A switch from white paper to blue for class work and exams sparked the key difference in performance for Nelson and Colne College student Harry Smales.

Former Park High School student Harry, 18, from Colne, is progressing on to the University of Leeds to study Maths after achieving A*AB in his Maths, Further Maths and Physics A Level exams.

Harry was encouraged by his tutor to be tested for visual stress shortly after starting at Nelson and Colne College to aid the way he processes information visually, and a change of colour of paper is now contributing towards his A Level Results celebrations.

 Harry said: “I’m extremely happy today with my results! 

“Not long after I began first year at College, my tutor suggested I should go for a test for visual stress as I wasn’t getting through my exams within the time limit or doing as well as I could.

 “Since then, I’ve had everything on blue paper instead of white and there was a massive improvement in my progress and achievement, and I was finishing my exam questions.

 “I’d definitely recommend Nelson and Colne College to others. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and it’s a shame it has only been two years!

 “I’ve really enjoyed the teaching within the classes and I’ve had so many opportunities to meet new people and challenge myself along the way too – including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and Bebras, a computational thinking challenge.”

 In its 2017/18 results, NCC achieved a 99% pass rate at A Level and a 100% pass rate in advanced vocational courses. 

The college is top in the country for 16-18 learner achievement at all levels, number one in the country for A Levels, based on progress scores, and the number one college in the country for overall Apprenticeship achievement at all ages and levels.

Government data also places NCC as the best college in the area for vocational courses, based on progress scores, while it is also the best college in Lancashire for student satisfaction, according to the FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey.

 For more information on NCC visit www.nelson.ac.uk or contact the Admissions Team on 01282 440272.