New College tops DfE tables once again

New College’s strength as a consistent 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 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 your son or daughter is likely to do at different schools and colleges.

New College’s value added score for A-Levels was +0.13, whilst their score for vocational post-16 courses such as Level 3 BTECs was an impressive +0.62.

“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, whatever type of course you want to follow, we are the best in the Wakefield area.”

The full tables can be found by visiting

New College’s last Open Evening of the academic year is Thursday March 22nd, from 5.00 to 7.00pm.