We are delighted to announce that we have retained our ‘Good’ rating following a recent inspection by Ofsted.
During the four-day enhanced inspection in December, inspectors saw a wide range of the College’s provision across both sites as well as meeting with students, staff, employers and key partners of the College.
Eleven members of Ofsted’s inspection team assessed eight categories, including the quality of education, leadership and management, and apprenticeships. All eight were rated as ‘Good’, and Ofsted remarked approvingly on how safe learners feel in college, online and at work as well as how ambitious leaders and teachers are for their learners and apprentices, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Ofsted report goes on to highlight many other areas of strength including how “learners benefit from a calm and studious environment in which they learn well”. It reports that “learners and apprentices work hard at their studies and demonstrate consistently the behaviours expected for study and employment”.
Brooklands College is a leading provider of professional and technical education in the region, including recently introduced T Levels, and we pride ourselves on the holistic experience we provide to over 2200 students a year, including 800 adults and 240 apprentices. Ofsted noted that “learners and apprentices develop their confidence and character thoughtfully” and “benefit from access to useful support about mental health and opportunities for worthwhile work experience with employers within the local community”.
Commenting on the College’s leadership the report highlights on how programmes for adults clearly align with local, regional and national skills needs. It goes on to comment on how leaders work with the College’s governing body, saying: “Leaders work closely with skilled and experienced governors to provide effective oversight”.
Remarking on the outcome, our Principal and CEO, Christine Ricketts, said this week:
“I am thrilled that we have retained our ‘Good’ rating and would like to thank staff, students, governors and employers that were part of the inspection.”
“Brooklands College is at the heart of the local community and we are delighted that the inspectors have recognised the way in which we meet local, regional and national skills needs and provide clear pathways into employment for all our students, including those with high needs.”
“We have a unique heritage, great partnerships and are confident of a bright and sustainable future for the College, our students and all those who work with us.”