OFSTED Report 2018

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  • “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.”


  • Learners benefit from a highly inclusive culture, and are enthusiastic and positive about their learning.
  • “Learners benefit from very high-quality classrooms and other learning environments.”
  • 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.”


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


  • Staff are highly qualified and experienced, and use their skills well to motivate their learners and apprentices.
  • “Teachers ensure that learners make good progress in developing their vocational skills and gain good levels of knowledge and understanding in practical subjects.”
  • “Teachers have high aspirations of what learners with high needs can achieve. As a result, learners have a very high level of success in achieving their qualifications.”


  • 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.” 


  • Apprentices are making substantial and sustained progress from their starting points.
  • “Current apprentices make excellent progress in developing relevant work skills and attitudes.” 
  • “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.”