Staff and students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form are celebrating once again, as 2014 proves to be another outstanding year with an A Level pass rate of 100%.

This success follows on from the College being recognised as 1st in the country for A Level Value Added scores. These scores measure the distance between a student’s eventual A Level grades compared to the results they were predicted based on their GCSEs. This means that our students routinely outperform others across the country! The College ranks as the 4th highest performing college in the country for A Level grades.

College Principal, Amanda Melton is understandably delighted with the outstanding results and said“I am thrilled for all of our students who have worked extremely hard this year and are fully deserving of their excellent success. Special thanks must be given to the College’s excellent team of staff for their continued commitment to exceptional teaching. In particular we’re delighted to see the number of A* grades continuing to rise and to see so many of our students secure their first choice places at some of the country’s leading universities. It is an exciting time for our students as they now move into university or employment, but I know that they will do so with great skills and increased confidence. They are a credit to East Lancashire.”

This year more than 380 students from the College will progress to top universities across the UK including the University of York, UCL (University College London), the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds, the University of Bath, Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool, studying exciting and challenging degree programmes such as Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, Physics with Astrophysics, French with Asian/African Language, Maths, Chemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacy, Business Management, Advanced Psychology, English Language and Literature and Law.

This excellent achievement builds on the College’s on-going success. It has been graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in two full inspections since 2005 and is also a Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Beacon College – confirming the College’s status as one of the best in the country. The College is also one of only a small elite selection of education establishments to have been awarded STEM Assured® status by the New Engineering Foundation (NEF), which recognises excellence in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) provision within the Further Education sector.

Nelson and Colne College has a long-standing tradition of excellence, with whole generations of families benefitting from the education they received as a student at the College. This year’s results, at 100% A level pass rate, is further validation that the people of East Lancashire have a truly outstanding College on their doorstep; one which nurtures and supports its students so that they achieve to the very best of their abilities. It is largely due to the College’s small and caring environment and outstanding teaching that so many students are able to go on to some of the best universities in the country, or into challenging and worthwhile careers.

Star students

Umair Asif is a former student of Colne Primet Academy.

He gained 2 A*s, 2 As and a Distinction in the Advanced Extension Award for Maths

He is progressing to the University of York to read Physics and Maths

Craig Hardy is a former student of Unity College

He gained 1 A*, 1 A, 1 B and 1 C.

He is now progressing to the University of York to read Chemistry.

Lewis Turner is a former pupil of Shuttleworth College

He gained 1 A* and 2 As

He is now progressing to the University of Birmingham to read Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence.

Returning to college paid off for Sarah

Sarah Kendall is 25 and a former student of St. Christopers CE High School.

She is celebrating after achieving 1 A* and 2 As in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

She is now able to progress to the University of Leeds to read Microbiology

Scientific Degree for Joseph!

Joseph Gawthrop is a former pupil of Colne Park High School.

He gained 3 A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

He is now going to progress to the University of Bath to read Natural Sciences.

Smiles all round!

Lauren Tansey is a former pupil of pupil of SS John Fisher and Thomas More Catholic Humanities College.

She gained 1 A* and 2 As and she will now progress to the University of Leeds to read Maths.

Amy Elliot is a former pupil of Pendle Vale College.

She has gained 2 A*s and 2 As and she will now progress to the University of Manchester to read Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics.

Ashleigh Haythornthwaite is a former pupil of SS John Fisher and Thomas More Catholic Humanities College.

She gained 1 A*, 1 A and 1 B and will now progress to Lancaster University to read Maths.