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Welcome to New College Pontefract

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Saturday 13 October 2018 - 10-2pm

Wednesday 14 November 2018 - 5-8pm

Thursday 21 March 2019 - 5-7pm


We are delighted that you are considering applying to study with New College, the only college in the country to have achieved a Grade 1 in every area of an Ofsted inspection.  We are sure that, as you find out more about the College, you will appreciate just how much we have to offer and how we can help you to achieve your goals in life.

New College provides a distinctive and very special student experience. Almost every student has the same Progress Tutor from their first day in College to their last. One of the benefits of being larger than a school sixth form is the wide range of subjects that you can study and the activites we can offer. Our number one priority is teaching and learning, and so we expect it to be yours, too. But whilst you are here as a student, you will be treated as a young adult and supported in every step of your learning journey.

When your time comes to move on, we provide the very best advice and guidence on life after College, with over 90% of our students going on to university, apprenticeships or employment. We are immensly proud of the progress our students make, often achieving better grades with us than they did in their GCSEs. These results allow them to move on to the next stage of their careers, both well qualified and confident.

Best in the North of England for the second year running.

We are consistently the top performing A-Level institution across the Wakefield district. Additionally, we are proud of the progress our students make at A-Level and Level 3 BTEC compared with their GCSE results. This measure puts us in the top 25% nationally of all sixth form providers for A-Level and the top 10% for BTEC! These results allow our students to move onto the next stage of their careers both well qualified and confident.

About us

Exam Results 2018

Students, staff and governors are proud and delighted with this year’s exam results, which have exceeded the outstanding performance achieved of previous years. Our A-Level students of 2018 achieved an overall pass rate of 100%, an A*-B rate of 55.2% and an A*-C rate of 82%, which conforms the college’s reputation as a consistently high performing sixth form provider both locally and nationally. This is matched by the equally strong performance of our Level 3 BTEC students who achieved an overall pass rate of 100% with 91% achieving a Distinction or Distinction* grade.

New College Pontefract Principal, Richard Fletcher said, “Once again I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements this year, particularly given the national changes to A-Level qualifications in recent years. These results not only represent the culmination of two years’ dedicated study, they also enable our talented students to progress to the best universities and on to fulfilling careers.

New College Pontefract is part of the New Collaborative Learning Trust (NCLT), and the Trust’s CEO, Pauline Hagen OBE said, “Well done to students and to their first class teachers who have supported them in their learning journey. Today is very much about our students who we congratulate warmly and wish them the very best of luck.”

Some of our students achieved significant levels of performance, including:

Matthew Leech-Gerrard – 4x A-Levels, 4xA*

Joseph Waters – 4 A-Levels, 2x A* and 2x A

Alice Hathaway – 4 A-Levels, 3x A* and 1x A

Oliver Dunk – 4 A-Levels, 1x A* and 3x A

Emelia Wood – 4 A-Levels, 1x A* and 3x A

Elisha Bagg – 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Tommy Bancroft – 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Caleb Batley – 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Robert Leech-Gerrard – 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Daniel Linnington – 3 A-Levels, 3x A*

Thomas Darlison – 4 BTECs, 4x Distinction*

Panashe Mugwagwa – 4 BTECs, 4x D Distinction *

Christopher Richardson – 4 BTECs, 4x D Distinction *

George Tinker – 4 BTECs, 4x D Distinction *

Tyler Murdoch – 4 BTECs, 43x D Distinction * and 1 x Distinction

The New Collaborative Learning Trust opened New College Doncaster in September 2017, and a third college in central Bradford is due to open in 2019. The Trust’s leaders expect similar strong results across all three colleges in the years ahead.

If you choose to join us you will be part of a dynamic community with a strong focus on achievement and progression.

Your success in exams will be of paramount importance to us and equally, we want you to grow personally and socially whilst at college and participate fully in the exciting opportunities available to you outside your lessons. In short, we will strive for excellence together.

The College has an established reputation for very strong exam performance and you will know that we are passionate about sustaining and improving teaching and learning so that every student’s results represent his/her best possible achievement.

A key aspect of the New College experience is the young adult environment in which you will learn. We will respect you as an individual and encourage you to work in partnership with staff to achieve your goals. We will help you to take increasing responsibility for your learning and to achieve self-confidence, skills and knowledge which will help you to progress in life, work and future study. Because we are specialists in post-16 qualifications, we are able to offer an extensive choice of academic subjects and a diverse range of wider college activities, including Performing Arts, Music, Sport, Foreign Exchange and challenging global expeditions. Many of our students, past and present, speak of their affection for New College as a very special place in which students are happy and supported and equally challenged to achieve their very best.

We hope what follows will convey something of this special quality and that you will be encouraged to come and meet us at our Open Events.

The Ultimate Sixth Form Experience


1. Outstanding examinations results.

2  An adult atmosphere in which everyone is valued and respected as an individual.

3. A specialist and dedicated team of Progress Tutors who provide friendly and professional guidance throughout your time in college.

4. A wide-range of A-Level, BTEC and GCSE courses so you can choose the combination of subjects that are right for you.

5. Highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers with the expertise and specialist subject knowledge.

6. A very experienced careers advice and guidance team who are available, whether you want to go to university or into the ‘world of work’.

7. An extensive enrichment programme, including the highly regarded Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, World Expedition, Community & Higher Sports Leaders Award, College Radio, Performing Arts, Competitive and Rectreational sport and much more.

8. Three floors of study space with IT facilities, textbooks, journals and multimedia resources. Facilities to suit varied learning styles, from independent study booths to bookable group rooms. A multitude of services all under one roof to support students, including the Careers team, Study Support and Pastoral Care services.

9. A commitment to ensuring that the transition between your high school and starting at New College is as smooth as possible.

10. A timetable very different from school, designed to incorporate study periods and social time.

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Facilities available

Learning Resource Centre  -  Three floors of study space with IT facilities, textbooks, journals and multimedia resources.  Facilities to suit varied learning styles, from independent study booths to bookable group rooms.  A multitude of services all under one roof to support students, including the Careers Team, Study Support and Pastoral Care Services. 

The Visual Arts Academy - Purpose built large scale art studio spaces, Professional standard darkroom, Photo studio with state of the  art digital cameras, back drops and lighting

• Fashion design studio with sewing machines and mannequins

• Gallery area for exhibiting work

• Brand new Apple Mac computers throughout the building

• Print room for screen printing, etching and spray paint work

• 3D area with woodwork, laser cutter and 3D printer

• Fashion design studio with sewing machines and mannequins with gallery area for exhibiting work.

The college also boasts:

Three storey, state of the art Performance Academy for Drama, Dance, Music and English students including a Theatre, Drama studios, Dance studio,Music classrooms, recording studio, computer rooms and English classrooms.

Several Apple Mac computer suites for Media, Photography, Art, Textiles and Design.

Four Photography studios, including dark rooms, recently refurbished Science laboratories.

Common Room, Restaurant, Shop, Starbucks cafe, covered outdoor area with picnic benches and other social spaces.

Sports Hall and other fantastic sports facilities around the local area.


Additional support

Progress Tutors

Your Progress Tutor will support you in the early weeks of settling into college life, and will help you adjust to the new challenges in managing work, prioritising tasks and developing study skills. 

Later on, your tutor will provide guidance and support as you plan for progression from College to the next stage, whether this is university, an internship, gap year or employment.  Your relationship with your tutor will be key to ensuring you get the very best out of College life and engage with it fully.

Your Progress Tutor will deliver an induction tutorial programme which will cover many aspects of College life in order to support you as you settle into College.  You will get an opportunity to meet your Progress Tutor before you start New College by joining us for our Induction Day that takes place in the summer term.

Tutorial sessions held once a week will be a mixture of one-to-one interviews and important relevant topics, such as social and career related issues.

In offering you this we hope that we can continue to help you grow as a person and prepare you for life after College, whether that be work, training or university.

Work Experience

New College encourages all Year 12 students to participate in the Work Experience Programme. For some students it will be essential to complete work experience to meet entry requirements, as set by the Higher Education Providers.  For others it may be an integral part of the course.  Here at New College you will be given support before, during and after your placement to ensure you have a successful experience in a safe, relevant and friendly environment.

 “The work experience programme at New College is outstanding. I was given the opportunity to work at Upton Primary School and Ash Grove Primary School, which were both excellent.  The staff were friendly and the children at both schools were a delight to teach, and I was given relevant and useful opportunities to work with small groups and with a range of year groups.  I can definitely say that this experience has encouraged me to follow this career path even more so!”


George Withington (Carleton Community High School).


Monthly Assessments

• Both your Progress Tutor and subject teachers will review your progress on a monthly basis and together you will agree targets to ensure motivation, direction and a clear plan of action to keep you on track and improving.

• Monthly progress monitoring will focus on your achievement and your attendance in each of your subjects.

• All this information will be recorded and will be accessible to both parents and students daily and securely via the Internet.

Higher Education & the World of Work

The Careers Team at New College encourage students to research their options and support them along the way in realising their potential and ambitions.

A large number of New College students progress to Higher Education each year.  Progress Tutors and our Careers Advisers are able to guide you through this process. We also work hard to support our students who may be seeking employment or apprenticeships after studying at College.

At our Higher Education Information Evening for Parents we discuss the applications process and the financial implications of studying at university.  To support students who may be considering applying to either Oxford or Cambridge University we have a specially designed programme encouraging students and supporting them through the application process. We have excellent links and partnerships with universities.

In the summer we hold an annual Progression Day with over 60 speakers from local universities and employers.

We support our students seeking employment with application form preparation, CV writing and interview practice. We advertise suitable vacancies and apprenticeships.

Students are able to seek careers advice five days a week  from our experienced and professionally qualified Careers Advisers.

Study Support

The Study Support Team aims to help students maximise their educational achievements during their time at New College. 

The welcoming and professional tutors will give you individual help with any aspect of your studies.  The service is open to all students, whatever your target grade.  Students often seek help with study skills, writing skills and GCSE Maths and English.

Support is provided in small groups, ‘one to one’ or in-class, according to the needs and wishes of the student.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 10 October 2018
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