Ofsted Inspection

The College was inspected by Ofsted in November 2006.The findings confirmed that students have achieved excellent standards and the quality of provision has been outstanding. The inspectors formally designated the college as “outstanding” and declared it would not be subject to a further inspection visit from Ofsted for three years.

In the report, the inspectors summarised:

“The College provides outstanding education and training and fulfils its mission to inspire learners to achieve success. Leadership and management are focused on ensuring that all learners fulfil their potential. The College is committed to the continuous improvement of teaching and learning and there are very effective mechanisms in place to ensure this happens.”

“Learners are set challenging targets and receive exceptional support to help them achieve these targets. The curriculum provides an excellent mix of vocational and academic qualifications. The College takes very great care to ensure that learners are on the right course and settle in well. Overall success rates for all learners are outstanding compared to similar colleges. Their achievement of high grades is exceptional and well above national averages for similar colleges.”

Summary of grades

  • Effectiveness of provision Outstanding: grade 1
  • Capacity to improve Outstanding: grade 1
  • Achievements and standards Outstanding: grade 1
  • Quality of provision Outstanding: grade 1
  • Leadership and management Outstanding: grade 1

A full copy of the report is available on the Ofsted website.