OFSTED, awards and accreditation


Since the merger of New College Swindon and Swindon College we have not received an Ofsted Inspection and therefore do not have an Ofsted report for the College in its current capacity.


We are a Matrix award holder! We have shown that we put our customers first and provide independent and objective information, advice and guidance to prospective learners.

We have also demonstrated that we:

  • Set standards and perform well.
  • Actively engage with our customers, partners and staff.
  • Are fair and accessible to everyone and promote choice.
  • Continuously develop and improve.
  • Use our resources effectively and imaginatively.
  • Contribute to improving opportunities and quality of life in the communities we serve.

Achievement rates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Education made the decision to not publish any institution-level qualification achievement rates (QARs) in the national achievement rate tables for the 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021 academic years.

In the National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) for academic year 2018/19, our achievement rates were the highest of all local colleges for both the 16-18 and all-ages, all qualifications groups:

Achievement rates
General FR and Tertiary College Overall acheivement rate (16-18)
New College Swindon 88.4%
Cirencester College 81.7%
Wiltshire College 80.8%
National achievement rate 82.8%

A Level value added / Progress scores

These value-added scores tell you how much progress an A Level student makes between the end of Key Stage Four (GCSE study) and the end of their A Level studies. Scores can be compared across different schools and colleges.

New College scores are the highest of any other state school or college in Swindon or Cirencester. With so many more A Level students than other providers, this is an even more significant achievement!

A Level and vocational results 2019

In Summer 2019, our A Level pass rates were on a par with, or better than, most local 6th forms. Our overall pass rate was 98%, with over 41% of grades at A*A or B (up from 40% last year), with 61 students achieving at least 3 A*-B grades - and we have many more A Level students and entries than schools. Our BTEC Extended Diploma results were also good; 58% students achieved Distinctions. You can view our results for A Levels and vocational courses by subject.

(Source: Jan 2020 school performance tables, progress between end of Key Stage 4 and end of A Level study).