College celebrates Ofsted report

Staff and students celebrate the Ofsted report at the Bridlington campus
Staff and students celebrate the Ofsted report at the Bridlington campus

East Riding College has this week received the best Ofsted report for a general further education or sixth form college since the new inspection regime was introduced in September.

The College, which has campuses in Bridlington and Beverley and a smaller site in Hull, was rated “good” overall and “outstanding” for personal development, behaviour and welfare, and courses for adults.

Inspectors praised the “culture of high expectations”, the outstanding learning facilities and the close alignment of its courses with the skills needs of the local economy.

Principal Derek Branton said: “This is testament to the hard work of our staff who have faced challenging times through a period of unprecedented change in the further education sector and a tightening of resource brought about by reductions in public sector funding.

“The report demonstrates that East Riding College is the ideal choice for young people and adult learners.

“Inspectors clearly recognised the outstanding learning environments we provide for practical and academic learning.”

Their glowing report, from the four-day inspection in February, also highlighted well qualified tutors who are role models for students, high levels of positive progression into employment and further study, and the ambitions of the Principal and senior team which staff are highly motivated to achieve.

Of the 30 FE and sixth form colleges inspected this academic year, East Riding College has the best profile of grades yet, with two outstanding and four good grades in the six sub-sections and a grade of good overall.

Inspectors said the College was not rated “outstanding” overall because English and mathematics results, despite being above the national average, are not at a high enough standard.

For more information about East Riding College, go to www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0345 120 0044.