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Preston’s College standards rise in latest Ofsted inspection

Posted on - 13th December, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, College, Fulwood, Preston News
Level 3 Gifted and Scholarship learners at Preston's College
Level 3 Gifted and Scholarship learners at Preston’s College

Preston’s College is back on track after being rated ‘Good’ by education watchdog Ofsted.

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In 2016 the Fulwood-based College was rated as ‘requiring improvement’ across the board.

However the latest Ofsted report states that ‘governors, senior leaders and managers have rectified successfully the vast majority of weaknesses identified at the previous inspection’.

Read more: Preston’s College sees standards fall in most recent Ofsted inspection

The Ofsted report measures effectiveness against eight key themes. Preston’s College was rated as ‘Good’ in seven of the areas including ‘quality of teaching, learning and assessment’, ‘16-19 study programmes’ and ‘adult learning programmes’.

The report states that the proportion of students who achieve their qualifications has risen ‘considerably’ since the previous inspection, and is now high for 16- to 18-year-olds, adults, and for students with high needs.

According to the report, the College works ‘very effectively with a range of partners and employers to provide training to meet local and regional skills gaps and community priorities’.

Meanwhile students and apprentices ‘work to high-level industrial standards and benefit from coaching and support from knowledgeable and well-qualified staff’.

Read more: Preston’s College ranked top ten in country for its courses

Entrance to Preston's College in St Vincents Road in Fulwood
Entrance to Preston’s College in St Vincents Road in Fulwood

Of the eight themes, only ‘apprenticeships’ remained as ‘requiring improvement’, with the report stating that ‘leaders and managers have not ensured that the quality of apprenticeships has improved quickly enough’.

Dr Lis Smith, Principal and Chief Executive at Preston’s College, said: “Our new ‘Good’ grade is a fantastic testament to the excellent work we see from staff and learners on a day-to-day basis.

“Preston’s College is extremely proud that Ofsted has recognised the improvements made by the College over the last two years, particularly the quality of our teaching, learning and assessment.

“Preston’s College works hard to ensure curriculum is aligned to the needs of our local economy, ensuring programmes meet the needs of both our learners and local businesses.

“We now look forward to continuing with the College’s success in what promises to be a positive and bright future.”

Read more: Preston secondary school ranks in the UK’s top ten

Gifted and talented Aeronautical Engineering scholar, Max Copeland, said: “I am delighted that my College has received a ‘Good’ grade!

“I have been at Preston’s College since September and have found staff to be supportive and friendly, really helping my transition from high school.

“My lessons are engaging and the facilities in the iSTEM Centre are superb, allowing me to work on a real aircraft instead of just learning in the classroom.

“I would definitely recommend Preston’s College to any young person considering their College options.”

The full Ofsted report is available on the education inspection website.

Do you work or study at Preston’s College? What do you think of the report? Let us know in the comments below.

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