In our 2004 inspection, 90 per cent of our grades were a one (Outstanding) or a two (Good), confirming our position as one of England’s leading further education colleges.
Almost three-quarters (73%) of the 230 lessons observed were assessed as ‘good or better’. The College was also judged as outstanding in: leadership and management, governance, response to education and social inclusion, and support for students.
The College inspection took place over two weeks from 8-18 November 2004 and involved 22 inspectors.They examined 10 curriculum areas and a range of cross-College aspects using a five-point grading system ranging from one (Outstanding) to five (Very Poor).
The inspectors frequently remarked on the high standards of teaching, the encouragement and support given to students, and how diversity enriches College and classroom life.
Here are some of their comments:
- "Teachers are well qualified and experienced."
- "Students are generally highly motivated and keen to learn."
- "There is good development of students’ personal and learning skills."
- "Students become confident learners and make good progress."