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High performing Barrow college receives chartered status

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Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 10:53PM

A HIGH-PERFORMING college has been honoured by receiving chartered status in the capital.

Furness College is one of the first in the country to become a member of the Chartered Institution of Further Education. The Barrow college has received chartered status for the high quality of education it provides.

Members of the team from the Channelside institution headed to London today for an admissions ceremony at Apothecaries' Hall, hosted by Lord Lingfield, chairman of the Chartered Institution for Further Education.

Furness College had to demonstrate quality across the board in areas including teaching and learning, governance, finance and engagement with the local community and employers.

The Chartered Institution for Further Education said Furness College passed a "rigorous process" confirming its position as "a leading performer in the sector."

Andrew Wren, principal and chief executive of Furness College said: "To receive this recognition as one of the highest performing colleges in the country shows that the quality of education on offer in Furness holds its own on the national stage. We have a fantastic college that is very much part of our community, helping students to achieve their career goals and providing quality training to meet employers' needs and we're delighted to receive chartered status today."

The college was supported in its application by local employers including BAE Systems, Siemens Subsea and CN Group, which owns the North-West Evening Mail.

Only three other colleges nationally have chartered status.

Furness College also topped the national league table for the progress students make after school.

The college is rated as the highest-performing general Further Education college in the country for value added score, according to the government performance tables.

Figures showed that each student taking applied general qualifications at the Channelside campus gained an average of plus 0.7 of a grade higher than they would have been expected to achieve given their GCSE results.

Barrow Sixth Form College is now part of Furness College. The Rating Lane campus also has a high valued-added measure of plus 0.18 which is in the top quarter of colleges across the country.

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