Telford College outperforms the national average – again

Published: August 20, 2020

Telford College is celebrating another strong year of GCSE results, with pass rates once again comfortably out-performing the national average.

The college has also seen a sharp rise in the number of students receiving distinction or distinction star grades in their vocational BTEC qualifications.

High grade GCSE maths and English passes – at grade four or above – are running well ahead of the national average for the fourth successive year.

Graham Guest, Telford College principal

Graham Guest, Telford College principal

Graham Guest, Telford College principal

The proportion of GCSE English passes for Telford College’s adult students also remains higher than the UK average.

On the BTEC programme, there was a 10% increase in the number of double-grade students receiving two distinctions or above, and for those with triple grades, the proportion of students who received at least one distinction star grade rose by more than 9%.

Creative digital, business and public services were among the college’s top-performing vocational areas.

The college welcomed the Government’s decision to give GCSE students the grades estimated by their teachers, rather than using a controversial algorithm.

It had already made its own decision to accept teacher-assessed GCSE grades for all new students this year before the U-turn was announced.

Graham Guest, Telford College principal and chief executive, said: “The past few days have been emotionally draining for our students, because they had worked so hard.

“Our staff put so much work and effort into putting the information together that went off to the awarding bodies in June – for that to have been ignored would have been quite distressing for everybody.”

“We have full confidence in the quality and accuracy of the grades which have been predicted for students. It means that their hard work is now being fairly reflected.

“There is a great community feel in Telford; we are all working together to do the best for the town’s young people.”

Mr Guest added: “Our high level of maths and English attainment is particularly important, as these are the qualifications which open up a much wider range of higher-level course and employment choices for young people.

“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.”

College staff are now on hand to discuss progression opportunities with students. The college’s course enquiries hotline is 01952 642237.

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Information for Students – Release of results

GCSEs will be available to view from 8:00am on 20 August on ProPortal. A statement of results will also be sent to your College email address.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will not be possible for you to collect results in person. However, if you require a printed copy of your statement of results please email exams@telfordcollege.ac.uk and a copy will be posted to the address held on record by the College.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical results will not be available on 20 August.  The College is awaiting further advice from the awarding bodies.  Students will be sent an update once these are available.

If you have concerns about your results or you are thinking about sitting exams in the autumn, please contact the College on 01952 642200 or email info@telfordcollege.ac.uk. Your query will be directed to the relevant member of staff who can assist you. We have people on hand to discuss your next steps, further exams or querying the accuracy of grades.

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