Middlesbrough College proves it’s top in Tees Valley

26 February 2018
Hardworking staff and students at Middlesbrough College have proved themselves number-one in the Tees Valley. 

The College is on top across a number of measures published by the Government, showing it is outperforming all general further education colleges in the area.

Department for Education data shows Middlesbrough College A Level students made the best progress of their regional peers.

And for Level 2 technical and vocational qualifications and Level 3 vocational (applied general) qualifications, the College scores higher than any of its neighbours. 

Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College, said: “These results are a fantastic endorsement of the hard work of our staff and students. 

“As always, our focus is realising the potential of our students and raising their ambitions for further study and employment. 

“We do this using high quality teaching, outstanding facilities here on our Middlehaven campus, individual student support and close relationships with employers across the Tees Valley.

“Our five year strategy to 2023 lays the foundations for top quality learning and training for thousands of people.”

The annual Performance Measure Tables measure students on how well they have progressed against other students of similar previous achievement.  

And it’s not just in league tables that Middlesbrough College is excelling – teaching staff earned a gold award in the Government’s first Teaching Excellence Framework awards in 2017. 

The national awards recognise higher education provision and are assessed by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives.

Middlesbrough College was rated across its higher education provision – based on its high quality teaching, stimulating learning environment and support for students to progress into a job or further study. 

A Levels languages student Helena Newton is now studying at York University following her time at MC6 – Middlesbrough College’s dedicated sixth form. 

She said: “The experience at MC6 was fantastic. My classes were relatively small which is really good for languages as it means I get more time with the teachers, and that’s really brought my French on.”

The success also comes as the College has launched a ground-breaking partnership with the Open University to deliver degree programmes that are more job-focussed, shorter in duration and more cost-effective for students.

Zoe added: “The Open University partnership means we can provide courses that are better suited to the needs of students – that means more contact time with tutors, more flexible learning hours and better value for money.

“Many students and their parents are put off university by high fees, and left wondering what they’re paying for when teaching hours are so few. 

“We’ll address that and offer high-quality, cost-effective courses that enhance employability prospects.”

Students that want to find out more about Middlesbrough College’s performance can view our performance tables.
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