Ofsted Report

We were inspected in March 2023 and achieved an overall grade of GOOD with provision for learners with high needs graded as OUTSTANDING.

Download the full report - Ofsted Report March 2023

Highlights from the Report

College Culture

  • Staff create a positive culture at the college, which results in a high level of mutual respect between staff and students
  • Students display positive attitudes to their learning and are attentive in lessons
  • Students are highly motivated to do their best
  • Staff promote high expectations of what students, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, can achieve
  • Students benefit from exciting enrichment opportunities that develop their interests
  • Sports staff support students’ sporting aspirations even when these are not part of the college sports programme, such as surf coaching, weightlifting and cross country running
  • Students, who come from a range of backgrounds, feel safe in college
  • Staff successfully celebrate diversity, allowing every student to be who they want to be

Curriculum and Teaching

  • Leaders and managers have developed an inclusive curriculum with an effective balance of academic and vocational pathways to align the college’s provision with local economic and skills priorities
  • Leaders and managers liaise well with employers and stakeholders to understand the skills needs that are relevant to their students
  • Leaders and managers use subject experts to develop content for vocational courses such as live briefs, business proposals and workplace visits
  • Teachers are well qualified and are experts in their field
  • Teachers skilfully develop students’ creative skills, knowledge and behaviours to help them produce work that is of an excellent standard

Learning Support

  • Students who have high needs make excellent progress in developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours that they need to achieve their qualifications and progress to highly positive destinations
  • Staff help students to increase significantly their confidence and self-esteem, and as a result, students who have high needs develop resilience and improve their communication, independent study skills and teamworking skills


  • Most students progress to positive destinations, including further learning, and many move on to prestigious universities
  • Most students progress to university, gain an apprenticeship or move into employment
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