Hartpury stays at specialist summit with grades on the climb


Hartpury College BTEC students are celebrating another table-topping performance with grades continuing on an upward curve - as revealed in performance tables released by the Department for Education today.

The tables show that Hartpury again ranks as the top specialist land-based college in England for its BTEC courses, with the average grade increasing from Distinction to Distinction+ and students making more progress from their starting points than at any similar college.

Benefiting from exceptional teaching and facilities at one of the leading institutions for vocational study nationally, Hartpury students taking BTEC qualifications are achieving significantly higher grades than would have been expected based on their GCSE results. .

It is no surprise, therefore, that applications to the college for A-level and BTEC courses are continuing to rise sharply. Overall applications are up by more than 10% for September 2015.

Hartpury College Vice Principal, Luke Rake, said: “For our students to achieve an average grade of above a distinction is a phenomenal achievement and one that we are hugely proud of.

“Our students continue to excel across all of our specialist subject areas - in agriculture, equine, animal management and sport – and grades are on the up again. That is testament to the hard work of our students and staff and the continuedsupport of parents.

“Hartpury is not only about celebrating academic excellence. Given that many of our students are also elite young sportsmen and women, often training more than 20 hours a week in addition to their studies, the fact that they achieve grades in line with young people at other schools and colleges is very satisfying.

“How we support our students to be successful in later life is just as important to us as helping them achieve good grades and qualifications. They leave Hartpury equipped to meet life’s challenges and ready to hit the ground running, whether they embark on further study or enter the world of work.

“Students at Hartpury work hard, play hard, and are very positive about their experience. We wish them all every success for the future.”

For full details of the secondary school and college performance tables released today, you can go to http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

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