Calderdale College Delivers Outstanding Success

Calderdale College has been praised for equipping students with the skills needed to secure employment after it was judged ‘Good’ by national inspection body Ofsted during an inspection which took place between 10th to 14th March 2014.

Calderdale College has retained its ‘Good’ status against the rigorous new inspection framework which was put in place in September 2012. The College was graded ‘Good’ across the board for all of the key aspects of the inspection; Outcomes for Students, the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management.

Inspectors commented on the ‘Outstanding’ success rates for most students aged 16-19 which are well above national average, as well as ‘Outstanding’ outcomes on apprenticeships. Calderdale College is currently in the top 15 percent of colleges in the country based on their student success rates. They are also in the top 10 percent of colleges in the country for 16-18 apprenticeship student success rates.

The College was praised for having “high expectations of students and apprentices, and promoting high standards of quality and performance,” and enabling students “to acquire skills they need for work”. In addition to this, the inspectors also commended the College for being “highly responsive” to the needs of employers, and for creating “a professional and purposeful atmosphere in which to learn”.

Chris Jones, Principal at Calderdale College said: “I am delighted that the continued progress of the College and the hard work of students, staff and governors have been recognised by Ofsted. A number of aspects of College provision have been described as ‘Outstanding’. It is particularly pleasing that the outcomes of our apprenticeships have been judged to be ‘Outstanding’, and that inspectors recognised the progress made by students in developing practical , social and enterprise skills needed for employment. We remain ambitious to improve further. The report confirmed that we are taking the appropriate actions to address the few areas for improvement identified by the inspectors. “

Stuart Smith, Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Calderdale Council, said: “Calderdale College plays a vital role in providing local people of all ages with access to an extensive selection of high quality education and training opportunities. As Calderdale’s largest provider of post 16 courses and apprenticeships and the sole provider of higher education, the borough is proud of the College’s success and contribution it makes to the local economy. I am delighted the College has been recognised and praised for the good work it does in enabling students to acquire the skills they need for work, and for the support its provides to students with additional needs.”

Lisa Meigh, Head of HR and Learning at Covéa Insurance, said: “It's great to see that OFSTED has recognised Calderdale College's strengths in helping source suitable employment for their students. We’ve been working with the College for the last three years and our very high retention levels are a testament to the efforts the College puts into ensuring the suitability and calibre of candidates for our apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships provide a great route into employment for young people and we’re continuing to develop and build on the success of our current programme as a core part of our recruitment strategy.”

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