‘Belt and braces’ approach to GCSE English puts Warrington & Vale Royal College in top 10% of all post-16 providers

Warrington & Vale Royal College’s belt and braces approach to GCSE English is proving to be a remarkable success, with new figures putting the college in the top 10% of all post-16 providers.

The latest statistics from the MiDES report shows progress of 16 to 18 year olds, with Warrington & Vale Royal College named as the 5th most successful with GCSE English students out of 205 General Further Education (GFE) colleges. This puts the college in the top 2% in the country.

The college’s innovative approach to GCSE English has been praised by sector professionals in recent months, with both the TES FE News and the Association of Colleges recognising its achievements.

As a result, Elizabeth Draper – Director of English at the college – has been asked to deliver guest lectures for colleagues in the sector, including giving a keynote speech on the topic at the AOC’s English & Maths conference in February.

For maths, the report puts Warrington & Vale Royal College in 27th place, putting it in the top 13% of all GFE colleges.

Elizabeth said: “These figures show yet again that Warrington & Vale Royal College’s belt and braces approach to GCSE English is helping to change lives for the better. We know that the last thing our learners want to do when they enrol on a vocational qualification in motor vehicle, hairdressing, sport or catering is to have to complete an English and maths course, but it is vitally important to their success in later life.

“We face this challenge head on every single day and we have a fantastic and strong team of English and maths tutors to do this. We work collaboratively alongside other curriculum areas to embed English and maths in everything that we do, whether that be giving students a 20 minute slot in every lesson to read, encouraging them to use their literacy and numeracy skills to create a cookbook, or using English and maths to produce beautiful pieces of artwork.

“As a college, we have created a more positive culture around English and these latest results show just how much our hard work has paid off.”

The MiDES report is based on colleges’ individual achievement data, compared against the national MiDES benchmark, which includes GCSE maths and English prior attainment; GCSE English and maths achieved grades; A* – C pass rates and progress for learners who started with a grade D/E.