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- Senior leaders and managers, including governors, have an ambitious vision for the college; the curriculum closely aligns with local and regional employer and community needs and provides excellent vocational opportunities for students and apprentices.
- There are excellent and well-established partnerships with employers to create a broad range of opportunities, particularly in specialist engineering subjects, and these meet local and national needs very well.
- There is effective performance management of teachers’ results, and consistently high- quality and engaging learning sessions are enjoyed by students and apprentices.
- Governors use their expertise and skills effectively to secure the college’s financial health and to promote the highest aspirations and standards for students and staff.
- Teachers and assessors prepare students and apprentices for their next steps in education and training and almost all progress into further or higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.
- Senior leaders have very high expectations of all students regardless of their age, starting point or previous attainment. As a result, students and apprentices have an excellent attitude to work and study and take pride in their achievements.
- Students and apprentices make very good progress from their starting points, in achieving their qualifications, and in gaining excellent vocational and wider skills.
- The college’s modern and well-equipped centre of excellence in engineering, manufacturing and advanced skills training provides an excellent training environment that reflects the highest commercial standards.
- Students and apprentices develop good skills in English and mathematics but achievement in these subjects is not as high as it should be, especially for adults.