Hartpury College wins first place in student satisfaction survey

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Hartpury has again received the highest rating of all specialist land-based further education colleges in the Department for Education’s 2019 student satisfaction survey.

The DfE study found that 86.8 per cent of respondents rated their experience positively at Hartpury College, which is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Offering a range of A-levels and diplomas, Hartpury was also the highest rated specialist land-based college in last year’s survey with 83.8 per cent.

Claire Whitworth, Vice-Principal of Hartpury College, said: “We’re delighted with the results of the DfE’s latest student satisfaction survey, which show that once again we have the highest satisfaction score of all specialist land-based FE colleges in 2018/19.

“We’re always looking to provide the best possible education across our range of A-levels and diplomas, covering our specialist industries of agriculture, animal, equine, sport, outdoor adventure and uniformed public services.

“But how we support our students to be successful in their lives is just as important to us as grades and qualifications.

“We pride ourselves on preparing our students for work or further training, as well as developing them as well-rounded, independent individuals.

“Therefore, we’re also pleased to offer the unique Hartpury Certificate, which allows students gain real-life experience in addition to the skills and knowledge they receive in the classroom.

“We’re really happy to have received such a positive score in the DfE survey, though we’ll be pulling out all the stops to achieve even better results in next year’s survey.”

Hartpury College, which has 1,800 students, was rated Ofsted Outstanding in a further education and skills report in June 2018 and for its residential provision for students in March 2019.

These latest results for Hartpury College follow strong performances in other student surveys by Hartpury University, which sits alongside it on the same 360-hectare estate.

Hartpury University, which holds a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework, was ranked in the top 30 per cent in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

It was ranked third out of more than 100 UK education institutions in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018 (PTES), with an 88 per cent overall student satisfaction score compared with a sector average of 79 per cent.

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