Welcome to our spring parents’ newsletter. The college had another record-breaking year in 2017/18 and, as we are now half-way through this academic year, I am delighted to inform you that our students continue to excel in an array of disciplines – from sport, to debating and skills competitions to academic endeavour.
We are currently building a new gym and New York style dance floor, which should be ready by May 2019 and fully operational from September. This will also enable us to create some new additional space for Art, Music Technology and Informational Technology.
This year’s students have set a new record for university applications, with a record number applying to progress to University Level Study when they complete their current programme. I am pleased that an increasing number of students have applied to progress internally to our own TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold Centre for University level Studies.
Our work with employers has been ranked, by employers, as the best in the South West and in second place nationally, this ranking is based on employers’ satisfaction. The College’s restaurant has been given an AA – College Rosette Award for the high quality of the food prepared by our students.
Hot off the press, our academic value added performance has been placed in the top 10% of all schools and colleges who use the A-Level Performance System (ALPs) and, on the 24th January 2019, the DfE Government League Tables confirmed that we were one of just a few providers in Devon to be ranked as ‘above average’ for academic progress.
In my time at the college, we have also achieved a first; we have a student who decided not to take up a place at the University of Oxford last year but, this year, has been offered a place at the University of Cambridge!
I am pleased to report that we train one of the top young people for motor vehicle bodywork repair in the UK, following a silver medal win at the UK version of Worldskills. This success follows on from a young plumber last year who won gold.
For the second year running, our Exeter College Rugby team, run in partnership with the Exeter Chiefs, has been asked to represent England in an international competition in Japan, competing against the best 16-18 rugby teams in the World! The team is set to compete in April and we wish them well as they fly the Exeter College, Chiefs and England flag. I would also like to thank the Exeter Chiefs and South West Comms for their support.
Over the last year, we became a Microsoft Showcase College; just one of twelve nationally, which reflects our ‘digital’ ambition for the future. In 2020, we hope to complete a new building on the Hele Road site to host Digital & Data subjects. This is part of a new partnership called the South West Institute of Technology - a new collaborative initiative to support the development of high level skills in key industries.
The support of great staff, excellent students and community partners has, I hope you will agree, enabled the college to excel across a huge variety of areas – whether that be academic success, vocational excellence or sporting endeavour.
As a college, our vision is to be exceptional and while there are many reasons for our success, your support as parents and guardians is absolutely critical. In fact, as we head towards the exams and assessment season, we would really value your help in ensuring your son, daughter or ward carefully studies their exam timetable and makes it to every assessment.
Thank you for your ongoing support.