Against a backdrop of the new GCSE framework where overall pass rates have fallen nationally, students across the three colleges that comprise the Hadlow Group have outperformed their peers with a higher pass rates than last year.
Benefiting from smaller class sizes and dedicated support, the students at the colleges achieved an increase in both maths and English. At Ashford College, students achieved a 8.2% rise in the A*-C pass mark for their maths GCSE when compared to last year and 40% of them passed their English exam with grades 9-4 - this is against a national average in colleges of 29% for English. These subjects were completed alongside their main vocational study programme and they represent a crucial element to ensure that all students who complete their courses have been given the skills and experiences necessary for a successful career.
Commenting on the success, Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, the Deputy Principal and CEO, said “these results are really positive for the Group, the students concerned and those students who are looking to join us this coming September. GCSEs present a real challenge for the FE sector as a whole, which is why it is especially pleasing that, against falling pass rates, we have once again bucked the trend and improved our year on year position.”