Our Ofsted inspection

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.

Summary of our Ofsted inspection report [PDF] 

Full Ofsted inspection report [PDF] 

Ofsted 'good practice' inspection

In 2007, we were selected as part of a sample of colleges with good practice in Science (Centre for Applied Science and Sixth Form College) and Business and Administration (Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, Sixth Form College and Centre for Lifelong Learning). Inspectors carried out lesson observations and talked to students and staff. In Business the following strengths were identified:

  • Good success rates and standards.
  • Very good range of vocational enrichment and resources available.
  • Excellent progression rates to HE.
  • Strong tutorial and learning support.

In Science numerous examples of 'outstanding teaching and learning' were observed in 'well-resourced facilities with imaginative and vocationally relevant assessments'. Leadership and management were rated as 'outstanding', and again, excellent progression rates to university and high success rates were noted.