Ofsted today (January 23 2013) released the report on its recent inspection of North Nottinghamshire College in Worksop, confirming it as a good college.

A team of nine inspectors visited the college just before Christmas, under the new short notice arrangements, and spent a week looking in detail at the work of the College and its 1,150 full time and 3,800 part time students.

The report grades the Worksop-based College as ‘good’ for overall effectiveness, and for each of the three key areas, outcomes for learners, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the effectiveness of leadership and management.

Particular areas highlighted by the inspectors for praise included:

  • The increased number of learners achieving qualifications and those meeting or exceeding their expected target trades
  • Good guidance and support for learners
  • High quality teaching supported by structured staff development
  • The quality of key vocational areas including Health and Social Care, Early Years, Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

Principal, John Connolly, said that he and the Governors were delighted with the report: “I am particularly pleased that the inspection report highlights the strength of our guidance and support for our students, and the very good practical teaching that we offer them, which means that they develop good practical and employability skills to prepare them well for their next steps.

“In the current very difficult times for our young people, it is vital that we support them to achieve their hopes and expectations after their studies and into their careers. Our courses prepare them equally well, whether they wish to go on to higher education, here or at university, or directly into employment.

“Inspectors recognised that the standard of work is high, and that our staff are very supportive and have strong working relationships with our students. It is rewarding that the benefit of our adult approach to working with our students is recognised in the report.”

Chair of the College’s Governors, Mr Atholl Stott, added: “I am delighted for the staff who put so much energy and commitment into ensuring the success of our students, and I would like to thank them publicly for their dedication and hard work.

“The College’s results over the last three years have consistently made North Notts the best performing Further Education College in Nottinghamshire.

“It is very rewarding that the improvements made across the board at the College have been recognised by Ofsted through the award of an improved grade. This is particularly so against the new and more challenging short notice inspection framework, under which only half of similar colleges inspected so far have secured such an improvement.

“The report confirms a number of areas we had identified where we can continue to improve, and offers some very helpful prompts in that regard.

“All of the Governors are now looking forward to using the report’s findings to support the College in delivering even greater success in the future.

“Finally, I would like to thank the students, who welcomed the inspection team and impressed with their behaviour and commitment to their studies throughout the week. As always, they were a credit to the College.”