The Isle Wight College was inspected by OfSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) in May this year.
Sustained improvements in student success
The overall conclusion of the OfSTED inspection was that the College was GOOD, with OUTSTANDING provision for learners with high needs and for Adults.
Our learners and staff are delighted to hear The College has been given an overall rating of ‘Good’, re-enforcing our core mission statement of “Putting Students First”.
A Platform for Success
College Principal, Debbie Lavin, was elated with the assessment which is one of the best reports in the sector this year. She said:
The College has consistently maintained a high level of student achievement, I am delighted that the work of the students and staff has been recognised and that the College remains one of the best in the country.
For Ofsted to report that the College has created an environment where students feel valued, behaviour is good, students enjoy their studies and they are respectful of each other fills me with enormous pride.
I am very pleased that the inspectors noted the college has an unremitting focus on the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning.
I am also delighted for all my staff whose hard work and dedication provided the platform for the success our students have achieved.
Adult learning programmes and the provision for students in receipt of high-needs funding are outstanding. Students achieve their qualifications and develop a very good range of skills that prepare them well for employment.
Apprentices make good progress from their starting points; the vast majority achieve their qualifications and contribute positively in their workplace. Most apprentices are given additional responsibilities, get promoted and gain permanent employment.
Students develop good, industry-standard skills, attitudes and knowledge. As a result, the vast majority progress to employment or further study on completion of their programmes.
Staff have created an environment where students feel valued. Behaviour is good, students enjoy their studies and they are respectful of each other.
Senior managers and governors have an unremitting focus on the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning, which leads to sustained improvements in students’ progress.
Leaders, managers and governors are highly responsive to the needs of employers and the community, which they meet exceptionally well. As a result, they have designed a comprehensive curriculum and students have access to high-quality, industry-specialist facilities and resources.
Students benefit from a very effective range of support services, which are implemented to enable all students to make good progress despite barriers to learning they may have.
Students benefit from effective target-setting, which ensures that they complete work and achieve their qualifications in a timely manner.