Truro and Penwith College has emerged again as one of the best performing public 16-19 providers nationally in the Government’s official national 2016 post-16 Performance Tables for schools and colleges, released on Thursday.

The College outcomes exceed those that informed last year's Ofsted Inspection, which resulted in the College being judged as Outstanding.

The new league tables confirm the outstanding progress made by A level and other academic students at the College. Students achieved significantly higher grades than those predicted by their GCSE results. On the key value-added measure, the College outperforms not only most other Cornish providers but also over 95% of the 2,500 state school and college providers in England. 

On every one of the 11 key attainment measures, covering both academic and vocational provision, the College’s performance is above both the national and Cornwall averages.

These latest performance tables also confirm the College’s status as one of the leading colleges nationally in that of the nearly 200 Further Education or Tertiary Colleges in England, Truro & Penwith College is the top performing for academic progress. This strong national league tables showing comes in the same week as it was confirmed that students at the College have secured a record 20 offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge.

The local tables also continue to provide important information and trend data about cohort sizes of Cornwall’s school and colleges. They confirm the sustained growth of provision at Truro and Penwith College showing a 12% rise in the number of 16-18 students at the College.

With 1,187 students gaining academic qualifications and 1,012 gaining vocational qualifications at level 3, the tables confirm that the College has an equal balance of vocational and academic provision, and that it remains the largest Cornish post-16 provider of both A levels and vocational pathways.

Mark Arnold, Director of Quality, explained both the aims of the DfE tables and their very positive message for the college and its students: “These are increasingly complex tables as the Department for Education looks to move away from simple raw score measures that can reflect selective practices or a very narrow course offer.  The aim of published data is to inform choice and to empower post-16 learners, families and businesses to make the right choices about where to go for learning and training. 

He continued: “The recent Ofsted Outstanding judgment was a great accolade but you always look to the evidence of the performance tables to make sure that there is no dip in quality with each new cohort. These tables certainly confirm that, and they show that teaching and student support are exceptional. As always, published DfE tables drive demand for places and these published results add to the urgency of ensuring that our offer is expanded to accommodate all those across Cornwall who wish to access it.”  

College Principal David Walrond was delighted with this latest official Department for Education assessment of its performance:

“I think these performance scores reflect the fantastic commitment of all staff here to get the very best outcomes for students.   These are not easy times for many young people, with some anxiety and uncertainty about the future.  It’s sometimes hard to make the link between current social mobility debates and sets of numbers and grades, but these tables really are proof of where life chances are being enhanced, particularly those indicators which show the progress our learners make on all types of courses, regardless of their starting points.  

“It is crucially important for their individual and Cornwall’s collective socio-economic futures that we keep extending the very best learning opportunities to young people across the county. That is what Truro and Penwith College is committed to doing.”