A COLLEGE in Wirral has been named as a finalist for being the best in the North of England.

Birkenhead Sixth Form College has been shortlisted for the Best Further Education College of the Year in the North of England.

The awards are part of Educate North Awards which celebrates excellence in the education sector in the North.

Principal at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Mike Kilbride, said: “Being recognised for such renowned awards in education is a pleasure for us as teachers, but most importantly it shows that students in the local area have a genuine high class alternative option after GCSEs.

“We have a real commitment to the Wirral and hope our community is proud to have us at their service.

“We have previously been winners of Educate North Awards, and one that stands out was acknowledging our commitment to social mobility.

“We believe that every student can achieve great things, no matter their background or starting point with us, and that runs through the core of everything we do.”

The college beat the national trend of a downturn in A-Level results in 2022 following Covid measures for awarding grades without sitting formal exams while 80% of students achieved grades A*-B at A-level.

The college is also currently undergoing a £1.3m investment which includes building of another nine classrooms and study areas on the Shrewsbury Road campus.  

Mr Kilbride added: “We have an outstanding body of teachers and support staff here and this award rightly recognises their fantastic work.

“It’s also vitally important to appreciate our students in this though, as their drive to better themselves when they come here makes all the hard work worthwhile. They are a credit to us and to the community.”