Croydon College ranked ‘good’ in Ofsted report


By - Thursday 12th June, 2014

Ofsted has ranked Croydon College as ‘good’ and said it has made “very significant, and increasingly, rapid progress” in a new report published this month. The reports looks at the curriculum, the management of the college, student support and how it works with the community and employers.


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Release begins: Staff and students have started back after half-term with a genuine ‘spring’ in their step after the Government’s education watchdog praised Croydon College’s continuing improvement.

The college has been transformed into a ‘good’ college with several outstanding features according to its latest Ofsted report, published 06 Jun 2014. Rating the college as good overall, the inspectors praised the teachers saying they have ‘high aspirations’ for their students.

The college has made ‘very significant, and increasingly rapid, progress,’ since the last inspection in December 2012, says the report, which covered everything from the curriculum and how the college is led and managed to its student support and work with its community and employers. It noted that ‘the promotion of equality and support for diversity are outstanding’.

The college’s teaching, learning and assessment have improved rapidly and are now assessed as good while the learning environment has been transformed ‘very successfully, enhancing its reputation in the local community as a caring, safe and inclusive place in which to study,’ say the Ofsted inspectors.

The inspectors add: “The college has an extremely strong focus on the very good development of students’ personal and employability skills through its outstanding volunteering initiatives and many other projects, which have a significant impact on the local communities in which the students reside.”

The 3459 full time and 7505 part time students appreciate the very good support they receive, particularly those who have additional learning needs, says the report. And, say the inspectors, the proportion of good and outstanding lessons has increased significantly since the last inspection.

It adds: “Staff at all levels throughout the college are proud of the often considerable differences they make to students’ lives and to their future prospects. Leaders, managers, teachers and support staff all constantly seek more effective ways in which to challenge students to achieve their best.”

Principal and CEO, Frances Wadsworth is thrilled with the report, she said: “This is a glowing report. Every curriculum area inspected is judged to be ‘good’. Ofsted has rightly reported that we have many outstanding teachers and high aspirations’ for our learners. The report details our ‘outstanding’ initiatives which have brought about ‘very good’ development of personal and employability skills, and I am particularly pleased that Ofsted has officially reported that our success rates have ‘improved dramatically’.

“I want to thank staff, students, governors and employers, all of whom have played a part in this incredible journey of improvement and success. Ofsted says, ‘Croydon College is a good college which makes a substantial difference to the lives of students of all ages within its local community,’ I have to say, that I wholeheartedly agree!”

Further highlights of the report include:

  • The promotion of equality and support for diversity are outstanding.
  • The college’s involvement in working with, and improving, its surrounding communities is outstanding.
  • The college has an extremely strong focus on the very good development of students’ personal and employability skills through its outstanding volunteering initiatives.
  • Teachers are well qualified and suitably experienced in their specialist subject areas, whether academic or vocational.
  • Outstanding teaching and learning are now more prevalent across the college
  • All college staff carry out a period of annual commercial updating with companies; this results in a greater understanding of employers’ needs, and of current business practice when planning schemes of work and lessons.
  • Initiatives introduced across the college to develop students’ employability skills have been successful in exposing students to the world of work in a number of different ways, including through imaginative projects and live briefs.
  • Governors are highly experienced, committed and well-informed.

Gordon Smith, Chair of Governors at the college said: “This is a great outcome for Croydon College, and deserved recognition for the incredible efforts of its magnificent staff and students. I think Croydon College has demonstrated, through this inspection, the level of ambition it has for the communities it serves; Croydon College really does change the lives of its students.”

Release ends.

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