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As Principal and Chief Executive of

Derwentside College, it is a pleasure to present

our 2015-16 Annual Report. This has been

another successful year and I am proud of the

students and staff for their continued hard work.

As demonstrated by our mission and vision,

we are relentless in our focus on developing

the employability of our learners as well as

our services to employers. We are one of the

largest and most successful apprenticeship

providers in the country and in 2015-16, we

had 6,205 apprentices and worked with 1,193

employers. Whilst many of our learners are

located in County Durham, we also deliver

apprenticeships across Tyne and Wear,

Northumberland, Tees Valley and Yorkshire and


We continue to perform well financially,

despite significant funding cuts across the

sector and in 2015-16 we returned another

healthy surplus.

Success rates on our classroom-based courses

continue to be very high, placing us again in

the top 10% of all colleges. Our apprenticeship

success rates are also well above the national

rates and in some areas significantly so. In

April 2016, we had a very successful Ofsted

inspection in which Ofsted once again judged

the College to be Good overall.

I am pleased to report that, according to

the government’s latest published statistics,

the College has the highest percentage of

young people with sustained progression into

education, training or employment in the

North East region. Furthermore, we also have

the highest percentage of young people

progressing into apprenticeships in the country.

Throughout 2015-16, we continued to build on

our outstanding partnership with Jobcentre Plus

in continually aligning our programmes to local

job vacancy trends. The building of our new

construction facility is one such example. Now

one year on from opening the doors to our

new centre, over 300 learners have benefitted

from this provision.

I would like to thank the College’s staff and

the staff of our strategic partners for their

unwavering dedication to helping our learners

achieve truly amazing outcomes. I would also

like to thank College Board Members for their

on-going dedication and their

invaluable support.

Karen Redhead

Principal and

Chief Executive

Annual Report


Principal’s Statement