KEIGHLEY College is celebrating a record year.

Delighted bosses are hailing the results for the 2017-18 academic period as the best ever.

And the stats make the college one of the most improved in the country.

Across GCSEs and all vocational qualifications, achievement rates reached 85.3 per cent – five per cent up on the previous year and above the national average.

Heather Whitehead, director of operations at the college, said: “I’m delighted with the outstanding achievements of our students.

“The improvement of results over the last two years is 12 per cent, which is staggering.

“Achievements are now four per cent above the national average, with more of our students progressing into employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

“I work with an amazing group of staff and they have worked tirelessly to ensure we provide students with the support they need to achieve.”

Chairman of the governors, David Yates, described the results as “stunning”.

He said staff and students had benefited from the support of a wide range of organisations in the town.

Mr Yates added: “These results are not only good for the individual learners, but also to help the future prosperity of families and the town.

“I am immensely proud of all the students and staff for their outstanding efforts.

“The new board of governors sees these results as a significant step to ensure the future success and growth of the college.”

From September next year, the college is introducing graphic design, marketing and music technology courses, along with higher education options.