Adding value to education

Friday 19 February 2016

Bedford College is raising the standards of state education across Bedfordshire, as proven by new Department for Education tables.

Under the influence of this pioneering provider, school age students have achieved improved performances.

The Bedford Sixth Form was the highest performing in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire for students achieving 3 or more A-Levels A*-C . The Bedford Sixth Form achieved 95%.  It was also only one of two providers out of nine to add ‘academic value’ at A-Levels in Bedford Borough.

Houghton Regis: New analysis shows that since being taken over by Bedford College, the Central Bedfordshire UTC had improved, positioning it as the 11th best for “vocational progress” in England. Having been taken over by Bedford College when pupils were mid-programme, 73% went on to get GCSE grades C+ in Maths and English in just 34 weeks.

“This story hidden amid the statistics is that Bedford College is helping to raise the standards of education within Bedfordshire,” explained Principal and CEO Ian Pryce,

Bedford College is planning to open a technology academy at Wixams, South Bedford. It is currently going through the official consultation to drop the entry age from 13 to 11 years to enable it to fit in with the local changes to a two-tier education structure.

Bedford College championed the Bedford Free School in Cauldwell Street, Bedford which has sped past other schools to be the top of the town in the 2015 GCSEs.

Bedford College sponsored the Bedford Academy which attracted £25 Million of investment in a state-of-the-art building.

Bedford College is the leading provider of post-16 education in the county. It sends more student on to universities than any school and places the most young people into apprenticeships with international and local employers.

“We are a World Class college in technology, engineering and professional qualifications. But we also want to support the raising of educational standards for secondary school age students,” added Ian.