Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is celebrating after it has been officially placed in the top 1% of schools and colleges nationally.

Despite national decline, the College is knocking the trend and is celebrating continued outstanding results. Recent Government Data from the Department for Education’s School’s and College’s Performance Tables has shown that the college remains the best college in the area for both A Level and Vocational success!

The percentage of students achieving a minimum of AAB grades at A Level is highest of all other colleges locally and it continues to be the best college in the area for A Level Value Added Scores; whilst also improving its position in the tables to also be named as top in the area for Vocational Value Added Scores.

Value Added Scores look at the results a student joins with and compares them to the results they leave with – This means Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form students regularly outperform, based on their predicted grades.

Last year The Alps reports placed the College as being in the top 5% of schools and colleges nationally, so Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form are justly thrilled to have improved this, to be ranked this year in the top 1% by Alps.  The Alps reports are designed to give an analysis of a school or college, based on how they have performed against national benchmarks at student, subject or overall level at A Level or Level 3 Vocational programmes. Each school or college receives detailed feedback about their performance in each of these areas—and Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has been found to be in the top 1% of 1,122 schools and colleges from across the entire nation.

College Principal, Amanda Melton, said, “I am thrilled by the continued success of our fantastically able students. Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form may be small in size, but we are clearly an excellent place to study for those wishing to achieve their best possible results. Congratulations to the class of 2014, on whom these results are based. You worked hard and were justly rewarded; and a big thank you to all my staff, who go over and above to ensure that every single student has the best possible experience, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to go on and be successful in their higher education and future careers.”


“This data comes after the launch of our brand new facilities for Sport and Science, meaning that future students will benefit from even greater facilities! We are thrilled to remain at the heart of education in East Lancashire and will continue to help young people in our area to achieve to the best of their abilities.”