Seventh heaven as league tables reveal Northampton College is one of the best in the country

Posted 6th April 2020

New national league tables have revealed Northampton College is now in the top 10 best-performing colleges in the country.

Data released as part of the latest 2018/19 National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) shows Northampton College is placed 7th out of almost 200 colleges for 16 to 18-year-old education and training, up from 11th in the previous year’s rankings.

The rating cements Northampton College’s position as the leading provider of Further Education in the South East Midlands and among the very best in the whole country, thanks to a continuing and determined focus on ensuring each individual student reaches their full potential.

The data has revealed that 96 per cent of Northampton College students pass their course, coming out as the best college in the South East Midlands region for timely achievement at level 1, 2 and 3. Performance in maths and English is also comfortably above the national average, with the college ranked in 13th position for maths and 18th position for English.

The data has revealed the college is ranked fourth nationally for 16 to 18-year-old ESOL provision and the best in the region for all of its adult provision.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal at Northampton College said: “These ratings reflect the incredible work and dedication of our staff and students. They have put in an unbelievable amount of effort over the past 12 months and I’m delighted that has been recognised. We are the leading college in the region and we are now one of the very best in the country too.

“We are out-performing a number of colleges which have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. It’s a phenomenal effort and is proof that focusing on each student as an individual and really concentrating on developing their wider skills for employability, innovation, communication and work ethic pays dividends.

“All staff have bought in to this approach and as a result, students are making good progress in developing their confidence, self-esteem and skills for work.”

Northampton College is officially rated by Ofsted as ‘Good with Outstanding features’ – with a £4.75million Advanced Construction Engineering centre now open at Booth Lane and plans in the pipeline for a state-of-the-art Digital Academy.

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