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Staff and students at Eastleigh College are celebrating the outcome of its Ofsted inspection, which has judged the College to be ‘Outstanding' in a report published today.
The inspection, undertaken in May 2012, has awarded Eastleigh College the highest result of ‘Grade 1’ in overall effectiveness, quality of provision, outcomes for learners, leadership and management and capacity to improve - an accolade which has only been achieved by one other General Further Education College nationally in this academic year and just six GFE Colleges in the South East since inspections began in 1993.
Following a rigorous inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspector Russell Jordan and his team, the report specifically identifies the College as providing outstanding outcomes for its learners, equipping them well for their future careers. Lead inspector Mr Jordan wrote:
“The quality of provision is outstanding across the range of the College’s work.
“Learner’s value their teacher’s extensive vocational knowledge and expertise.
“Learners benefit from excellent opportunities for progression.
“The College prepares learners very well for employment.
“This is an outstanding college.”
Delighted Chief Executive Tony Lau-Walker, who’s praised for his ‘clear and consistent vision’ in the leadership and management of the College said:
“This is a fantastic achievement that represents many years of effort, hard work and commitment from all teams across the College. We are very proud to be recognised for the work undertaken to support and inspire our 22,000 learners and 1,400 employers each year to achieve their potential.
“We will continue to develop the quality of service we provide to ensure we meet the needs of region both now and in future years”.
Chair of Governors, Paul Quigley, whose board of governors was praised for its ‘wealth of relevant skills and experience in providing support to the College’ said:
“I think that it is an accolade that everyone in the College, led by Tony, has worked towards for such a long time. While everybody I have met here believed the College to be outstanding, to have it confirmed by the authority is just tremendous. I think everybody at the College should take great delight in this outcome”.
Caroline Nokes, newly appointed Advisory Governor to Eastleigh College and MP for Romsey and Southampton North, added:
“It’s certainly a fantastic achievement and something the College should be rightly very proud of. What I believe it tells both current and future students is that Eastleigh College is absolutely one of the best places that they can choose to continue their education”.
Following guidance received today from the Department for Education and Ofqual, we can provided reassurance to students who were due to sit GCSEs at Eastleigh College this summer.
Eastleigh College is delighted to announce that following the release of national government data, it has ranked 1st in Hampshire and 10th nationally against all other 6th form and further education colleges for its student achievement rates.