Nelson & Colne College tops Lancs education table

Principal of Nelson and Colne College Amanda Melton celebrates success with students. (S)
Principal of Nelson and Colne College Amanda Melton celebrates success with students. (S)

Nelson and Colne College has topped Lancashire’s education table for student progress in A Levels.

As well as staff and students celebrating claiming the county’s crown as the best provider of A Level and vocational qualifications, new performance statistics have also shown the college to be the sixth highest performer in the country for A Level value added scores.

Value added scores look at the results a student joins with and compares them to the results they leave with – meaning students at the college are regularly achieving higher than their predicted grades.

Principal of the college, Amanda Melton, said: “Once again we have been left absolutely delighted with the latest Department for Education figures, which have revealed how our students are regularly exceeding their potential by coming to the college.

“In our latest set of A Level and vocational results we were thrilled to celebrate a 100% pass rate, and see students progress to some of the top universities in the country, including the University of Warwick, the University of York and Newcastle University.

“This year looks set to be just as exciting, with our students currently securing conditional offers for a range of universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and those in the Russell Group, as well as preparing for an apprenticeship or a job.

“This latest news is testament to the hard work of our exceptional staff and students, who regularly go above and beyond to achieve success!”

Success stories from Nelson and Colne College include A Level student Hashaam Khan, who achieved three A* grades in Maths, Physics and Chemistry respectively and is now reading Maths and Physics at the University of Manchester.

Twins Bethany and Courteney Cowgill, who arrived at the college with no qualifications, both left with distinctions in their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport.

Current Level 3 Photography and Media student, Chloe Sedgwick (19) from Colne, added: “The staff here have really helped me a lot over the past three years I have been here, and I do really enjoy college.

“Everyone makes you feel welcome, and everybody is getting the grades that they want.

“Whether you want to go to university or into a job, like me, the tutors will help you and get you on the right track.”