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Report praises excellent care and support of students

OFSTED inspectors have praised staff and students at the City of Stoke-on-Trent College for creating a supportive learning community which ‘makes a substantial difference to the lives of students of all ages’.

Their most recent report released on Friday (May 29th) has given a glowing endorsement to the college’s efforts to ensure all students make good progress at both GCSE and A-Level, as well as develop the necessary skills needed for the workplace.

College Principal Paul Mangnall, said he was “very pleased” with the Good grading awarded by the inspectors, which recognised “what the college is about and our great community of students and staff”.

He added: “The number of times the word ‘excellent’ ‘strong’ and ‘good’ appear in our report is wonderful, from the excellent care and support for our students, to excellent use of information and learning technology and good teaching, learning and assessment.

“Their report also recognises the diverse community we have in the city and some of the crucial challenges we face, with a large proportion of our population holding no qualifications at all.

“Our college is a microcosm of the city, but put young people in an environment which offers support, care and guidance and 96% of our students go on to progress to a positive outcome, whether that’s university, training or a job.

“As important to me, is that the report recognises that we produce good citizens – young people who are resourceful and respectful towards each other and my staff – with a passion for learning for life.”

Key points from the inspectors:

  • The proportion of students successfully achieving GCSE Grade C or better in English is high.
  • The well planned curriculum is highly responsive to the needs of students, the community and regional priorities of the local enterprise partnership.
  • The proportion of Level 3 students progressing to higher education has increased over the past three years and is above the national trend.
  • Senior managers and staff have developed a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement.
  • Students with learning difficulties, particularly the large cohort of dyslexic students, perform very well. This is as a result of successful support by staff and the careful monitoring of performance by managers.
  • The care and support of students is excellent. Students often identify this as the most positive aspect of their life at college.
  • The social cohesion within the college community is strong.
  • The college provides students with a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Strong practice exists in supporting children and students aged 14-16.
  • Good arrangements are in place to teach students about the dangers of radicalisation.

For more information about the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College call the college direct on 01782 848736 or log on to www.stokesfc.ac.uk.

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