Telford College is celebrating another strong year of GCSE results, with English and maths pass rates once again comfortably out-performing the national average.
A total of 99% of students recorded passes this year under the new 9-1 grading system, which has replaced the A*-G ratings for all GCSEs.
Maths successes were 99% compared with the national average of 91%, while English passes were 99% – again well ahead of the national average, which was 92%.
- 16-18 English GCSE 9-4: 32.2% AOC National average 9-4: 29.7% (1.5% above)
- 16-18 Maths GCSE 9-4: 27.7% AOC National average 9-4: 18.2% (9.5% above)
The GCSE results come on the back of a successful year of A level passes at Telford College this year, with 100% pass rates in a string of subjects – many of which also out-performed the national average.
Graham Guest, principal and chief executive of Telford College, said: “These are great GCSE results, and our students should be very proud to see their hard work rewarded.
“It’s been a great couple of weeks; our GCSE and A level successes are fantastic news for the college, as we continue to evolve our curriculum, and give students the employability skills they need for a successful career.
“The importance of achieving maths and English qualifications cannot be over-stressed – it opens up a much wider range of higher level course and employment choices for young people.”
Under a massive shake-up of the GCSE system, all the traditional A* to G grades have been replaced with a new 9-1 grading system. Grades 9-7 are equivalent to the old A* and A, while B and C grades are now replaced by 6-4.
Many GCSE students are now enrolling for Telford College’s revolutionary new 7th Form, which opens for the first time at the Haybridge campus next month.
It combines traditional academic A Levels with vocational pathways, and links to mentors from a series of high-profile Shropshire businesses.
Enrolment is now open from August 23 to September 7 staffed from 8.30am to 5pm, with Telford College holding GCSE Progress Hubs today and tomorrow, by a team of professionally qualified expert staff.
Mr Guest said: “There has never been more choice on offer to young people in Shropshire, whatever their GCSE grades. So the message is: if you have a specific career in mind, it’s important to check out all your education options.”