Col­lege has made good progress says Of­sted

Merger cre­ated col­lege two years ago

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - LUCY LYNCH hinck­ley­[email protected]­

IN­SPEC­TORS have praised progress at North War­wick­shire and South Le­ices­ter­shire Col­lege since it was cre­ated by a merger two years ago.

Of­sted in­spec­tors vis­ited the col­lege, with bases in Wigston, Hinck­ley and Nuneaton, in Oc­to­ber for a two day mon­i­tor­ing visit.

In a re­port pub­lished this week Of­sted says the col­lege has made sig­nif­i­cant progress in meet­ing the needs of its stu­dents, the lo­cal com­mu­nity and em­ploy­ers and has en­hanced the rigour of its gov­ern­ing body.

The re­port also says the col­lege is man­ag­ing fi­nan­cial pres­sures well along with rais­ing achieve­ments in maths, English, travel, tourism, cater­ing and mo­tor ve­hi­cle main­te­nance. The in­spec­tors high­light how more stu­dents now get high grades at GCSE English. They say a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of stu­dents go on to pos­i­tive next steps in­clud­ing jobs, fur­ther and higher ed­u­ca­tion.

They also say there are ac­tion plans to im­prove poorly per­form­ing sub­jects such as health and so­cial care, ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion and sport.

The in­spec­tors praised gov­er­nors for set­ting up a sys­tem to mon­i­tor stu­dent progress and check ev­ery­one is on track to meet their tar­get grade. And they praise gov­er­nors for mak­ing sure teach­ers im­prove their skills.

Mar­ion Plant, prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive said, “We are de­lighted with the out­come of the re­cent visit by Of­sted which re­flects the high stan­dards achieved by the Col­lege. The re­port is a fit­ting recog­ni­tion of the con­sid­er­able progress we have made over the last two years since our merger in im­prov­ing the qual­ity of teaching and learn­ing, and the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This en­dorse­ment by Of­sted prop­erly re­flects the ef­fort and am­bi­tion of our stu­dents, the hard work of our staff and the sup­port of our gov­ern­ing body.

“The re­port is an im­por­tant doc­u­ment that we will use in en­sur­ing even greater progress in the fu­ture.

“We were aware that there are some ar­eas for im­prove­ment in a mi­nor­ity of ar­eas and have al­ready started to ad­dress those is­sues. Of­sted’s judge­ments have pro­vided us with a clear agenda to fol­low in con­tin­u­ing to en­sure that North War­wick­shire and South Le­ices­ter­shire Col­lege is a fan­tas­tic place to learn.”

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