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Leeds City College Ofsted 2012

Ofsted 2012

Leeds City College is celebrating after receiving its latest Ofsted inspection report.

As a result of the assessment conducted in May 2012, Leeds City College has now been graded 2 (good) for ‘Overall Effectiveness of Provision’.

Student safeguarding, partnership working and the Engineering faculty were all graded 1 (outstanding), with Leadership & Management, Quality of Provision, and Equality & Diversity all graded 2 (good with some outstanding features).

Other notable curriculum areas include Health & Caring Services, Hospitality & Catering, and Adult Literacy, Numeracy, & ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), all given grade 2.

The inspection report draws attention to the College’s capacity to develop and improve, and notes:
The management of the [Leeds City College] mergers to establish a new and effective college has been extremely successful. A cohesive team has been created that is committed to bringing about further improvements in the learners’ experience.

Inspirational leadership from the Principal, together with senior leaders, has led to a shared commitment across the college to drive up standards for the learners. Leaders have successfully maintained strengths in the quality of provision.

Improving the learner experience is at the heart of all the college does and strategy is translated well into effective action in almost all areas of this large and complex organisation.

The report also noted that “support for the most vulnerable students and those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is exceptional [..] Arrangements to secure the safeguarding of learners are outstanding.” In the faculty of Engineering, “students acquire an excellent range of relevant skills that increase their job prospects.

Peter Roberts, Principal & Chief Executive of Leeds City College said:
We are delighted at the Ofsted result and the recognition of how far we have travelled as an organisation since the original Leeds City College merger in 2009. In spite of this, we do recognise the need to continue on our journey to becoming an exceptional college. In this regard the key element is to continually improve our teaching and learning.

The comments made in this Ofsted report confirm the hard work, attitude and commitment of staff and students in achieving high levels of success, and reflects the continued improvements in the College’s development in the last three years.