Best ever GCSE results

The newly formed Telford College is celebrating its best-ever GCSE results, with strong performances in maths and English.

The number of students achieving A* to C grades – or 9-4 grades under the newly introduced system – was up by nearly 19 per cent on the same time last year.

The figures cover students who sat GCSEs at both the Haybridge Road and King Street campuses.

High grades were up by more than 25 per cent across the two sites for English, and over 10 per cent for maths.

Overall pass rates in maths and English topped 92 per cent, with more than 1,000 students passing their GCSEs across the two sites.

Telford College is now enrolling for the September 2017/18 courses, and a pop-up shop has opened in Telford Shopping Centre, offering advice and support.

Touch-screen information points, and display boards containing facts and figures about upcoming courses are available, and those interested can apply immediately.

Graham Guest, principal and chief executive of Telford College, said: “This is fantastic news for the newly-formed college as we continue to improve our quality and give students the employability skills they need for a successful career.

“The importance of students achieving their maths and English qualifications cannot be over-stressed – it opens up a wide range of higher level course and employment choices.

“That's why we opened a new maths and English drop-in hub at our Haybridge Road campus earlier this year. Judging by these latest GCSE results, it has helped to make a significant difference.”

The improved Telford College results come in spite of a UK-wide fall in the number of top-grade GCSEs this year, and a massive shake-up in the way papers are marked.

For maths, English language and English literature, the traditional A* to G grades have been replaced with a new 9-1 grading system.

Grades 9-7 are equivalent to the old A* and A, while B and C grades are now replaced by 6-4.