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New national league tables have revealed Northampton College is now in the top 10 best-performing colleges in the country.

Data released as part of the latest 2018/19 National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) shows Northampton College is placed 7th out of almost 200 colleges for 16 to 18-year-old education and training, up from 11th in the previous year’s rankings.

The rating cements our position as the leading provider of Further Education in the region, South East and among the very best in the whole country, thanks to a continued and determined focus on ensuring each individual student reaches their full potential.

The data has revealed that 96 per cent of Northampton College students pass their course, coming out as the best college in the South East Midlands region for timely achievement at level 1, 2 and 3. Performance in maths and English is also comfortably above the national average, with the college ranked in 13th position for maths and 18th position for English.

The data has revealed the college is ranked fourth nationally for 16 to 18-year-old ESOL provision and the best in the region for all of its adult provision.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal at Northampton College said: “These ratings reflect the incredible work and dedication of our staff and students. They have put in an unbelievable amount of effort over the past 12 months and I’m delighted that has been recognised. We are the leading college in the region and we are now one of the very best in the country too.

“We are out-performing a number of colleges which have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. It’s a phenomenal effort and is proof that focusing on each student as an individual and really concentrating on developing their wider skills for employability, innovation, communication and work ethic pays dividends.

“All staff have bought in to this approach and as a result, students are making good progress in developing their confidence, self-esteem and skills for work.”

Northampton College is officially rated by Ofsted as ‘Good with Outstanding features’ – with a £4.75million Advanced Construction Engineering centre now open at Booth Lane and plans in the pipeline for a state-of-the-art Digital Academy.

fashion student for website copyA Northampton College fashion student has paid tribute to the heroes of the NHS by designing an outfit based on the history of nursing.

Flo Baverstock, aged 18, has created the piece as part of her Final Major Project (FMP) and is currently putting together the finishing touches at the family home in Wales, where she is also helping to home school her younger brother, aged 10 and her 11-year-old foster cousin, while her parents, who are both nurses, help out in the fight against coronavirus.

The dress explores the concept of ‘layers’ – mirroring the people and the personalities behind the uniform.

She said: “I’ve always been interested in the history of nursing and because of my own experience with the profession I’ve been able to see the different layers nurses have in their personalities. I’m always amazed at how they can just switch it on and instantly go into ‘nurse mode’.

“My project explores this layering and celebrates the work our nurses do every day. It’s never been more apparent than in the current situation and hopefully my design does justice to their incredible dedication.”

The second year Level 3 Art & Design (Fashion) student has designed and made a layered garment featuring a tight-fitting vest designed to look like badging, a pink scrub-like top and small ‘capelet’ based on those worn by the original NHS staff when it was first formed.

She said: “Working remotely has been really interesting and thankfully the teachers at college have been really supportive. They are there whenever you need them, replying to emails within seconds.

“They are giving us tutorials every day on Instagram, setting work on Google Classroom and sending us all messages to keep us motivated which is brilliant. It’s been a weird few weeks for everyone but I’m enjoying the challenge.”

The switch to remote teaching has seen Northampton College staff explore new technologies to ensure students are able to continue their learning, with sessions delivered using YouTube tutorials, Microsoft Teams video conferencing, Instagram Live, Google Classroom and TikTok.

Fashion teacher Rachel Maughan said: “I have set up an Instagram account and I am recording techniques I am demonstrating, both as short films or step-by-step processes for the students to follow. We’re having face-to-face meetings through video calls and asking students to upload their work onto Google Classroom.

“It’s working really well. I am getting enjoyment and satisfaction out of the creative process and the students are learning new techniques.

“Some of our second year students have set up home studio environments, creating garments, printing and embellishing fabrics. They have stuck to their initial FMP plans, and in some cases are a week and a half ahead of schedule because they are able to be so focused on their work.”

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