EQUINE students at an agricultural college are celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate for the third year running.

All 23 equine management students at Northumberland College's Kirkley Hall campus gained a pass, merit or distinction in their spring technical diploma and technical certificate exams, with all passing at the first attempt.

The college’s animal management courses also achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

Student Amy Heavisides, who is studying level equine management, said: “I was so happy with my results and that I passed first time. This is going to help me a lot in the future with either doing another course to expand my knowledge and qualifications or an equine veterinary nursing apprenticeship.”

Final results for animal management and equine management synoptic exams are still to be calculated but it is expected the students will achieve 100 per cent pass rates too.

Karen Bell, curriculum team leader for the college’s animal, equine and vet programmes, said: “We are so incredibly proud of our students and everything that they have achieved during their time with us, especially in such difficult circumstances.

"To achieve 100 per cent pass rate for three years in a row for our spring equine exams is a truly incredible result – we couldn’t be happier with how hard our students have worked so far this year.”

Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus is currently undergoing major redevelopment, which will see the construction of a state-of-the-art equine centre of excellence, including a new indoor arena and an education hub.