City College maintains its Ofsted 'Good' status

OffstedThe College was visited by Ofsted earlier in the month and the report, published on 15 November, praises the high standard of teaching and the progression that students make into higher education and employment.

The College, which is the largest provider of vocational education and training in the city received 11 grades from Ofsted; 4 outstanding (grade 1) and 7 as good (grade 2).

The report highlighted:

  • The college’s development and use of partnerships is rated as outstanding, noting its links with employers and opportunities for progression and the development of enterprise and employability skills
  • Safeguarding policies for students is rated outstanding
  • The Visual & Performing Arts and Digital Media is rated outstanding
  • The quality of its curriculum provision and the outcomes for students are rated good
  • Curriculum areas Hair, Beauty & Holistics, Childcare, Health & Social Care and Language, Literacy & Numeracy are all rated good
  • The college offers distinctive specialist vocational progression routes at all levels into employment and higher education
  • Enrichment activities enhance the curriculum outstandingly well and students enjoy their learning

In addition, the Ofsted inspectors were so impressed with specific aspects of City College’s approach that they want to recommend that the college is cited on the Ofsted website for four areas of good practice: Virtual Learning Environment, Art & Design, Curriculum Enrichment and Leadership & Management.

The Ofsted Team also commented on the 'unusually high' achievements rates for GCSE English, which are well above the national average. There was also recognition that significant changes have been made to the leadership of Apprenticeship provision at the College, which has resulted in achievements rates soaring to above national rates last year.

Principal Sharon Collett said: "We are incredibly proud of the result of this inspection, which is a tribute to the ongoing hard work and dedication of all the staff at the College to provide our students with the highest quality teaching, learning and assessment."

"With this excellent outcome from Ofsted and our merger with Northbrook College in its public consultation phase, this is one of the most exciting times in the College’s 150 year history. We are proud to remain in the top-third highest achieving general FE colleges in the country for 16-18 qualifications and will continue to work hard and build on all the achievements that have been recognised by Ofsted".

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