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Croydon College’s staff, students and governors are thrilled to have received yet another ‘Good’ grade by Ofsted inspectors. The Government’s education watchdog praised Croydon College’s continuing success in improving ‘the lives and life chances of students” following the recent inspection in January 2018.

The inspectors were very impressed by what they saw at the college and said that “Students’ behaviour in lessons, workshops and around the college is exemplary”. They also said that “students benefit greatly from the extra help and care they receive from staff at the college.”

The College has taken ‘effective action to maintain the strengths,’ that were identified at the last inspection in May 2014, says the report, which covered everything from the curriculum and how the College is led and managed, to its student support and work with its community and employers. It noted that ‘the promotion of equality and support for diversity are outstanding’.

The College’s teaching, learning and assessment were highly commended, including the ‘well-conceived strategy to improve students’ reading as a skill required for all subjects. A high proportion of students now read for pleasure,’ say the Ofsted inspectors.

Croydon College offers many practical and professional qualifications and the inspectors highlighted the very good support that students receive towards progression, commenting that ‘students benefit from high-quality careers advice and guidance throughout their time at college.’ Inspectors said that staff are very good at meeting students’ needs “so that they choose the most appropriate programme to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to pursue their chosen career.’​

Principal and CEO, Frances Wadsworth said: “This very positive report highlights the many ways in which we have improved students’ life chances, noting higher achievement, partnerships that give students greater experience, such as volunteering and  work placements and  increased progression to employment. I am proud that the quality of the overall learning experience and the positive character and behaviour of our students was recognised. However  I am  keenly aware that any successful College only moves forward with the engagement and support of its staff – as well as students, governors, parents/ guardians, employers and local community – and I want to thank everyone who has played a part in this great journey of continuing improvement and success.”

Read the full Ofsted report here

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