Friday, February 21, 2014

News: Ofsted commends college’s "highly effective" student support

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Dearne Valley College in Rotherham is celebrating a glowing report from education watchdog, Ofsted, following a recent week-long inspection which has graded the College as an overall "2". For current and prospective students, this means that the college has been recognised as "Good" for its overall effectiveness and has improved from the previous "Satisfactory" report.

Alongside this, the college also achieved a grade "Good" in every area under inspection, whilst another great accolade was the report's endorsement of the college's ability to provide student support, commending it as "highly effective."

The result comes at a time when the college has announced its highest ever success and achievement rates, both of which are above the national average.

The inspection encompassed a wide range of aspects and Ofsted inspectors spoke with students, staff, parents and employers to gain a view of the impact that the College is having on all involved. Ofsted picked out factors such as success rates for 16- to 18-year-old students being high; that practical, vocational and employability skills are developed effectively and that employability skills are developed effectively with an increasing number of students completing work placements arranged by the college.

Martin Harrison, principal and chief executive of Dearne Valley College, said: "We are thrilled to announce that the College has been recognised as a grade 2 "Good" college by Ofsted. I am delighted that the report recognises the key milestones the college has achieved since our last inspection back in 2011. In particular, the inspection team have highlighted how beneficial the support we provide to our students is; it also gives credit to our teaching team and commends the application of their industry expertise.

"As a vocational college, we are passionate about providing our students with the skills they require to be successful in the world of work. The report pays tribute to the realistic work environments used in everyday teaching at the college alongside the English and Mathematics skills our student’s gain, which are so highly regarded by employers.

"The outcome of this inspection reflects what we already believe about Dearne Valley College; that the positive experiences of the students are leading to their success and achievement.

"The College will continue to work hard towards excellence in all that we do and continue to celebrate our vocational roots by offering high quality vocational education to students across the South Yorkshire region."

Established in 1976, Dearne Valley College has its main campus in Manvers and specialises in vocational training and apprenticeships.

Dearne Valley College website

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