South Worcestershire College devastated by damning Ofsted report

GOVERNORS at a Worcestershire college say they are “devastated” by the verdict of a damning Ofsted report which deemed it inadequate.

Inspectors visited South Worcestershire College’s campuses in Malvern and Evesham at the end of October.

They criticised the college for the number of students who fail to achieve the qualification they signed up to and said too many were not sufficiently challenged to achieve their full potential.

Inspectors said governors, leaders and managers had made “slow progress” in improving students’ outcomes and in rectifying areas for improvement identified at the last inspection, when the college was rated satisfactory overall.

However, they praised the college for its “inclusive, welcoming and friendly” environment, where students feel very safe, its good work-based learning provision that enables apprentices to develop high level practical skills and to achieve well and its good pastoral support for students, particularly those who are vulnerable and with special educational needs.

In a statement, the college described the latest judgement as “a real disappointment” for all involved.

But it said it was pleased to see Ofsted recognised its strengths and that there had been improvements since the last inspection, although there are still many to be made.

Bryan McGinity, the chairman of governors, said: “We are all devastated. Everyone here has been working so hard to show Ofsted how well we support our learners to achieve and our success rates have been improving.

“Unfortunately, Ofsted judged that our progress had not been fast enough. But one key benefit of the inspection has been to refocus intently on our core role to our students and our communities.”

Meanwhile, the college performed well in a student feedback survey conducted by Ofsted.

Of the 290 learners who responded, 96 per cent said the course they had enrolled on met their needs, 93 per cent felt that we were preparing them for their next step of employment, university or another course and 95 per cent would recommend the college to a friend.

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8:01pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Hack says...

A year on and you failed.
"But it said it was pleased to see Ofsted recognised its strengths and that there had been improvements since the last inspection, although there are still many to be made."
Your hello and welcome was good. Do you not think the tutors are less than; are they delivering? Time to review their competence, do you not think? Heads falling?
A year on and you failed. "But it said it was pleased to see Ofsted recognised its strengths and that there had been improvements since the last inspection, although there are still many to be made." Your hello and welcome was good. Do you not think the tutors are less than; are they delivering? Time to review their competence, do you not think? Heads falling? Hack
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10:13pm Thu 6 Dec 12

sarah and her chickens says...

Refocus on your students and communities !!! someone had to tell you that .oh dear .
Mind you most of the community courses have been forced out to make way for hair and beauty and IT skills .So Malvern better watch out for some bad hair and makeup.
Refocus on your students and communities !!! someone had to tell you that .oh dear . Mind you most of the community courses have been forced out to make way for hair and beauty and IT skills .So Malvern better watch out for some bad hair and makeup. sarah and her chickens
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3:21pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Andy-Apache says...

I thought the college just did stuff like underwater basket weaving. Does Ofsted care about stuff like that?
I thought the college just did stuff like underwater basket weaving. Does Ofsted care about stuff like that? Andy-Apache
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12:30am Sun 9 Dec 12

sharon norfolk says...

Just wait till they get to Worcester College of Technology, it is worse there. My daughter attended their HND make-up course until this year, it was a mess, poor teaching, tutors did not know about subject, she was reading from a book and also she was a fine artist not a make-up artist. A number of students ended up complaining to a number sub Principals who promised to act, but they never did, instead they all passed, yet none of them believe they were taught enough to seek employment. My daughter is still in contact with students on course... still a mess and they seem to be down skilling the course to meet the skills of the tutor who has no background in teaching this subject. This course is now costing £5000 a year to attend... this is immoral and rings of ripping off students. Hang your heads in shame Worcester College of Technology... poor teaching seems to be everywhere judging by this article, come speak to my daughter OFSTED. Meeting the needs of industry my a**
Just wait till they get to Worcester College of Technology, it is worse there. My daughter attended their HND make-up course until this year, it was a mess, poor teaching, tutors did not know about subject, she was reading from a book and also she was a fine artist not a make-up artist. A number of students ended up complaining to a number sub Principals who promised to act, but they never did, instead they all passed, yet none of them believe they were taught enough to seek employment. My daughter is still in contact with students on course... still a mess and they seem to be down skilling the course to meet the skills of the tutor who has no background in teaching this subject. This course is now costing £5000 a year to attend... this is immoral and rings of ripping off students. Hang your heads in shame Worcester College of Technology... poor teaching seems to be everywhere judging by this article, come speak to my daughter OFSTED. Meeting the needs of industry my a** sharon norfolk
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