Ashton Sixth Form College is the highest performing college in the area. With a proven track record of success, the college has recently topped the Department for Education league tables for A-Level and Vocational performance in Tameside as well as achieving a 'Good' Ofsted rating. Students this year have also achieved the highest grades ever with success seen across all courses.



Record breaking results in 2018: Student success reaches record levels

Students and staff at Ashton Sixth Form College are celebrating yet another year of unprecedented success after receiving their best ever results in this summer’s examinations. These results build on a very successful academic year which saw Ashton Sixth Form College recognised as the best performing college in the borough (DfE, 2018). The college’s consistently high levels of student progress also saw Ashton placed in the top 10% of colleges nationally.

The college has achieved a phenomenal 100% pass rate overall, with the vast majority gaining A*-C grades or equivalent. More students than ever have achieved the very highest grades. In fact, over 700 A*/A grades (or equiv.) were awarded to students with 160 students gaining straight A’s (or equivalent). Almost 60% of A Level students and an incredible 95% of vocational students received high grades (A*-B or equiv.), enabling them to access the most competitive courses and institutions across the country. Ashton Sixth Form College continues to support and challenge their high achieving students, with a huge 9/10 students on the college's XL (Gifted and Talented) programme gaining A*-B and almost half attained straight A’s (A*/A) in their A Levels.

This year alone students have earned places at Oxford, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and other leading Russell Group universities, on competitive courses such as Medicine and Dentistry and on a range of higher level apprenticeships at employers such as Network Rail and the Civil Service. This success is a testament not only to the hard work and talent of the students, but also to the unrivalled experiences and support provided by the college.


Students progress to some of the most competitive and prestigious universities and higher apprenticeship schemes across the country  

Students this year, have progressed on to some of the most exciting and competitive career pathways. Six students who received offers from Oxbridge secured their places after achieving exceptional results. Many have accepted places at some of the most competitive universities across the country, while others are taking exciting routes on to higher apprenticeships.


We are the top performing college in the area for A-Level and Vocational performance

Each year the DfE releases their official performance tables for education providers across the country. The announcement this year in January 2018 sees outstanding results for Ashton Sixth Form College, particularly for the progress a student makes at the college. Across the borough, Ashton Sixth Form College ranks top, significantly outperforming other institutions in the area for both A-Level and Vocational performance for the second year running. Ashton Sixth Form College were the top performing college in the previous academic year also (15/16).

A-Level Performance

College

No. of students 

 Progress Score

Loreto College

1524

0.17

Ashton Sixth Form College

704

0.16

Oldham Sixth Form College

832

0.13

The Blue Coat CofE School

203

0.1

Xaverian College

1020

-0.04

Aquinas College

993

-0.07

Clarendon Sixth Form - Tameside College

108

-0.12

Audenshaw School

44

-0.31


Vocational Performance

College

No. of students 

 Progress Score

Xaverian College

128

0.56

Ashton Sixth Form College

349

0.53

Oldham Sixth Form College

355

0.37

Aquinas College

369

0.22

Loreto College

143

0.14

Clarendon Sixth Form - Tameside College

105

-0.56

Audenshaw School

N/A

N/A

The Blue Coat CofE School

N/A

N/A


* Results data from 2016/17


Ofsted rated 'Good'

The college was inspected in March 2016 and Ofsted found that the college has maintained its high standards since it was last rated as ‘Good’ in 2011, awarding the college with a Good rating across all areas.

In the summary of key findings, the inspectors commented that "governors, leaders and staff have high expectations and ambitions for learners and successfully raise learners’ aspirations. Learners experience a strongly inclusive ethos in the college which recognises and celebrates the achievement of all".

This inspection confirms Ashton Sixth Form College’s position as the best provider of post 16 education in the borough, being the only provider to achieve an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’. It was noted in the report that "most of the students at Ashton Sixth Form College achieve well and a high proportion exceed their target grades."

You can read the full report on the government website here.


We are an award winning college for college/school partnerships

We have been recognised for the outstanding partnerships that we have with schools in the borough and the exceptional support that we give to ensure smooth transition for pupils from school to college. Our recent Association of Colleges Beacon Award win acknowledges the work of the A+ Trust, set up by the college and six partner schools in Tameside to raise attainment, aspiration and achievement and has been a key model of improvement for the local area.