Obviously, parents and carers want the best for their children, and when it comes to schooling they need to make an informed choice – especially when it comes to A-levels, as these results can make or break a child’s chances in getting into their preferred choice of college or university for higher education.

More and more parents are choosing to send their children on a short train ride from Newport to Hereford Sixth Form College, as this amazing college is getting outstanding examination results, making it one of the top schools and colleges in national value-added tables.

The college has a national reputation and was named “Sixth Form College of the Year” in 2016 by the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

Its 99.2 per cent A-level pass rate is well above the national average, and in August of this year 73 of its students gained three or more A grades, with 56 per cent of entries resulting in A*, A or B grades.

These superb A-level point score per entry results year after year has led Hereford Sixth Form College to regularly feature in the top 10 of over 100 sixth form colleges nationally and the highest of nonselective sixth form colleges.

As its students continue to get the desired requirements to gain entry to the best universities in the UK, its Oxbridge success is above the national average, with ten students receiving offers in 2016/17, six for Oxford and four for Cambridge.

Students benefit greatly from enhanced preparation thanks to the Cambridge sponsored HE+ programme, Oxford Pathways and other initiatives which offer extension classes, masterclasses from visiting lecturers and the chance to visit both cities.

There’s no secret to its success, it’s all down to good old fashioned hard work from both the students and their teachers, with the latter offering outstanding support and guidance every step of the way.

Each student is supported by a director of studies, a personal tutor and their subject tutors, expert tuition from experienced staff, a careers team, a learning support team, a counsellor service, a college chaplain (with access to a prayer room and sanctuary), a student well-being adviser, a student support team and a bursary fund.

Hereford Sixth Form College has a wide range of advanced courses available in almost any combination, with more than 40 A-levels and vocational Level 3 courses.

Continued growth and success of physical education and sport at the college has resulted in a significant increase in the number of elite performers starting courses at the college.

To support the differing needs of these athletes the school developed an Elite Athlete Support Programme, which is designed to help national standard athletes achieve their full sporting potential while ensuring that chances of academic success are maximized.

There are five sports academies – basketball, football, hockey, netball and rugby.

Students can take part in a range of competitive games, with team trials open to all students. The school actively encourages attendance at representative trials; many of its students gain county caps and perform well at national level.

On visiting the Sports Department, Welsh Rugby star and sporting champion Philippa Tuttiett said, “I must be honest the level of support is better than I received at university level. What a fantastic start for these young athletes!”

As well as sports, students are also encouraged to participate in array of enrichment activities – unrivalled in the region – including, drama, music, conservation, debates, media and journalism, Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, Young Enterprise, volunteering and many more.

Ultimately, Hereford Sixth Form College is a caring community designed to enable students gradually to take responsibility for their own learning, and above all... it puts its students at the centre of all things.

If you’re interested in being a part of this amazing college, why not pop along to its next open event on Saturday, 10th February 2018 (9.30am-12.30pm) to find out more?