Best college in the North East!

New College Durham is celebrating today after officially becoming the best general further education college in the whole of the North East region for student progress and attainment.

These impressive results are based on official figures from the The Department for Education.  The 2014 School and College Performance Tables were published last week, providing information on the achievements of schools and colleges in England, and the attainment and progress of students in the 2013/14 academic year.

The results place New College Durham above any other general further education college in the region.  Some of the findings include - students make more progress at New College Durham than those at any other North East college, and students on vocational qualifications get higher grades than those at any other North East college.

This continued success builds on last year’s Skills Funding Agency National Success Rate Tables where New College Durham was rated the top performing college in the North East, and the second highest performing college nationally, for success rates.

John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Durham, said: “We are delighted with the new performance table results from the Department for Education.  It is a fantastic achievement by our students and recognises the commitment and hard work of all our staff. 

“For the last six years New College Durham has consistently been ranked as one of the highest performing colleges both regionally and nationally. We will strive to maintain these high standards and continue to offer our students the best opportunity to achieve and progress."

New College Durham offers a wide range of full and part-time further and higher education courses and has an enviable reputation for success.


* Based on value added scores from Department for Education Key Stage 5 performance tables of general further education colleges among Level 3 students studying full-time A-Levels or vocational qualifications in 2013/14.

** In 2013 -14 more of our students ended their course with higher than expected grades than other colleges in the region