Doncaster’s newest provider of post-16 education, New College Doncaster, has had an impressive first year’s enrolment, with 470 students starting at the college.
“It’s a record first year intake for schools and colleges that have opened under the government’s free schools programme,” said Brendon Fletcher, New College Doncaster’s Principal, “and it makes us the largest provider of A-Levels and Level 3 BTECs in the area. We are really pleased that so many students and parents have such confidence in us.”
The college is the second institution in a multi-academy trust that specialises in post-16 provision. The college’s sister college, New College Pontefract, was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted at its last inspection in 2014. Senior leaders at New College Doncaster have all worked at New College Pontefract, helping to ensure consistency and high standards across the trust.
“Our college is built on a set of systems and strategies that have a track record of success. Along with the breadth of subjects on offer and a purpose built site, that track record is part of what makes New College Doncaster an attractive place for young people to study. The young adult environment generated by only having 16-19 year-old students helps create a very different culture to that within a school environment. We know that young people are excited to be experiencing something that’s unique in Doncaster and they’re coming from far and wide to join us.”
Parents and students will have an opportunity to get a closer look at the college early in 2018, when the college’s Open Day is held on Saturday January 27th.
“We know it will be a fantastic opportunity for parents and students to see what we’ve established in our first year,” added Brendon, “to meet teachers and some of our current students, to see the excellent range of facilities we have on offer and to start exploring the subjects they can study with us.”
Any student who does want to join the college for September 2018 can apply online at www.ncdoncaster.ac.uk/apply by the deadline of Friday 2 March 2018. Although students can apply after this date, priority will be given to students who applied before the deadline if courses are oversubscribed.