Top marks for East Riding College

East Riding Colleg Principal Derek Branton celebrating their Ofsted report with a group of students.
East Riding Colleg Principal Derek Branton celebrating their Ofsted report with a group of students.

OUTSTANDING leadership and exceptional student progress are among comments about East Riding College in its latest Ofsted report.

It follows an inspection last month by the education watchdog and highlights the students’ “excellent” employability skills, “outstanding guidance and support” and the “outstanding financial management of the College”. All aspects of the College’s provision were graded as at least good with many features graded as outstanding. Principal Derek Branton said: “This is an exceptional Ofsted report which follows six successive years of improvements in success rates on our courses, as well as a significant broadening of the curriculum and major improvements to our facilities, notably the opening of the new Bridlington campus in 2009 which last November won the best education building in Yorkshire award.

“I am extremely proud of what the students, staff, managers and governors have achieved in making East Riding College into such a high-performing college which takes students of all backgrounds and abilities and helps them to reach their potential.”

David Thacker, Chairman of the College’s Governors, said: “ The local community can be proud of the contribution the College has made to the education and training needs of the area and the standards it sets and delivers for the students.”

Highlights from the report include the college’s open and transparent culture which it said had significantly raised the expectations and ambitions of staff and improved outcomes for learners

It described the governors as being highly effective and having set a clear strategic direction. Learners enjoy college and made exceptional progress and have excellent employability, and partnerships with employers were judged successful in addressing skills gaps.

Five areas were highlighted for improvement, most of which the college said were already being addressed, such as improving accommodation at the Beverley campus, which it is seeking to do through the construction of a new campus in the town centre.

Among others were to continue to improve attendance in lessons through more rigorous follow-up procedures.

Also to further improve the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that all lessons contain stimulating activities that meet the differing needs of all learners, and to focus closely on improving questioning techniques to ensure that learning is frequently checked.