Southall community College Ofsted good

5 May 2017

As we reported earlier this week, West London's College has been rated Good by Ofsted. A Good rating means we are effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all of our students’ needs, and our students are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment.

Ofsted rates education providers in eight key areas and offers commentary and feedback on how the provider is performing in each one. For further education providers, the areas are:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • 16 to 19 study programmes
  • Adult learning programmes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Provision for learners with high needs
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for learners

Here's a snippet of what Ofsted had to say about us for each area:

Effectiveness of leadership and management - Quality starts at the top.

"Leaders, managers and governors are highly ambitious for the college. They have a clear and well-explained vision and mission, effectively communicated and understood by staff throughout the college. A consistent expectation of high standards, and shared college values, underpin a relentless focus on improvement."

16 to 19 study programmes - Supporting young people into great careers.

"Managers have developed a broad range of initiatives to improve quickly the impact of teaching and learning, particularly in English and mathematics, and, as a result, learners make good progress.

"In their wide range of subjects, learners make good progress because of sound subject-based written feedback and regular individual verbal feedback by teachers during lesson tasks and activities."

Adult learning programmes - High quality, relevant career development.

"The college’s vocational, community and distance learning provision closely aligns to local and national priorities, and meets the demands of employers and local community groups."

Apprenticeships - A win/win for students and employers. 

"Target setting and written feedback to apprentices are rigorous and support apprentices well to improve their work, extend their knowledge and make better progress. Employers are able to influence their apprentices’ skills development through their involvement in progress reviews."

Provision for learners with high needs - Boosting our students' independence.

"(Students) are determined to succeed and staff have high aspirations for them. This is reflected in the significant number of leavers who gain paid employment, move onto a higher level of programme or progress into supported living."

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment - Working to get the best out of our students.

"Teachers have high expectations of their learners. Learners working towards vocational qualifications know what grades they are expected to achieve, make good progress and are enthusiastic about achieving their qualifications."

Personal development, behaviour and welfare -  Students achieving beyond their grades.

"Learners achieve a good range of additional qualifications to support their main study programmes and to enhance their prospects of employability. For example, sports learners complete coaching and refereeing awards, catering learners complete additional food hygiene qualifications, computing and IT learners complete proprietary software qualifications and construction learners complete their industry health and safety examinations."

Outcomes for learners - The big one!

"Learners’ positive progression to further studies, training and employment is good, with most of those completing their studies in 2016 achieving positive destinations. The majority of learners aged 16 to 18 continued in further education, often at higher levels, and a good proportion successfully started higher education courses or progressed to apprenticeships."

What Next?

We have a range of taster days and open days coming up at each of our four colleges. They're a great way to meet our tutors, try out different career paths and discover the college for yourself. If you find a course you like, we can even offer you a conditional offer even if you're still waiting for your final grades.

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