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Shrewsbury Colleges Group is delighted to announce that the college has been judged as ‘Good with outstanding features’ by Ofsted in the inspection report published today, 17 January 2022.

The behaviour and attitudes of students and apprentices was praised as being ‘outstanding’ and the overall Quality of Education, education programmes for young people, adult learning, apprenticeships, high needs provision and personal development were all judged to be ‘Good’.

James Staniforth, Principal of the college commented: ‘I am delighted that the professionalism, skills, and dedication shown by the teaching and support staff at the college have been recognised by OFSTED in this inspection. The college team are truly fantastic, working incredibly hard on a daily basis to help our students achieve their goals, regardless of the very challenging circumstances we have all faced over the last two years. It is very pleasing to see this work being recognised by the education standards office.’

Ofsted judged that students:

  • work very well together in a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment.
  • show high levels of respect for each other, staff, and visiting adults.
  • enjoy being at college with their peers following the disruption to their previous education and lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • gain in confidence due to the good support and teaching they receive from college staff.
  • settle into life at college quickly, attend courses well, and feel able to be themselves. They feel part of a welcoming community.
  • gain valuable knowledge and skills in their subjects in high-quality facilities.
  • are rightly proud of the work they produce.
  • develop useful wider skills, such as working independently and being part of a team and that these skills prepare them well for moving on to employment or for studying courses at higher levels.
  • benefit from good or better facilities.

Ofsted praised teachers at the college:

  • Teachers, tutors, and assessors have high levels of subject expertise and experience
  • Teachers teach students and apprentices the content of the curriculum well.
  • Teachers help students to secure their knowledge and understanding through the effective support they provide in lessons.
  • Teachers provide particularly effective support for apprentices to develop their practical skills.

Ofsted also judged that:

  • the college delivers a broad and rich curriculum that meets the needs of students, apprentices, employers, and local communities very well
  • Staff provide appropriate and timely help to students who may need additional support.
  • Student services work with external agencies to provide guidance to students across a range of areas, including mental health, preparation for independent living and finance.
  • A high proportion of students achieve their qualifications.
  • A high proportion of younger students, those who have high needs and apprentices move into higher education – including Russell Group universities – further training, or employment when they complete their learning.

Ofsted also identified “an inclusive culture where students, apprentices, and staff feel safe and welcome” and that the college provides “a wide range of enrichment opportunities”.

Roger Wilson, Chair of the college Governors concluded: ‘I am delighted with the outcome of the OFSTED inspection. The experienced OFSTED team, which was drawn from across the country, completed a thorough and rigorous inspection of the college and we’re extremely pleased with the outcome that they have reached. The last 18 months have been particularly challenging in the educational sector with the COVID pandemic and therefore, I’m particularly gratified that the work of the college staff and students have been recognised.’

The full report can be viewed here

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