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Ofsted Inspection: 'Good' assessment

Ofsted Inspection – September 2017

The college was inspected by Ofsted in September 2017 and received a ‘Good’ assessment for overall effectiveness. As part of this overall judgement, Teaching and Learning, Outcomes for Learners, Leadership and Management, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, as well as the 16-19 Study Programmes at the college were all considered to be ‘Good’. Inspectors identified the very small apprenticeship offer as a priority for further improvement.  For a copy of the full report click here. 


In summary, inspectors spent four days at the college prior to producing a detailed report for publication to their website. Inspectors noted the significant progress made by the college in the past two years in particular and the report contains the following judgements and conclusions;


“Leaders and governors have high expectations of staff and students, and a clear and ambitious vision for the college. They lead by example, creating a highly respectful atmosphere where everyone is valued.”


“Students choose to study at the college because of its caring and supportive ethos.”


“Teachers and personal supervisors provide high levels of support and care for students.”


“Students enjoy enthusiastic and supportive teaching and they achieve.”


“Managers, teachers and personal supervisors have high expectations of their students. They raise their aspirations and self-belief so that a focus on success in life beyond college is central to the ethos of study programmes.”


“Teachers structure lessons carefully to make sure they are highly productive. This helps students to learn quickly and to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately.”


“Most students now make good progress from their starting points." 


"Most students following courses at level 3 successfully complete them and progress to higher education.”


“Overall achievement improved substantially in 2016/17 and is now high and above the achievement rates for similar colleges.”


“Most students without a grade C or above in English or mathematics produce work of a high standard in lessons. They achieve at more than double the low national rate for mathematics and well above the national rate for English.”


“Students from a range of faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds work harmoniously together. They show high levels of respect and care for each other, which creates a safe and comfortable place in which to learn.”


“Most students progress successfully to the university course of their choice.”


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