Special needs students make the grade

Heddon college posts 100 per cent exam pass rate despite closure

STUDENTS of special needs college, forced to close in July due to a lack of funding, achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in their end-of-year exams, the Gazette has learned.

All 23 Year 12 and 13 students at Heddon College gained a qualification at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 in English, Maths, ICT, Personal and Social Development and Employability Skills.

In addition 22 students were able to study a vocational programme and achieved a combined vocational qualification.

The Barnstaple college, the post-16 area of Lampard Community School, has closed indefinitely following the withdrawal of funding that has seen the college thrive since being set up as a pilot project in partnership with Devon County Council in 2009.

Karen Rogers, head teacher of Heddon College and Lampard Community School, said: “We are extremely proud of the students and their achievements.”

“They all worked hard throughout their courses and they have done amazingly well. One student has even gained an apprenticeship at a local company which is a wonderful opportunity for him.”

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Mrs Rogers added that the year 11 Lampard students gained good qualifications in English, Maths, ICT, Personal Development, Science and a range of ASDAN awards. Two students also gained a GCSE qualification through Park School.

Mrs Rogers said: “We are delighted with the year 11 results and would like to thank our colleagues at Park School for supporting two students throughout a two-year GCSE course.”

She added: “These results show what students with complex needs and disabilities can achieve.

“We continue to have talks with the local authority and MPs and are looking into a range of options in order that we can support students with the most complex needs and disabilities beyond year 11.”

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