New College once again tops the table for the local area

New College’s consistency as a provider of excellent post-16 education has once again come into the spotlight with the release of the latest figures from the Department for Education (DfE).

The figures, based on last summer’s A-Level results, show that whatever post-16 option you are considering – school sixth forms, FE colleges, a sixth form college or a private school – New College Pontefract has the highest value added score of any provider in the Wakefield area.

Value added scores are used by the DfE to measure how much progress students make above and beyond what they would be expected to achieve given their previous GCSE results. They provide a good way of comparing how well students are likely to do at different schools and colleges.

New College’s value added score compared to the national average for A-Levels was +0.17. This means that not only was New College’s performance in 2017-18 above other local providers, it is also above the national average.

“We’re delighted by the DfE’s data,” said Richard Fletcher, Principal of New College Pontefract. “It confirms the message we have been giving parents and students for several years, which is that if you want a specialist provider of post-16 education, we are the best in the Wakefield area for A-Level provision.”

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New College’s final Open Evening of the academic year is Thursday March 21st, from 5.00 to 7.00pm.

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