College celebrates 'Good' Ofsted report

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There was much cause for celebration this week as East Berkshire College was judged to be consistently good by Ofsted following a week-long inspection in February. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

The College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, was praised in the report for the quality of its teaching and the high proportion of its students gaining employment or progressing on to higher levels of study. Furthermore, Ofsted found the College’s provision for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to be ‘outstanding’, which is reflected in students’ excellent progress and high success rates.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the good work the College does in serving the community and providing real life enhancing opportunities for students. This latest report demonstrates the significant progress we have made over the last few years and indicates we are well on our way to achieving our goal of becoming outstanding. Our success is testimony to the dedication of our staff and governors, who work tirelessly to ensure all students have the chance to achieve their potential and acquire the skills they need to succeed in work and life.

“As a College, we are very much focused on student outcomes. Working closely with local employers and partners, we provide work experience programmes and job clubs as well as industry recognised qualifications and training on the latest industry specific technology. The skills that students develop at the College set them on the path to a prosperous career, with the majority going on to a range of good employment opportunities and higher education.”

Commenting on the news of the College’s Ofsted Report, Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, added: “I am proud of the success of our college. It provides many local people with the opportunity to learn practical skills so that they can make a greater contribution to our society, in work, with their family or through higher education.”

The College’s key areas of strength highlighted in the report included:
  • Good learner progression to higher levels of study, Higher Education and employment.
  • Good teaching and learning.
  • Good levels of support to all learners.
  • Good promotion of equality and diversity
  • Outstanding provision for learners on courses for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
  • Learners develop good skills that are relevant to the area in which they study, preparing them well for employment.
  • High proportion of learners completing their courses successfully.
  • Success rates for functional skills are higher than the national averages.
  • Learners’ are respectful, well organised and generally make good progress.
  • The College has established strong long-term relationships with a good range of employers, which result in apprentices gaining employment and higher training.
  • The Principal and governors have established a clear mission for the College and high aspirations for their learners.
  • The College offers a broad curriculum with progression routes from pre-entry level to Higher Education in most areas.

Along with the Ofsted inspection team, the students themselves also gave the College their seal of approval. The College’s Student Satisfaction Survey 2011-12 revealed that 95% of students are happy overall with their course and the College.

Each year, East Berkshire College supports the education and training of over 8,000 individuals, helping them to achieve their personal and professional goals. A recent destination survey of former students revealed that 81% of the College’s 2011-12 leavers are in employment or education.    

Learning at East Berkshire College also offers a good return on investment for students and their families according to a recent impact study conducted by EMSI. For example, the study found that someone who completed a Level 3 course at the College can expect to earn, on average, around £471,552 more than someone with no formal qualifications over the course of their working life.    

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses call 0845 373 2500.

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