled by the continued success of our fantastically able students.

“Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form may be small in size, but we are clearly an excellent place to study for those wishing to achieve their best possible results.

“Congratulations to the class of 2014, on whom these results are based. You worked hard and were justly rewarded; and a big thank you to all my staff, who go over and above to ensure that every single student has the best possible experience, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to go on and be successful in their higher education and future careers.

“This data comes after the launch of our brand new facilities for Sport and Science, meaning that future students will benefit from even greater facilities.

“We are thrilled to remain at the heart of education in East Lancashire and will continue to help young people in our area to achieve to the best of their abilities.”

The Alps reports are designed to give an analysis of a school or college, based on how they have performed against national benchmarks at student, subject or overall level at A Level or Level 3 Vocational programmes.

Each school or college receives detailed feedback about their performance in each of these areas.

At the college. the percentage of students gaining AAB A Level grades is higher than all other colleges locally and it has maintained its status as the best college in the area for A Level Value Added Scores. It has also improved its position in the tables to also be named as top in the area for Vocational Value Added Scores.

Value Added Scores look at the results a student joins with and compares them to the results they leave with - meaning students at Nelson and Colne College are regularly achieving higher than their predicted grades.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “Congratulations to Nelson and Colne College. It has been a privilege to work with such an outstanding college on things like apprenticeships and the recent £3.6m investment in facilities.

“I pay tribute to the work of Amanda Melton and all the staff on the fantastic results.”