Art students achieve top grades

Robin Salt, course leader of Wigan and Leigh College's pre-degree Art foundation course

Robin Salt, course leader of Wigan and Leigh College's pre-degree Art foundation course

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ART students from a Wigan college have gained some of the top grades in the country.

More than 40 per cent of individuals on Wigan and Leigh College’s Art and Design Foundation Diploma course have secured a distinction this summer.

This is 24 per cent higher than the national benchmark.

Tutor Robin Salt, course leader of Foundation Art and Design, said: “To have so many of our students reach the top grade is fantastic. It really is down to their hard work and dedication.

“We’d like to congratulate all our students on their results; across the board we have seen some tremendous efforts, and some really creative projects.”

To achieve their grades, the students had to complete a final project, which culminated in either a major show or exhibition at the end of term.

Most of the students have now gone on to higher education, either at Wigan and Leigh College, or at some of the top art schools in the country, including the prestigious Glasgow School of Art.

Principal Cath Hurst, said: “We are consistently seeing ourselves above the national benchmark year on year for this course. It shows the commitment of the team we have here at Wigan and Leigh College and the standard of teaching.

“We strive to provide our students with the best learning environment to prepare them for the next stage of their lives, be it further study, or the world of work. This is reflected in the grades and the reputation of this foundation course, which is deemed to be one of the best in the country.”