Top marks for Sunderland College in national league table

Sunderland College's city campus
Sunderland College's city campus

Sunderland College bosses are celebrating after it was given top marks in a new league table.

The FE Week league table used official government data to rank more than 200 colleges, taking into account learner and employer satisfaction rates as well as positive progression for 16 to 18-year-olds and adult student employment rates.

Ellen Thinnesen

Ellen Thinnesen

The college achieving results significantly above the average across all areas.

It attained nine points out of ten for learner and employer satisfaction, and secured an overall score of 33, only two points less than the highest ranking college in the league table.

Principal and chief executive Ellen Thinnesen said the results were a result of the college’s ‘outstanding’ approach to education and employer support.

"Our focus is always on the individual, whether that is a 16-year-old student who is beginning their further education journey, an adult who is returning to education to upskill or retrain, or a business which we are supporting," she said.

"No matter what their needs, we offer them the highest level of specialist teaching and training, and that plays a crucial role in opening up future employment and education opportunities, as well as strengthening the North East economy.

"We’re absolutely delighted with the results of this league table, which reflects the hard work and passion of the entire college – our staff, students and governors – and the exceptional relationships we have with our partner organisations and the employers we work with."

The release of the league table comes as the college is celebrating picking up a prestigious accolade for its engagement with employers.

Sunderland College was presented with a national Beacon Award by the Association of Colleges for its strategic approach to employer engagement and apprenticeship growth.

Ellen added: "The past few years have been pivotal for the college with the significant investment programme we have implemented across our campuses - including the launch of our £30million flagship technical city centre campus last year – and a number of other projects we have put in place to ensure we remain ahead of the curve.

"However, we do not believe in resting on our laurels and we will continue with our progressive approach to strengthening our position in the further education sector."