New College achieves excellent results in the midst of unprecedented difficulties

Students from New College Doncaster have continued their record of excellent outcomes, despite the difficulties of working with a controversial assessment system. 

This year’s cohort achieved an A-Level pass rate of 99% and with over 50% of students achieving an A*-B. In BTEC courses, 94% of students achieved a high grade, i.e. a distinction or distinction star. Both sets of figures are in line with the outstanding results achieved by New College Doncaster last year.

Brendon Fletcher, New College Doncaster Principal, said: “We congratulate students and staff for another set of excellent results. Although results have been awarded differently this year, in the absence of examinations, we are proud of the hard work and achievements of our students.”

Schools and colleges will not be ranked in performance tables this year, but with young people needing good results to access competitive university courses, apprenticeships and employment, this year was as important to them as any other.

“With the government’s recent announcement about mock results, the college will achieve its best results since opening in 2017, having already topped the DfE Performance Tables in 2019.”

Student reactions

Despite the difficulties, many students are already looking back on their time at New College with real affection.

“I had a great time, and learned a lot. The friendly teachers knew what was required to achieve higher grades.”

Emma Mysiuk: Maths – A, Biology- A, Chemistry – B, Lancaster University

“It was fun. I met loads of new people and the teachers were brilliant. I really enjoyed my time there, and I could recommend New College to anyone.”

Dylan Neal, Maths – A, Physics – B, Chemistry – C, Newcastle University

“I had such a good experience at New College. I met some amazing people and my teachers were the best, I can’t thank them enough.”

Jessica Birdsall, D*D*D* in Health and Social Care, University of Derby

New College Doncaster students celebrating last year on Results Day 2019