College moves into Britain’s top tier

St Helens College Principal Jette Burford
St Helens College Principal Jette Burford
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St Helens College is featured in the top 10 per cent of educational establishments.

Staff and students at St Helens College are celebrating after achieving ‘outstanding’ success in the Advanced Level Performance Systems (ALPS) report, placing the college in the top 10 per cent of 1,594 colleges and schools nationally for maximising students’ potential from GCSEs through to sixth form level.

The report is designed to highlight how much a student has improved during their time at college and how far they have travelled in regards to progression from the GCSE grades previously gained.

ALPS grades one to three are awarded for the most ‘value added’ and seven to nine, the least ‘value added’.

St Helens College achieved a grade two for performance in 2014/2015, a substantial increase from a grade three (excellent) in 2013/2014.

All of the St Helens College Pearson BTEC provision was reported in the top 25 per cent nationally, with 10 curriculum areas successfully gaining the top 10 per cent national status.

Jette Burford, principal of St Helens College, said: “We are extremely proud to be placed in the top 10 per cent of schools and colleges throughout the UK for maximising the students’ academic capacity.

“The latest ALPS report truly highlights the exceptional hard work and dedication provided by our teaching staff and students, to remain focused on achieving success and strive beyond expectations.

“An example of continuous improvement and achievement to increase student performance is evident within our Music Technology provision, which has consistently maintained a grade 2 (outstanding), over a four-year period.

“These results strengthen the College’s pledge to continue our ‘journey to outstanding’ and illustrates our drive to continually invest time and support to improve students’ performance each year.”

For more information about the range of BTEC and A Level courses available, visit or call 0800 66 99 66.