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There’s a cause for celebration this week for former Cirencester College students who went on to University. This year’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) report has shown that Cirencester College alumni perform extremely well at University.

The HESA report looks at degree outcomes for students from every school and college in the country.

According to the report, 89% of Cirencester College students who graduated from University in 2020 achieved either a first class or upper-second class degree. Which, similarly to previous years, exceeds the average for the state sector (84.2%), and the sixth form sector (85.2%).

Additionally, this figure increases for students who progressed to Russell Group establishments, with 94.6% achieving either a first class or upper-second class degree. This is not only higher than the state sector (91.1%), but also the independent sector (93.8%).

Overall, Cirencester College students, have continued to achieve considerably better degrees than at state schools or other sixth form colleges, and impressively, 87.4% of students whose parents do not have a higher education qualification achieved a first class or upper-second class degree (the state sector average is 83.1%).

Lastly, the report shows that former Cirencester College students are approximately 4% more likely to finish their degrees than the state and college sectors.

Principal Jim Grant said: “The College sees itself as an engine of social mobility, providing great opportunities across our catchment regardless of background. Staff encourage all students to aim high, and our subsidised bus network enables students to get to us. To see that yet again, our college is doing better than school and sixth form sectors in getting students into top universities and gaining top degrees is fantastic. To see students from non-higher education backgrounds, and areas of deprivation doing well, is even better. A key measure for us is that virtually all our students who go on to Higher Education, stay there and qualify. This is a testimony to the work of our staff in providing the local solid stepping stone to university.”

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