Northumberland College best in the North East

Northumberland College best in the North East  
Date Published: 02 June 2014

Northumberland College’s students are celebrating after the latest national league tables published by the government’s Skills Funding Agency position the college as the best performing college in the North East for long course student success rates.

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 species. The college also has outreach centres at Berwick and Hexham.
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, email or call 01670 841 200.