Student success rates at Bishop Auckland College are in the top 25 per cent in the country, figures released today show.

The statistics are published by The Data Service, the official Government-funded body for information on the further education sector.

Level 3 success rates (equivalent to A Levels) for both young people and adults are significantly above those of similar colleges. Success rates reflect the number of students who achieve a qualification as a percentage of those who start.

The new performance figures follow a positive verdict by Ofsted inspectors last year, who found the college was “relentless in its pursuit to drive up the quality of teaching and learning”, adding: “success rates have improved for nearly all students”.

Natalie Davison, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. To be ranked in the top 25 per cent of all colleges in the country shows that our students benefit from high quality teaching and learning and achieve their aspirations with us.

“We are continuously striving to improve, and this success demonstrates the hard work, commitment and dedication put in by our students and staff.” More information can be found at on the college success rates.