College celebrates Ofsted success

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College celebrates Ofsted success

08 October 2014

College is upgraded to  ‘Good’ – Principal salutes students and staff

College students and staff have been celebrating being awarded Grade 2, ‘Good’ status byOfsted after an inspection in November 2013.

The inspectors were particularly impressed with the ‘focus on making learning relevant to employment practices’ with students improving their ‘broader skills’ as well as gaining qualifications. Most students progress to further training at higher levels with the college or into employment and few are unemployed after leaving college.

The report noted a ‘three year trend of steady improvement’ and that students do better at the college ‘than might be anticipated from their previous results’.

Students told Inspectors that they ‘enjoy their learning at the college’ because their teachers motivate them to succeed in their studies. Teaching was described as ‘authoritative’ and‘skilfully encouraging learners to produce articulate answers and to evaluate and think independently.’

Principal Campbell Christie CBE said:

“I am really pleased that Ofsted has recognised the important role the College has in serving the needs of its learners, local businesses and the wider community and just how well it is carrying this role out.

I am also delighted that the Ofsted team were pleased to note how successful my staff are in stretching students to achieve their full potential by developing their broader skills and employability, in addition to delivering their qualifications."

Chair of Corporation, Robin Cops added:

“The result is brilliant and keeps us on track to become the best in Berkshire and achieve an Outstanding rating in the future. That’s a tribute to all our staff and students and reflects what we have been trying to achieve to meet our mission to fulfil the potential of all students.”

Samir Chouki, a first year Sport student, spoke to the Inspectors during their visit about the technology the college uses to track their progress. The system is updated so students can monitor how they are doing against their target grades and to note successes and positively reinforce students’ learning or any cause for concern. He said:

“A group of us met the Inspectors and they were friendly and helpful. I am pleased that we have jumped up a grade – I have experienced high levels of teaching in the past and that is what we get here.

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