Wiltshire College
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Ofsted 2015

In June 2015, Wiltshire College was inspected by Ofsted and rated as a GOOD college. Principal Amanda Burnside commented, “The report findings are reflective of a truly collective effort by staff across the college to put students first and to raise ambitions and achievements. It is a great outcome for students, staff and the county and provides a sound platform to take the college to the next level, continuing our work towards Outstanding.”

Read the key findings from the Ofsted report below…

Ofsted 2015

Why is Wiltshire College Good?

“As a result of the engaging lessons and good resources, students produce work of a high standard; lecturers closely monitor students’ progress in lessons and assess their work well.”

“Managers ensure that vulnerable students and those in need of additional support are looked after well; the promotion of safeguarding is excellent; managers have successfully introduced provision for students with high levels of need.”

“Apprenticeship training focuses on local priorities for employment and staff work closely with employers to ensure apprentices are well supported to make rapid progress.” Outcomes are good.

“Students develop good personal skills; they are able to identify how they need to improve, and reflect well during tutorials on the progress they have made in developing these skills.”

Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

“Teaching, learning and assessment is good as a result of the relentless focus by managers and staff on tackling the areas for improvement.”

“Students enthusiastically participate in learning and make rapid progress in improving their vocational skills. Their confidence also rapidly improves and this enables them to tackle increasingly complex tasks, which are often above the minimum levels required for the qualification.”

“Students and apprentices benefit from well-equipped workshops in which they develop good, industry-standard skills. Students use high standards of agricultural machinery to work on complex tasks, such as assembling agricultural implements for a local dealership, and develop leadership skills by acting as team leaders.”

“Staff carry out a thorough initial assessment which accurately identifies students’ skills and knowledge, including any additional learning needs, when learners start their course.”

“Ongoing high quality advice is available through the ‘student life’ team which works closely with lecturers and trainers to identify students in need of advice.”

“Students and apprentices enjoy attending a college in which they feel safe and which successfully adapts its provision and services for learners in need of support or specific adjustments. They benefit from good pastoral support provided by a well-coordinated network of support staff including tutors, learning mentors and careers staff. Additional learning support for students with high levels of need, and for the majority of those with moderate learning disabilities, is very good.”

“Regular group tutorials include themes that broaden students’ awareness of local and national issues of importance. Tutorials regularly include topics concerning equality and diversity; as a result students’ understanding of these improves. Staff take their responsibilities to promote respect and tolerance seriously and organise effective enrichment activities, such as a ‘Respect’ campaign.”

“Lecturers and trainers are highly qualified and plan and deliver lessons well to meet individual and group learning needs.”

Leadership and Management

“Senior leaders have worked tirelessly to ensure students’ experiences of attending the four college sites are consistently high. Managers have achieved much in a short space of time, rightly focusing on those aspects of teaching, learning and assessment that have the most impact on students’ successful completion of their qualifications. Senior managers have instilled a new spirit of pride and ambition for the college to be successful. Managers and staff work together very effectively as one college and are extremely positive about the consequent changes to the ethos and cohesion of the college.”

“Senior leaders have invested wisely in improving teaching and learning and ensuring lecturers recognise fully the characteristics of good classroom practice. Support for lecturers is prompt and empathetic, giving them the confidence to try out new approaches to their teaching.”

“The management of work-based learning is good. Managers monitor the performance of apprentices assiduously so that students complete their apprenticeship in a timely manner.”

“The college is inclusive in its approach to students with specific, moderate and severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It is recognised as the preferred partner for referrals by a number of special schools and Wiltshire Council.”

“The management of safeguarding is excellent. Nominated safeguarding staff are very knowledgeable and experienced and have worked together for a long time, resulting in a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.”

Records of safeguarding investigations are comprehensive. The focus on preventing child sexual exploitation is particularly strong. The safeguarding team has been very proactive in raising the awareness of both students and staff of different forms of radicalisation and extremism that are appropriate to the college’s location amidst a rural community.”

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