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Students exceed national average pass rate

23rd February 2015 <b>Students</b> exceed national average pass rate

Following the release of the recent national Achievement Rate Reports, figures reveal an achievement rate of 93.4% for Calderdale College, more than 2.8% above the national average, which is set to see the College climb in the performance tables against other further education providers.

Figures for students aged 16-18 years old saw an 8.8% increase over the last three years which is 7% above the national average for this age group.

Results for functional skills which cover English and maths are 90.9% for 16-18 year old students, 18.9% above the national average and 82.8% for students’ aged 19+, 4.1% above national average. Over the last three years, students aged 16-18 years old have continued to excel in this area, resulting in an increase of 31.9%.

In the current Ofsted report, Calderdale College was praised for equipping students with the skills needed to secure employment and was judged ‘Good’. Inspectors commented on the ‘Outstanding’ success rates for most students aged 16-19 which are well above national average, as well as ‘Outstanding’ outcomes on apprenticeships. Calderdale College was in the top 15 percent of colleges in the country based on their success rates and in the top 10 percent of colleges in the country for 16-18 apprenticeship success rates.

96% of students aged 16-18 achieved their qualification in 2013/2014 and over 200 students progressed onto higher education.

Mark Chambers, former Public Services student, 20, who is now studying Criminology at the University of York said: “My best moment at College was taking part in a week long residential trip which was fantastic. My best moment at university so far was receiving a 1st for delivering a presentation to over 50 people and it is something I wouldn’t have been able to do without the College. My qualification from the College has shown me that I can do anything. I’m here because Calderdale College motivated me to go further. I would definitely recommend the College; it is a great stepping stone and it does prepare you for university.”

Denise Cheng-Carter, Interim Principal at Calderdale College said: “We are extremely proud of our staff and students. These results are testimony to the relentless emphasis on exceptional teaching and learning and the dedication shown by our staff. The College is committed to helping students realise their full potential and giving them the skills needed to secure employment, training or to progress onto higher education.”

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