College is best in the country - again

Praise: Nick Burnham
Praise: Nick Burnham
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Preston’s Cardinal Newman College is flying the flag for the city after being named as the top state sixth form college.

The Lark Hill facility, which regularly tops the government league tables for points awarded per student, has held on to first place in the acclaimed Sunday Times Top 20 state sixth forms.

The latest accolade was good news for new principal Nick Burnham, who took over the helm in September.

He said: “We are clearly top, for the second year running, and the tables are based on Department for Education statistics. “

He added that the college has been among the best in both the county and country for several years and said: “It is a reflection of the work that goes on here.

“It is brilliant for the staff and students and shows what a phenomenal college it is and represents the great performance that goes on here.”

Mr Burnham, who was previously deputy principal at Carmel College in St Helen’s, added: “I came from another outstanding college but, not top of the league table, and I knew how good this college was.

“The college is also outstanding for its value added performance, which again is just phenomenal.”

The principal said he had received an “really warm welcome” and said the Newman was “a really happy place”.

The table also sees a number of Lancashire schools named among the nation’s top state school.

They include Lancaster Royal Grammar, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar and Clitheroe Royal.