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17 Oct

New College Student turns to cycling to battle epilepsy

At the age of 5, New College Pontefract student Thomas Goodall was diagnosed with Absence Seizures, a type of epilepsy. These made learning very difficult in his first years at school. Then just when Thomas thought the seizures were starting to become under control, they returned at the age of 11 as nocturnal seizures and

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09 Oct

Former New College student to appear on hit BBC show ‘The Apprentice’

Former New College Pontefract student Joanna Jarjue is set to appear on hit BBC1 show ‘The Apprentice’. The long running reality TV series sees contestants compete to impress Sir Alan Sugar for a £250,000 business investment. Joanna came to New College from St Thomas à Becket Catholic Secondary School and attended here from 2010-2012. She

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28 Sep

NCTSA secures “pot of gold” for schools’ literacy project

The New Collaborative Teaching School Alliance, run from New College Pontefract, has been awarded government funding to improve children’s literacy across Wakefield. The DfE money will be used to finance an ambitious large-scale programme in which school leaders and literacy specialists will work in partnership to meet targets for children’s reading, writing and speaking. Project

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15 Sep

New College Sport Department Awarded Top Marks Again

New College Pontefract’s Sport & Physical Education department has been awarded the Quality Mark with Distinction from the Association for Physical Education for a second time. The top grade, which is awarded for a period of 3 years, is earned for ‘demonstrating outstanding commitment to improvement in Physical Education and Sport’. New College Principal, Richard

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11 Sep

Record Breaking Enrolment at New College Pontefract

New College Pontefract has once again broken its enrolment record with over 2400 students choosing to study at the college from September 2017. In the last 10 years numbers have risen from around 1500, an increase of 62%, adding within touching distance of 1000 extra students during that time. A raft of new buildings and

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17 Aug

Exceptional results once again!

Students, staff and governors are proud and delighted with this year’s exam results, which match the outstanding performance achieved in recent years. Our A-Level students of 2017 achieved an overall pass rate of over 99%, a high grade rate of 54% and an A*-C rate of 81%. This is matched by the equally strong performance

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07 Jul

New College Production of Footloose Wows the Crowds

Superb singing, magnificent musicians and dramatic dancing! New College Pontefract’s annual theatrical production took place between the 4th-6th July. This year the production was of the musical ‘Footloose’ and featured an extravagant 2-tier set designed and built in-house. Each of the 6 shows was a sell out and the cast also performed for high school

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07 Jul

New College Finish Joint Winners in National T20 Cricket Finals

New College Pontefract’s cricket team travelled to Cannock Cricket Club in the Midlands to face Truro-Penrith and Derby in the national T20 finals this week. The team was in a confident mood after finishing runners up in the national indoor cricket finals earlier this year. In their first game of the round robin finals, the

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23 Jun

Former Student Earns Top Art Degree

Former New College student Jess Heritage has qualified with a first class honours degree in Fine Art from CSM University of Arts in London. Jessica attended Carleton Community High School before studying at New College between 2010-2012. Jessica was a very talented and committed student who gained an A* grade in her Art A-Level. New Collaborative Learning Trust

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13 Jun

College Production – Footloose

Our annual college production returns from the 4th-6th July with our students performing ‘Footloose’. The show features the most elaborate set ever constructed for a New College production! Matinee performances are free for college students and staff. Tickets for evening performances can be purchased from the payments desk on the lower ground floor of the

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