At the start of November, nine inspectors visited Moulton College to measure key indicators including the quality of education, leadership and management, personal development and behaviours and attitudes.
The final report, released by Ofsted at the end of the week-long inspection concluded the college’s new status as ‘Good’.
This comes after the college, which was ‘Outstanding’ in 2008, received Grade Four ‘Inadequate’ in 2018 and 2019, meaning it was failing to provide an acceptable quality of education and care. A report by the FE Commissioner in 2018 also placed the college into financial intervention, so the new Good status is a triumph for the college’s leadership team.
Corrie Harris, Principal and CEO, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this result, and all credit goes to our staff and students for this achievement. We have made significant changes at the college during the last couple of years and we have gone from strength to strength. It is wonderful that Moulton College has finally received the recognition it deserves, following a challenging few years.”
This latest rating stands the college in good stead to move forward with its investment plans and application to reinstate apprenticeships, something it has been keen to do for a long time. Corrie Harris, who credits the improvement to having the right culture, procedures and staff training, is determined that the hard work should continue. Corrie is keen to achieve an outstanding rating at the next inspection in five years’ time.
She said: “We have our foot firmly on the pedal and we are hopeful that we can improve further. We are looking to deliver apprenticeships in construction because there is a huge need, and in land-based sectors because locally there are no other providers who can offer these for young people and employers.”
The college has restructured its curriculum, which inspectors said contributed to the improvement in the quality of education, and staff use labour market intelligence to identify gaps in the labour market.
Moulton College is this year celebrating its 100th birthday, so the news comes at a poignant time in its history.
Corrie added: “It has been a fantastic centenary year, celebrating 100 years of teaching and culminating in a great Ofsted result. We are exceptionally proud of our students and their achievements. It really is a great time to be at Moulton College.”
The full report can be viewed at www.gov.uk
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