Lancashire’s colleges best performing in the country

Nelson and Colne College

Lancashire’s colleges have once again shown they are ‘top of the class’ in the latest government data.

The 2017/18 Education and Training National Achievement Rates Tables show the top three general further education colleges (GFECs) in England for 16-18 learner achievement are Nelson and Colne College, Burnley College and Blackpool and The Fylde College, respectively.

A further two of Lancashire’s colleges – Runshaw College (fifth) and Preston’s College (ninth) – are in the top 10.

Furthermore, Cardinal Newman College is the fifth best sixth form college, and Myerscough College the seventh best specialist college nationally for 16-18 learner achievement.

Robin Newton-Syms, executive director at The Lancashire Colleges (TLC), said: “This is fantastic news and testament to the high quality of teaching and specialist facilities in our colleges.

“The colleges of Lancashire provide the highest quality of education and training.

“They are critical to the delivery of a highly-skilled workforce that meets current and future economic and skills needs.”

Lancashire’s colleges are assets of business and the community.

They provide education and training to more than 95,000 young and adult learners each year, from entry level to postgraduate and across a spectrum from the most disadvantaged to the most able.

They train more than 10,000 new apprentices each year and the second and third largest higher education (HE) in further education (FE) providers nationally are Lancashire colleges.