Petroc is top Devon college for A Levels
By tinap | Thursday, January 31, 2013, 14:43
Petroc is one of the top 20 colleges in the UK for A Levels, A Level Performance Tables published by the Department for Education last week have revealed.
Students celebrating on A Level results day (photo by the North Devon Journal)
The college which has campuses in Barnstaple and Tiverton is the only Devon college to make the top 20.
The Department of Education assesses A Level performance in a range of ways and Petroc comes out on top by every measure compared to other colleges.
The statistics show that, across both the campuses in Tiverton and Barnstaple, students at Petroc out-perform those in other Devon colleges when it comes to A Level provision, with an average point score per student significantly higher than all other colleges in Devon. Students at Petroc also come out on top when it comes to the average point score per A Level entry.
For the first time the national tables also show the percentage of students achieving grades AAB or better in facilitating subjects (those most valued by the country's leading universities). Students at Petroc did exceptionally well in these subjects putting the college in the top 5% of all colleges in the UK.
"We are really proud of our students for, again, producing outstanding A level results. We knew they had broken all previous records but, to see us placed so highly in the national league tables and confirmed as the top college in Devon, is incredible," commented a delighted Keith Devine, Head of the School of Humanities and Science.
"Not only have our phenomenal pass rates been highlighted but, perhaps most importantly, the data shows that students can access exceptional standards of teaching and learning right here on their doorstep," added Keith.
The national league table performance rounds off an impressive year for A Levels at Petroc, which were cited as outstanding in the 2012 Ofsted report.