by Scott Goodacre
The College, which was officially described as “good with outstanding features” by Ofsted in November 2011, posted a pass rate of 99% – above the national average for the third consecutive year, with two thirds of students achieving A*-C grades.
A third of HNC students gained A* – B grades, with many now set to take up places at some of the country’s most prestigious universities.
Principal Angela Williams said: “It has been another brilliant year at Huddersfield New College with a glowing Ofsted report and now these wonderful A level results.
“The College is especially proud that we have been able to improve our high grades to continue to give students the platform they need to secure places at their first choice universities, especially considering the current competition for places.”
Amongst the students celebrating fantastic results were Sam Ward and Sam McNeil who both achieved some of the highest A level results in the College with all A*s.
Both students will take up places at their first choice universities with Sam Ward (formerly of Huddersfield Grammar School) going to study Physics at Manchester University and Sam McNeil (formerly of Honley High School) off to study Maths at the University of Nottingham.
The two Sams aren’t alone in securing places at top universities. Liam Baker (formerly of Colne Valley High School) has secured a place at Manchester to read Medicine after achieving an A* and two As in his science A Levels and also finding time to play for our Basketball Academy! Jamie George (formerly of Colne Valley High School) will progress to Newcastle University to study English Literature after securing an A* and two As too. Paige Toomes (formerly of Castle Hall School) will join him there on a Combined Arts degree course after also achieving an A* and two As. Phillipa Charnley is also heading to the North East with A*/A grades, after securing a highly prized place on Northumbria University’s Fashion degree course.
HNC is also celebrating another year of impressive vocational A level results, with a 99% pass rate and 81% high grade rate, cementing the College’s reputation as one of the best in the UK for vocational courses.
33 students achieved the highly coveted D* D* D* ( the equivalent to three grade A*s at A level) including Alice Deans (formerly of Colne Valley High School) who achieved D* D* D* in her Science Extended Diploma, alongside a grade B in A level Geography, and is moving on to HAUC to study Countryside and Events Management. Stephanie Harris (formerly of All Saints Catholic College) will be going to Sheffield Hallam University to study Law and Criminology after also achieving D* D* D* in her Business Extended Diploma. Another 100 students achieved DDD (equivalent to AAA at A level) or better, equating to a third of all vocational students achieving the top grades available at A level.
HNC’s success has served to strengthen research from the University of Southampton which shows that students attending specialist sixth form colleges are more likely to achieve top A level grades than students attending school sixth forms and general further education colleges.
The university study discovered that students at sixth form colleges were 7.2% more likely to achieve an A* or A in their exams than teenagers of similar ability and background at school sixth forms and 8.9% more likely than students at general FE colleges.
Angela Williams added: “It was heart-warming to see so many of our students achieving top grades. They’ve earned the right to celebrate.
“Their success fully supports the recent report from Southampton University that sixth form colleges such as ourselves serve students better at A level than school sixth forms or FE colleges, as we can and do offer more choice at A level to meet individual needs.
“HNC has worked really hard to develop a broad range of advanced level courses that can be tailored to meet students’ individual needs, and we continue to invest in improving our facilities, so that our students achievements are amongst the best in Yorkshire.
“This, of course, is supported by the outstanding A level and vocational teaching from our experienced and qualified staff, and I’d like to send my congratulations to everybody for their hard work over the past academic year.”