March 24, 2018
Principal David Cooper says, “This Ofsted Inspection Report is quite simply the best since the College opened in 1988, and it is particularly pleasing as we are celebrating our thirtieth year. For the last four years, student achievement has been the highest since the College opened, and these excellent outcomes for students are something that Ofsted have acknowledged.
What stands out for me in this report is that Ofsted recognise the excellent education that students receive throughout their time at the College. Inspectors commented upon the College’s ” … ambitious vision to provide high-quality study programmes for the young people … “. They praised the breadth of our curriculum which they said ” … provides excellent opportunities for students to develop the skills and knowledge that they require to be successful … ” and ” … the excellent careers advice and guidance … ” that young people receive both on joining the College and when they move on to the next step in their career. Earlier this year, the College was named the Sixth Form Colleges national award winner for Employability and Enrichment, and this inspection just reinforces that honour.
Most importantly the inspectors commented that students on their courses make ” … very good progress and develop very good skills … complete their courses successfully and a high number achieve high grades.” The inspectors praised the quality of the teaching that students receive, commenting that “Teachers plan and deliver lessons skilfully … raise aspirations by setting challenging tasks and supporting students to complete them successfully.” Student support is at the heart of what this College is about, and inspectors acknowledged how important this is in enabling students to thrive and fulfil their potential.
It is also pleasing that the College’s finances have been rated “outstanding” by the Education Funding Agency, because this means that we will continue to provide this high quality education across all of our courses into the foreseeable future. I am retiring in September so I am particularly delighted to be leaving such a high performing College for my successor as Principal, Colin Peaks.”