It’s official – Huddersfield New College is outstanding in its field!

The Salendine Nook college is the first sixth form college in the UK to receive the top Ofsted rating since the watchdog introduced new guidelines in September last year.

And sticking with the theme of being top of the class, it was also the first college nationally to be judged as having “no significant weaknesses.”

The college was praised for its varied curriculum and enthusiastic teachers.

Huddersfield New College, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield.

Principal Angela Williams said: “I am extremely proud of our students and their families, our staff and our governors who have all helped the College to attain ‘outstanding.’

“It has taken years of hard work to become one of the best sixth form colleges in the country and we fully intend to continue to stay top of the class and to transform even more lives.”

The college was judged on its students’ personal developments, behaviour and welfare, in a framework described as “extremely rigourous.”

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The inspection was carried out in April by a team for four officers, giving top marks for each section.

A spokesman for Ofsted said: “The bar for ‘outstanding’ is set exceptionally high.”

Huddersfield New College Principal Angela Williams with students and senior colleagues Peter Kennedy, Glyn Barker, Sonia Ross, Andrew Shaw, Zoe Shackleton, Gabriel Mellor, Neville Phillips and Kam Rodgerson celebrate their Outstanding Ofsted report.

Linda Summers, chairman of governers for New College, said: “All the students and staff at Huddersfield New College go the extra mile and, between them, they achieve outstanding results.

“The Ofsted inspectors recognised that our students achieve outstanding outcomes and develop into confident and respectful young adults.”

New College currently has 2,400 students studying for A Levels and BTEC qualifications.

In August 2015, they published their “best ever” exam results placing them in the top ten per cent nationwide for student performance in A Levels.