College is one of nation’s best

College principal Derek Branton celebrates Beacon Status with students.
College principal Derek Branton celebrates Beacon Status with students.

EAST Riding College has been recognised as “one of the best performing colleges nationally”.

It has been awarded Beacon Status by the national Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), which is only given to a handful of learning providers each year for outstanding teaching and learning.

The award follows a good Ofsted inspection in February which highlighted a number of outstanding features at the College, including its leadership and management and capacity to further improve.

The college, at sites in Bridlington, Beverley and Hull offers full-time further education to more than 1,500 students each year.

In making the award, LSIS highlighted:

q An expansion in recent years which has resulted from the College’s significant annual increases in the recruitment of 16 to 18-year-olds and its work with businesses;

q A consistent year-on-year improvement in success rates since 2005 which has resulted in it becoming one of the best performing colleges nationally.

To qualify for Beacon status, leadership and management must be graded by Ofsted as “outstanding” and inspection reports should have no grades less than “good” in all other areas inspected and funders must confirm a college is financially well managed.

As part of the Beacon Status programme, the college will be required to offer training events to other further education colleges to disseminate best practice.

The Beacon award was presented by LSIS chief executive Rob Wye at an awards ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.