A-LEVELS will remain at the top of the agenda for the new principal of The Sixth Form College, Solihull.
Paul Ashdown’s comments came after an inspection by the education watchdog Ofsted gave the college a top notch rating.
Now Mr Ashdown, who took over the top job last month, said he was now looking forward to building on the success. And while pupils can choose from a wide number of courses, he said that A-levels would continue to be the main focus at the college.
“Young people are offered a wide range of qualifications and these meet their different needs. But the heart of the college are the A-levels - they were a big part of the outstanding inspection and they will stay at the heart of the studies.”
In their latest report, Ofsted singled out the A-level results for particular praise - latest results show the college is above the local and regional average. But Mr Ashdown has no intention of letting the college rest on its laurels.
“Obviously I want to build on the success that the college has had. It’s a superb way to start at the college - to have an inspection like this under our belt.
“This will be a different challenge to colleges I have been with previously. This is a well established place and will require a different approach to somewhere you are having to set up from scratch.”
On Monday, the new principal took a group of staff and students to meet the Mayor of Solihull - councillor David Bell. The college is keen to forge more links with the local authority.