The “phenomenal” work by City College Peterborough to improve education and help people find jobs has received approval.
The college, which is run by Peterborough City Council, secured above national average results in 2013/14 and an additional £600,000 to bring into the city through its services.
The successes were included in a report to councillors who tonight (Monday January 5) gave their approval for the work which the college is doing.
Councillor Sue Day was chairing the council’s Creating Opportunities and Tackling Inequalities Scrutiny Committee.
She said: “This is a very encouraging report. I would like to congratulate your team on the progress made. It’s phenomenal.”
The viewpoint was echoed by Cllr John Shearman.
The report on the college’s progres was written by its principal, Pat Carrington, who is also head of adult skills at the council.
She said: “I’m really pleased to report that there are no gaps in achievement between different groups. I’m very proud of that.”
Ms Carrington also highlighted the different methods the college has of measuring success.
She added: “It could be how things have changed in their life since starting the course - an increase in confidence or helping your child with their homework.”
Councillor Bella Saltmarsh said she had attended a concert performed by Club 73, a social club for people with learning difficulties and disabilities aged 16 or over which meets at the college.
Cllr Saltmarsh said: “I saw people were actually in tears.”