College stars in Ofsted report for good practice

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 January 2015

Weston College University Campus.

Weston College University Campus.

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WESTON College has been highlighted nationally for its good practice in the most recent Ofsted annual report.

The college earned Ofsted’s top rating – outstanding – after a week-long inspection in December 2013, making it officially one of the top colleges in the country.

The annual report, launched by Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, highlights Weston’s good practice in vocational provision and for the quality of its apprenticeships.

The report says apprenticeships nationwide are ‘still not good enough’ but makes an exception for Weston, which is the only UK college highlighted as an example of good practice.

The report says: “Employers worked closely with the college to ensure apprentices were given challenging work to help them to develop their skills.”

In terms of vocational provision, the report says: “Weston College has developed very successful projects planned to meet national and local priorities.

“For example, in conjunction with the Learning Enterprise Partnership, managers have helped create and enable a successful enterprise zone, junction 21, and with the local authority, a centre of excellence for learners with autism.

“Managers have developed the construction curriculum, and the Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence has expanded greatly to meet local demand for well-skilled construction workers.”

College principal Dr Paul Phillips said: “I’m delighted Ofsted has recognised that we are bucking the national trend in terms of the quality of our apprenticeship provision.

“Weston is the only college singled out twice in the new Ofsted report for its good practice. This recognises and reinforces what we are striving to do here every day; provide the very best for our students.

“We work very closely with employers to ensure our curriculum responds well to the needs identified locally, regionally and nationally, so we equip our students with the skills that employers want.”

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