Bracknell & Wokingham College rated Good by Ofsted

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Bracknell & Wokingham College rated Good by Ofsted

07 March 2018

Bracknell & Wokingham College has been praised by Ofsted as a good provider of further education and apprenticeships in its latest report. Following the inspection in January, all areas of the college provision were rated as Grade 2, Good.

The inspection team were impressed that the college “have created a secure and welcoming learning environment in which students and apprentices feel safe and enjoy their learning”. They also commented on the provision for high-needs learners, saying they “make very good progress towards their qualifications and/or personal development”. 

The inspectors felt the college “ensure that students and apprentices receive good teaching and training, and achieve good results. All those who study or work at the college are rightly proud of the prevailing culture. This is characterised by a friendly, welcoming and very well-kept learning environment.”

The report said

“College staff make every effort to work with local employers and respond to local employment priorities. They also attempt to respond to priorities in the wider area covered by the local enterprise partnership.”

“Teachers and assessors give students, including those with education, health and care (EHC) plans, and apprentices, very effective careers advice to help them achieve their intended next steps. Adult students move on to higher levels of learning and to courses where they achieve qualifications.”

“Students and apprentices are proud, justifiably so in most cases, of the work they do at college.”

“Students aged 16 to 18 on vocational courses enjoy well considered work-related learning and external work-experience placements; they appreciate these opportunities and in most cases they enhance their learning.”

“Employers value the strong relationships they have with college staff and appreciate the support they receive to prepare for the start of the apprenticeship levy and the new standards.”

Campbell Christie CBE, Principal and CEO said

“I’m delighted that Ofsted has recognised all the hard work by our staff and governors to sustain the high quality of teaching and learning here at the College.  It was also pleasing to see Ofsted recognise the support that the College provides to our local employers and the wider community, because ‘Local Accountability’ and being at the heart of our community is a key part of the College’s Vision.”

You can read a full copy of the inspection report on the Ofsted website:

If you’d like to find out about Apprenticeships, there is an Apprenticeship Careers Fair on Wednesday 7 March, 4-6pm.  If you are interested in the other courses we offer, then come to an Open Event, our next one is Monday 30 April, 4-7pm.

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