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The number of Northampton College students achieving high grades at GCSE has risen – with teachers praising students for their “astounding resilience” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of students achieving a high grade (grade 4-9) in maths increased by six per cent year-on-year, while there was also a five per cent rise for English.

The results back up the college’s status as the leading provider of further education in the South East Midlands region and further build on the most recent Ofsted inspection, which rated the college as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’.

Despite the upheaval caused by lockdown – which saw students switch to a remote learning model - GCSE results at the College remained strong, with an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.

Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett, said: “We are thrilled to see so many people now able to progress and move on in their lives having achieved the grades they need at GCSE during what has been an incredibly challenging year.

“The increase in the number of students achieving high grades is particularly pleasing and is just reward for their astounding resilience and willingness to work hard.

“This year group has been presented with challenges the likes of which we have never seen before yet they have taken them in their stride and shown flexibility and an appetite for learning that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

“I am also incredibly proud of our staff who have worked so hard to support their students throughout the year. They have embraced the changes and were able to switch to a new way of working with minimal disruption to students’ learning. They have made a real difference.”

Northampton College will honour all offers already made to study at any of its three campuses – at Booth Lane, Lower Mounts or Daventry – based on Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs).

For any student whose grades do not meet the entry requirements of their chosen course, the college will accept the Centre Assessed Grades as an alternative, giving every student wishing to study at Further or Higher Education level the chance to join their preferred course with Northampton College from this September.

The college will be holding a series of virtual advice sessions on Zoom for any student unsure of their future plans. Further information is available by visiting www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/virtual-advice-sessions or by calling 0300 123 2344.

Northampton College recognises the stress and uncertainty this year’s exam results process has caused students.

We pledge that no student will be put at a disadvantage by the events of recent weeks and we will honour all offers already made to study at any of our three campuses – at Booth Lane, Lower Mounts or Daventry – based on Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs).

For any student whose grades do not meet the entry requirements of their chosen course, we will accept your Centre Assessed Grades as an alternative, giving every student wishing to study at Further or Higher Education level the chance to join their preferred course with Northampton College from this September.

Students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English or maths may still be required to resit these GCSE qualifications next year, studying alongside your main study programme.

The recent Ofqual announcement moving to a CAG model will allow students to progress in learning and into work, while removing much of the anxiety and providing much-needed clarity and certainty.

We are looking forward to welcoming new and progressing students over the next few weeks and will continue to ensure all young people have a place on a course that suits them. We will do all we can to make the transition to their next step as smooth and stress-free as possible after an incredibly difficult six months for everyone.

For further advice on the range of courses available at Northampton College, please call 0300 123 2344.

A small number of Northampton College’s level three health and social care students did not receive results last Thursday as they had expected.

Since then, the college has been working closely with colleagues at NCFE CACHE – the relevant awarding organisation - to finalise and communicate results for the 28 students affected. The college is grateful to NCFE CACHE for working so quickly and constructively with us to process these results.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, principal of Northampton College, said: "We understand how difficult the last few days have been for students affected by the delayed communication of results. We appreciate the patience and goodwill which they and their families have shown during that time.

"I am also grateful to NCFE CACHE colleagues for their support and the action they have taken to finalise results for our students. Whilst working with them to finalise results, we also liaised closely with university admissions teams to support students’ progression into higher education – and will continue to do that until students have secured places they’re happy to take up.”

A spokesperson for NCFE CACHE said: “We really do appreciate how challenging a situation this has been for students and their families. We worked closely with the college to understand the issue and resolve it as quickly as we possibly could once we had the information we needed from the college. We remain on standby to support the college in admissions discussion with universities as they consider helpful.”

apple news story web.jpegA former Northampton College student who is making waves in the global fashion industry has landed a starring role in a new advert for global technology giant Apple.

Apple’s high-profile ‘Behind The Mac’ campaign features a series of British-based creators, including Samuel Ross – a former graphic design student at Booth Lane and the man behind the in-demand designer label A-COLD-WALL which has been worn by a string of celebrities including basketball legend LeBron James.

Samuel, whose work has recently been shown in Milan, has seen his profile rocket in recent years. He has worked alongside iconic brands such as Nike and Oakley while his own label has become a worldwide hit and regularly worn by celebrities and musicians.

The advert highlights how he uses Apple technology to create eye-catching new designs and sees him feature alongside names such as Game of Thrones star Maisie William, Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and designer Feng Chen Wang.

Speaking to versus.com about his journey to the A-list of fashion, Samuel said: “It’s funny really, as none of my family have a background in fashion at all. They have backgrounds in art and design. My father studied at Central Saint Martins and my mother is a painter. So fortunately, I had a spirit guide into the creative industry.

“Despite growing up in Northampton – quite a working class and impoverished area – my parents always gave me a stake in the ground to push my creativity forward from a very young age.

“When I got to the age of 10 or 11, I did my first work placement in a streetwear store in Northampton, which slowly opened me up to the world of fashion. By the age of 15 or 16, I was selling counterfeit Nike and adidas goods from my bedroom – way before many elements of this current resale culture even existed. I then formed a T-shirt brand at the age of 18.”

Samuel’s time at Northampton College helped shape his ability to create eye-catching designs, and his sister also studied fashion at Booth Lane.

Fashion tutor Rachel Maughan said: “It’s always pleasing to follow the careers of our students and see them enjoy the successes they so richly deserve. Samuel is clearly someone with an eye for design and he has perfectly gauged the demand for modern, urban fashion.

“By starring in this advert for one of the world’s biggest companies it can propel him to even greater heights and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. He has the fashion world at his feet.”

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