Students and staff were celebrating following a successful Ofsted Inspection visit in October 2015. The College achieved a rating of ‘Good’, the first provider in South Yorkshire to achieve this under the new tougher Inspection Framework.
Inspectors spent a week at the College observing lessons across all curriculum areas to judge the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, examination results, the effectiveness of leadership and management and the College’s success in preparing students for further study or employment.
Inspectors recognised that “teachers have high expectations of students and teaching, learning and assessment are now consistently good” and that “Students’ work is often good or better and teachers provide detailed feedback, which enables students to make good progress.”
The report highlighted that “students improve their self-confidence and raise their expectations in their work and personal lives; they are well prepared for higher education or employment.” and at the College; “students develop the critical thinking, debating and writing skills they need for higher education well…” This means that “The number who progress to further study, higher education or employment is very high.”
Inspectors also praised the College’s commitment to supporting students, describing the College as “…highly inclusive and places a strong emphasis on valuing the individual; students respect each other and their teachers they feel very safe and their behaviour in college is exemplary” while “Particularly good support for students enables them to participate and achieve including those students with specific learning needs.”
Inspectors commended leadership and management at the College as “strong” stating that “Leaders and managers have been successful in developing a culture of high aspirations and achievement throughout the college.”
College Principal, Mo Nisbet said; “I am delighted the inspection team recognise the developments that we have made since the last inspection and I’m so proud of what the students and staff have achieved. I want to personally thank them for all their hard work and commitment in achieving ‘Good’. There are lots of positive observations we can take from the inspection report and this outcome shows that the College is on the way to achieving Outstanding and gives us the confidence that we are doing the right things to get there.”