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Long Road Sixth Form College celebrates Good grading by Ofsted

It’s official! When Ofsted inspected Long Road Sixth Form College earlier this month, they graded the College as Good overall:

Overall effectiveness – Good

Outcomes for learners – Good

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment – Good

Effectiveness of leadership and management – Good

The College received Good for all the main areas because:

  • An increasing proportion of students are progressing to prestigious universities
  • Teaching, learning and assessment are good and improving.
  • Both academic and pastoral staff support students particularly well, helping them to achieve and preparing them well for their lives beyond college.
  • The Principal, along with governors, has a clear vision of what the college needs to do to  raise standards further.
  • Students who did not achieve a high GCSE grade at school in English and mathematics make good progress in improving their skills in these subjects, particularly in English.

“This is just the endorsement we need,” comments Principal Christine Sherwin. “We have  been working extremely hard to ensure that students receive the best possible learning experience with us and leave with the  results they need to progress to university or employment.  Inspectors confirmed how very effective we are at that. The feedback from the inspection will help us to make even faster progress in becoming an outstanding college.”

Outcomes for learners and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment

The Inspection report commented favourably on the increased success rates in the College, the way that students acquire a sound grasp of fundamental theories and concepts, the wide range of enrichment activities which increase personal and social skills, enhance employment prospects and strengthen university applications, and the increased number of students gaining places at the more prestigious universities.

Effectiveness of leadership and management

The effectiveness of leadership and management is Good, with the Principal and Senior Management Team, together with the governing body, articulating an ambitious vision, a clear strategy and comprehensive plans to secure sustainable developments across all aspects of the college’s work. Teachers are benefiting from support from teaching and learning coaches, from active encouragement to try out new approaches including observing and learning from their peers, and from targeted staff development: this is providing a strong impetus to ensure that staff can develop further and share best practice.


christine sherwin“We are delighted with these positive comments,” says Christine (left). “The work we have carried out in developing our curriculum offer and improving teaching, learning and assessment , along with providing high quality pastoral care, has been  recognised by the inspection report, and we are confident that we are moving in the right direction.  We will continue with our aim to become an outstanding sixth-form college, taking on board the very useful recommendations of the inspection team.”

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