PASS rates at Kirklees College are among the best in the country, says a national survey.
In a report just published by The Data Service, the college’s 95.3% pass rate for courses completed in 2010/11 placed it joint fourth in a table of 70 large further education colleges in England. Its percentages were also the best in West Yorkshire.
The results mark a swift turnaround for the college which was in the bottom quarter of the national league table in 2009/10 with pass rates of just 85%.
It will be moving from its current site at the bottom of Trinity Street to a new £73m purpose-built campus at the Waterfront development on Chapel Hill in September.
Andrea Machell, vice principal for curriculum and quality, said: “When we announced our pass rates last year we knew then that it was something to be proud of.
“Every improvement is worth celebrating, but to see the college’s pass rates in the national context now that the data has been published has made everyone at the college feel extremely pleased.
“There are still some areas that we need to improve, but we are confident that we’re giving students the head start they need when it comes to getting a career or progressing through education.”
The college’s executive team said there were a number of reasons for the improvement.
These included closely monitored individual targets for students, renewed commitment from staff and a focus on narrowing the achievement gaps between students from different backgrounds.
Ms Machell added: “The college has also focused on improving its teaching and learning through staff development programmes and by embracing and using good practice from the sector.
“We know from our student surveys that satisfaction with teachers and the quality of teaching is higher than in previous years.
“It’s been a real team effort and the staff have all shown a fantastic commitment to our students and the college’s mission of ‘creating opportunities, changing lives.’”
All the colleges listed had over 10,000 enrolments for 2010/11.