Ofsted has endorsed the achievement of Northampton College’s highest ever success rates, recording a judgement of ‘Good’ with outstanding features following its latest inspection.The whole-college inspection, carried out by a team from Ofsted during the week of Monday, 29 October 2018, judges that teaching and learning are good, pass rates are high and that college resources are of a very high quality.
The report reveals special praise for the college’s High Needs provision, which is rated ‘outstanding’ – the highest possible grade. It states that High Needs students make exceptional progress with their independent living skills and with their achievement of qualifications.
Other highlights include:
- The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. Most teaching enables students and apprentices to develop good standards of practical skills rapidly.
- The large majority of students make good progress.
- The college has increased the proportion of students who achieve their qualifications.
- The college uses its good links with employers and the local community to ensure that the courses it offers meet local and regional skills needs.
- Students improve their skills in English well. They quickly learn to use vocational and technical terminology precisely and confidently.
- Students and apprentices make good progress in improving their mathematics. They carry out relevant mathematical calculations accurately and interpret the results confidently.
- Teachers have high expectations of their students. They agree challenging targets and grades for them to achieve.
- Students gain from the expertise of teachers who are vocationally qualified and up-to-date with industry practices.
- Students and apprentices enjoy their learning and most produce work of a high standard.
- Teachers and assessors make good links between theory and practice. Students in particular make rapid progress in developing practical skills at college.
- Teachers direct questions skilfully to students to check and deepen their understanding. They develop their confidence in using technical and often complex terminology correctly and fluently.
- Students make good progress in developing their confidence, self-esteem and skills for work.
Ofsted inspectors find that students and apprentices feel safe at college, on work-experience placements and at work. They also comment that student behaviour is exemplary.
The report is an important document that will provide the foundation to ensure even greater progress in the future. Ofsted’s judgements have provided us with a clear agenda to follow on our continuing journey to excellence across the College.
A full copy of the Ofsted report is available online at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/31/130769