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Ofsted inspection 2008

Ofsted Logo We've always believed that inspection, however challenging, gives us a real opportunity to demonstrate what we do and what is achieved here throughout the year. The College was inspected in 2004, when it was judged to be ‘Outstanding’. When Ofsted returned in 2008; they concluded that the College had further improved and had joined a handful of colleges - and the only FE College in London - judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in every single measure.

Summary of grades awarded

Effectiveness of provision: Outstanding: Grade 1
Capacity to improve: Outstanding: Grade 1
Achievement and standards: Outstanding: Grade 1
Quality of provision: Outstanding: Grade 1
Leadership and management: Outstanding: Grade 1
Equality of opportunity: Outstanding: Contributory Grade 1

The inspectors found much to praise, here are some of their comments:

  • "City and Islington College provides outstanding education and training."
  • "Highly skilled teachers motivate and bring out the best in their students through outstanding teaching and learning."
  • "The college is a highly inclusive institution with outstanding equality of opportunity."
  • "Overall success rates for long courses are high, particularly for students aged 16-18."