College celebrates best Ofsted rating

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Ofsted have given the Northampton college its highest ever rating in a recent inspection of overall effectiveness.

The college’s ‘good’ rating is the best in its history having previously been rated satisfactory in inspections in 2005 and 2009.

Inspectors noted that students’ success rates are above average in a large majority of subjects including health and social care, hairdressing and beauty therapy, travel and tourism, and performing arts and media.

Head of the Daventry centre Ellen Buttler said: “I am delighted that the recent Ofsted inspection recognises Northampton College as good, but I am not surprised.

“Whilst I am still relatively new to this post, I have considerable experience of working in further education and in my opinion the staff at the college are committed and experts in their field.

“Students are well behaved and motivated with achievement high, the resources across all sites are excellent and the curriculum is innovative.”

The whole college inspection took place in February and judged that success rates were high in the majority of subjects and that the teaching prepares students well for progression into employment or further education.

The report also noted the inclusive culture at the college which promotes a high level of recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of abilities. Many of these are successful in gaining qualifications and progressing to higher levels of study.

Mrs Buttler added:“The grade and judgements are indicative of the good post-16 education students receive at the college, which very much includes its Daventry centre.”

College principal Len Closs added: “The inspection report is a fitting recognition of the considerable progress we have made over the last five years in improving the quality of teaching and learning.”