Selby College awarded ‘Good’ status in Ofsted inspection

Following an inspection in December 2017, a further education and skills inspection report has today been published which awards the top-performing North Yorkshire college the status of ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness.

Ofsted graded the college as ‘Good’ across all seven areas; Effectiveness of leadership & management; Quality of teaching, learning and assessment; Personal development, behaviour & welfare; Outcomes for learners; 16-19 study programmes; Adult learning programmes and Apprenticeships.

The college was particularly praised for the good personal and work-related skills for apprentices and learners, which prepare them well for their future careers. Also highlighted is the ‘very effective’ nature of the 16-19 study programmes in preparing learners for their next steps, with ‘the very large majority of learners’ progressing to further learning, employment or Apprenticeships.

The college has also been recognised for establishing ‘highly successful’ partnerships with local and regional employers, the local authority and local enterprise partnerships, stating ‘leaders and managers plan effective programmes that equip learners with the skills required to find work’ which in turn ‘reflects local and regional economic priorities’.

The leadership of the college was described as creating ‘a positive culture and ethos of tolerance and respect’ which is reflected in the polite nature and ‘good behaviour’ of the learners in all areas of the college and at work. The report goes on to state that learners and apprentices are ‘well motivated and take pride in their work’ as well as ‘developing self-confidence and improved communication skills’ as a result of the participation in learning.

Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive, welcomed the many positives about teachers and students in the report saying: “It was a very thorough inspection with eight inspectors over four days looking at the full range of the college’s work. We were encouraged by the very positive feedback on the work we undertake with our students who appreciate the comprehensive support that they receive and the fact that the resources and accommodation are excellent and reflect industry standards well. We were also very pleased that the impact of the college in preparing learners well for their future careers, was recognised, confirming that a very large majority of students progress successfully onto the next stage of their careers.”

In November 2017, the publication FE Week, using DfE data, placed Selby College as the 17th highest performing college overall (of 202) and in 4th position for the 16-18 Positive Progression League Table.  The college achieved second place for Adults into Employment.

Note to Editors:

The college achieved another milestone in 2017, a Silver Award, following publication of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its expanding and highly regarded Higher Education course provision.

There are approximately 1,400 16-19 year olds and 2,500 adult learners. In 2016/17, 222 of our learners were studying for Higher Education qualifications (HNC/Ds, Foundation degrees, full degrees, Cert Ed/PGCE) and 883 learners on Apprenticeship programmes.

Published: Thursday 18 Jan 2018