College rated Outstanding by Ofsted social care inspectors

Bridgwater College is delighted to announce it has achieved an overall quality rating of ‘outstanding’ in all six areas of its latest Social Care inspection by Ofsted.

The inspector visited Bridgwater College in November 2011 to assess residential and care provision for students under 18 living primarily at the College’s Cannington Centre for Land-based Studies. The full report has only just been released and staff, students and parents are thrilled with the outcome.

The rigorous inspection covers the key national minimum standards in the Every Child Matters agenda, namely being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, positive contribution and economic wellbeing, as well as an assessment of the management of the organisation of residential welfare. All aspects of the inspection were graded ‘outstanding’ with inspectors summarising,

“The College has outstanding systems for promoting the health and welfare of all learners and provides excellent support for learners while they are living in residence. Arrangements for safeguarding are judged as outstanding reflecting the College priorities for the safety of learners. The arrangements for personal support through an extended curriculum are outstanding with a focus on individual developments of learners, academically, vocationally and as members of the community.”

Mike Robbins, Vice Principal of the College said,

“We are absolutely delighted that the professionalism and high standards of our residential team and all of the staff who support the well-being of our residential students have been recognised in such positive terms by Ofsted. It is a huge achievement to achieve ‘outstanding’ in all six of the key standards and these grades really do reflect the day-to-day commitment of our staff in ensuring students have the best possible residential experience.”

Comments from parents used in the report included,

“I cannot praise the staff and student liaison team enough. They are extremely vigilant and supportive in their approach to caring for the young adults they look after.”

The full inspection report is now available and the Land-based Area of the College will be open on Saturday 28 January 2012 from 10am until 12.30pm for anyone wanting to find out about a course or view the residential accommodation and facilities.