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A TOWN college was celebrating after students gave it a 100 per cent satisfaction rating.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College is one of only two colleges in the entire country to receive a top score in the National Student Survey (NSS).

They can get some satisfaction: Hartlepool Sixth Form College has found itself in the top two in the country when it comes to student satisfaction, the results of a survey of studentrs has revealed. College Principal Rick Wells pictured with some of the students who completed the survey.

They can get some satisfaction: Hartlepool Sixth Form College has found itself in the top two in the country when it comes to student satisfaction, the results of a survey of studentrs has revealed. College Principal Rick Wells pictured with some of the students who completed the survey.

Students were quizzed on their attitude towards their college, courses and teachers in the extensive survey.

College principal Rick Wells said: “The NSS Result for Hartlepool Sixth Form College is extremely gratifying.

“To be one of only two institutions within this national survey of student attitudes to their institution to have 100 per cent satisfaction is proof that we are fulfilling our aim of being a top college with excellent teaching at all levels.”

Around 287,000 final-year students took part in this year’s survey from 154 higher education institutions and 106 further education colleges.

The national overall satisfaction rate was 85 per cent.

Mr Wells added: “We aim to be the best, and it is great that the students tell us we are.”

Student James Siggens, 19, of Blackhall, who took part in the survey is in his final year studying A-level drama and theatre studies, plus a BTEC in performing arts.

He said: “I love it here. I went to another college when I left school, but didn’t like it very much.

“A few friends said how good it was here. It is more homely here and more personal than other colleges I have seen.”

Other students agreed.

Fay Hudson, 17, of Horden, who is taking A-Level business, maths and English literature, said: “There are loads of revision sessions and the teachers are always happy to help with anything you are worried about.”

Jose De Pedro, 34, originally from Caceres in Spain, studying a Foundation Law Degree at the college in Blakelock Road, added: “Our opinion is taken into account and that’s a good thing.”

Claire Wilson, 20, of Trimdon, doing the same course, added: “I feel valued and everyone knows each other, and the facilities here are really good.”

The college also scored highly in an annual survey by the A-level Information Service which compares school sixth forms, tertiary, sixth form and further education colleges.

In April, Hartlepool Sixth Form College received ratings of 96 per cent to 87 per cent in five categories and was 10 per cent ahead of the national average in all.

Mr Wells added: “This, together with the latest NSS result, shows that the college clearly succeeds in providing the kind of student-centred environment that satisfies the needs of students from all backgrounds and at all levels from A-Level to undergraduate, and excels in the care and support provided for them.”

The only other college to score a 100 per cent satisfaction rate in the survey was Uxbridge College, in west London.

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