East Riding College is celebrating its eighth consecutive increase in the number of 16 to 18-year-old students enrolled on full-time courses.
With more than 1,150 now enrolled, the College is expecting to beat the growth targets set for this year, despite a significant reduction in the number of 16-year-olds leaving school in the summer.
It means the number of full-time 16 to 18-year-olds attending the College has increased by 35% since the 2004/2005 academic year, the year Principal Derek Branton took up his post.
In addition, it is expected a large number of young people who have not gone into work or study straight from school will sign up at the College in due course.
Mr Branton said: “Our enrolment of 16 to 18-year-olds this year is a real success story for East Riding College against a backdrop of falling numbers of school leavers.
“We believe this is a result of a number of factors, including former and existing students passing on their academic success and positive college experience to family and friends.
“We also have very good relationships with schools and the opening of our new campus in Bridlington in 2009 has led to significant year-on-year increases in students there, including those travelling from Filey and Scarborough.”
Mr Branton said the college’s success over recent years was down to a number of factors including a curriculum evolving to suit the needs of students, employers and universities, their continued investment in facilities as well as the high standards achieved by students, recognised in last year’s Ofsted report.
Mr Branton added: “Our free bus service, introduced to compensate for the removal of national student financial support, is proving very popular and, along with bursaries and other support, is helping to remove barriers to education for large numbers of students.”
Across all its full-time and part-time 16 to 18-year-old and adult programmes, work-based learning and higher education provision the College expects to enrol over 7,500 students during the course of the year.
For more information visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037.