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16 Dec

New College students perform at Wakefield Cathedral

Music students at New College Pontefract, showcased an array of musical talent at Wakefield Cathedral this week. The students took part in the lunchtime and evening Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 15, in front of an audience of over 200 people. The performance included original compositions, solo pieces, a harp player, a pianist and a

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23 Nov

New College Media students work alongside Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Talented media students at New College, Pontefract got the chance to film two original pieces of work for the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. The videos are part of a scheme to develop best practice within the Trust for both work experience students and staff. The students worked alongside nurses, doctors, administration staff and consultant surgeons

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14 Oct

Youth Commonwealth Games medal winner

New College student Joe Litchfield won four silver medals at the recent Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa last month. Following a week of intense training with Team England, Joe flew to Samoa and took part in the event where he swam in the 200 and 400 individual medley, the 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relays. The

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14 Sep

Sports Science HND marks next step in New College’s growing HE programme

New College’s first Sports Science HND students started this week, as the college continues to develop its higher education programme. The twenty eight students will have the opportunity to work with some of the region’s best professional sports men and women on a course with close ties to the Super League’s Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield

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27 Aug

New College’s value-added scores underline best-ever performance

New College’s value-added scores for 2015 were released this week, confirming that the college’s 2015 performance cements its position as one of the very best education providers in the country. The college’s value-added places the college amongst the top 10% of schools and colleges across the country. This means that young people across Wakefield and

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13 Aug

New College’s students’ results are “out of this world”

New College has recorded its highest set of results ever, breaking last year’s outstanding figures. The 2015 A level results saw the college achieve a 100% pass rate for the first time. New College’s Principal, Pauline Hagen described the results as “a reflection of both the very high standards set by teachers and the way

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06 Jul

New College success once again

New College Pontefract have been awarded gold certification by the Investors In People Group for being recognised as an on-going, dedicated and committed organisation. The outstanding sixth form college, recently shortlisted for College of the Year by the TES, was recognised for commitment to continuous improvement, development and growth by the Investors in People. Pauline

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02 Jul

NEW College student selected for England shot put team

New College student Toni Buckingham has been selected to compete alongside the England Athletics shot put team. The 17 year old, who studies PE, economics, business and fashion & textiles design, qualified by throwing 10.5 meters. Her personal best so far has been 12.97m. Toni has previously represented both West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire before

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29 Jun

New College Principal leads calls for national change

The principal of a local sixth form college is petitioning government to give all sixth form colleges the right to join academy chains, where they could contribute to “narrowing gaps, raising attainment, [and] collaboration”, the very goals the government has set. Pauline Hagen, principal of New College Pontefract, is one of the key voices spearheading

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16 Jun

New College launches Teaching School Alliance

New College will be launching a new Teaching School Alliance on Friday 3 July. The event in Pontefract will see institutions including primary, secondary, post-16 and higher education from around the region invited to share ideas, expertise and good practice through the new alliance partnership. The Alliance is part of a network of schools and

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