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Ofsted Report 2018

Further Education & Skills Inspection Report



Ofsted Report 2018

•Governors and senior leaders have created a culture of high expectations.

•The principal and senior leaders are very effective in identifying and meeting the skills development needs of learners, employers and other stakeholders in Calderdale and the West Yorkshire region.


•Learners benefit from a highly inclusive culture, and are enthusiastic and positive about their learning.

•Learners benefit from very high-quality classrooms and other learning environments.

•Learners clearly feel very proud of their college. 

•Learners gain confidence and improve the social interaction and communication skills that will support them well in their future lives.

•Learners on vocational programmes develop good practical skills and knowledge and many take advantage of well-planned work placements that help to prepare them for employment.


•The college is very effective in identifying and meeting the skills needs of local employers

Teaching / Teachers

•Staff are highly qualified and experienced, and use their skills well to motivate their learners and apprentices.

•Teachers ensure that learners make good progress in developing their vocational skills and gain good levels of knowledge and understanding in practical subjects.

•Teachers have high aspirations of what learners with high needs can achieve. As a result, learners have a very high level of success in achieving their qualifications.

Results including Destination and Progression

•A high proportion of learners and apprentices progress to further studies, apprenticeships or employment related to their programme.

•Achievement rates for learners on 16 to 19 study programmes have risen over the last three years, and the very large proportion of learners now achieve their qualifications.

•The very large majority of learners and apprentices who complete their programmes successfully progress onto positive destinations that link closely to their qualifications and career aspirations.

Outstanding Apprenticeships

•Apprentices are making substantial and sustained progress from their starting points.

•Current apprentices make excellent progress in developing relevant work skills and attitudes.

•Assessors are highly effective at providing support for apprentices who are not making the progress expected of them.

•The large majority of employers engage fully with managers at the college to provide apprentices with excellent on-the-job training.

•Apprentices develop valuable personal and employment skills that help them in their existing jobs, and will help them in their future careers.

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