MARINE students in South Tyneside have sailed through their exams with stunning success – the second time round.
Those who initially floundered have resurfaced to vastly surpass national external re-take pass rates.
The results further buoy the world-famous South Tyneside College’s Marine School’s international standing.
In Deck Officer of the Watch SQA exams, they scored 53 per cent success in the navigation module, compared with a 38 per cent national average.
And in ‘stability and operations’ they achieved even more stunning results, enjoying a pass rate of 82 per cent against a national average of 47 per cent.
Their success has been welcomed by staff at the Marine School, which this month was described as outstanding by education watchdog Ofsted and which has had a recent £3.2m upgrade.
Michael Speers, the college’s curriculum leader, said: “The results are excellent and real credit to the lecturing staff, who have assisted the students and worked so hard.
“These students had previously been unsuccessful but were determined to work hard and re-take their exams.
“They have excelled and have done extremely well to stick in and pass.
“Their success is testament to the tremendous learning opportunities at the Marine School and the dedication of all involved. These rates reflect extremely positively on the amount of work put in by staff.
“There really is no better place than South Tyneside College for marine students to learn their profession.”
Nine of 17 students passed the re-sat exam’s navigation element. Nationally, just 54 of 142 students did likewise.
And for stability and operations, nine of 11 college students passed, compared with 50 out 107 throughout the country.
Ofsted’s latest report said the marine school’s continued success was a contributing factor to the college achieving an overall improved ‘good’ grading in its latest report.
Inspectors found the department used technology innovatively, with students able to convert learning resources for use on electronic devices for access while way at sea.
They also judged the range of specialist maritime courses and facilities, including bespoke training to meet the needs of the industry worldwide, was outstanding.
The department’s £3.2m overhaul included a new dedicated Marine School and an upgrade to state-of-the-art training facilities.