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OFSTED Report 2018

Good for FE and Outstanding
for Apprenticeships

Read below for the overview of our OFSTED review 2018 or download the full report here.

Leadership

“Governors and senior leaders have created a culture of high expectations.”

“The principal and senior leaders are very effective in identifying and meeting the skills development needs of learners, employers and other stakeholders in Calderdale and the West Yorkshire region.”

Employers

The college is very effective in identifying and meeting the skills needs of local employers

Teaching

Staff are highly qualified and experienced, and use their skills well to motivate their learners and apprentices.

“The principal and senior leaders are very effective in identifying and meeting the skills development needs of learners, employers and other stakeholders in Calderdale and the West Yorkshire region.”

  • Teachers ensure that learners make good progress in developing their vocational skills and gain good levels of knowledge and understanding in practical subjects.​

Learners

Learners benefit from a highly inclusive culture, and are enthusiastic and positive about their learning.

Learners and apprentices behave extremely well.

Learners clearly feel very proud of their college.

“The very large majority of learners benefit greatly from the pastoral support that they receive from progress coaches and from learner services.”

“[Learners] are courteous and demonstrate a strong commitment to the college’s core values of respect and tolerance.”

“Learners gain confidence and improve the social interaction and communication skills that will support them well in their future lives.”

“Learners on vocational programmes develop good practical skills and knowledge and many take advantage of well-planned work placements that help to prepare them for employment.”

  • Learners benefit from very high-quality classrooms and other learning environments.

Results Including Destination & Progression

A high proportion of learners and apprentices progress to further studies, apprenticeships or employment related to their programme.

“Achievement rates for learners on 16 to 19 study programmes have risen over the last three years, and the very large proportion of learners now achieve their qualifications.”

“The large majority of current learners on 16 to 19 study programme and adult learning programmes are making good progress on their courses.”

“Learners for whom the college receives high-needs funding make good progress in achieving their qualifications and developing their independence, confidence and employment skills. As a result, the very large majority of learners progress onto positive destinations, with most moving on the next level of their programme and the rest to supported internships.”

  • The very large majority of learners and apprentices who complete their programmes successfully progress onto positive destinations that link closely to their qualifications and career aspirations.

Apprenticeships

Apprentices are making substantial and sustained progress from their starting points.

“Assessors are highly effective at providing support for apprentices who are not making the progress expected of them.”

“The large majority of employers engage fully with managers at the college to provide apprentices with excellent on-the-job training.”

“Apprentices develop valuable personal and employment skills that help them in their existing jobs, and will help them in their future careers.”

  • Current apprentices make excellent progress in developing relevant work skills and attitudes.