Performance tables success
Students and staff at Blackpool Sixth are celebrating further success in the 16 to 18 performance tables published today.
Our ‘value-added’ scores for both A levels and BTECs rose, showing that our students are making excellent progress in their time with us. This means that students are doing substantially better in these qualifications than would be predicted based on their GCSE results when they join the college.
We are the best performing sixth form in the Fylde Coast for value-added and we are amongst the top sixth form colleges in the country on this crucial measure. The Department for Education 16-18 performance tables show Blackpool Sixth students make more progress between their GCSEs and their A levels or BTEC level 3s than students at any other college or school sixth form in the Fylde Coast (state sector or fee-paying).
The college is also delighted by the achievements of its cohort of GCSE English and maths students. The proportion of students gaining C or above in these crucial subjects was well above national averages.
Last year’s 966 Upper Sixth leavers excelled themselves by achieving exceptionally good results. Our results for A level and BTEC Level 3 were the best ever for a second year running. The overall pass rate rose to 99.4%. Nearly 70% of our students gained a high grade and over 40% gained an A* or A grade or equivalent.
The ‘average point score’ measures have been changed at a national level this year so are not comparable with previous years’ figures. However, these measures do show that our students are performing above national averages.
In the autumn just under 80% of our students progressed directly to university. A large and increasing number of students gained places at the most selective universities (highest and high tariff), including the Russell Group/Oxbridge universities. The vast majority of the rest of our leavers have secured apprenticeships or other high quality employment with training, or have taken a gap year before progressing to university.
Blackpool Sixth has recently been shortlisted for the best sixth form college award in the TES FE Awards 2017 based on its results, progression rates and its community engagement. The college was also awarded STEM Assured status last year in acknowledgement of the high quality of its science, technology, engineering and maths provision.
Blackpool Sixth Principal, Jill Gray, commented, “We are absolutely delighted with the success of our students. This success is represented not just by fantastic exam results but, even more importantly, by their excellent progression to the next stage – whether that be university, apprenticeships or other high quality employment with training. The hard work and dedication of our staff is helping to build futures for all of our students.”