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Ofsted Report April 2013


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Dudley College praised by Ofsted

The Ofsted inspection report, published on 9th April 2013, finds that all areas of the college are ‘Good’ or better noting the college’s many outstanding features. Inspectors particularly praised the college for its ‘very high’ success rates, ‘outstanding’ accommodation and resources across the new Learning Quarter and the ‘inclusive and harmonious environment’ in which students study. The college’s Visual Arts provision area was awarded the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’.

Students Celebrate Good Ofsted Report

The report’s main findings highlight high levels of student success, excellent teaching and support available to students and the positive impact the college’s accommodation and resources have on learners. The summary of key findings included the following statements:

  • Standards have improved since the last inspection and are now above average on courses for all learners.
  • Apprentices achieve very high success rates.
  • Learners develop good specialist skills which support their high rates of progression into employment and more advanced studies.
  • The college is an inclusive and harmonious environment and provides outstanding accommodation and resources to support learning.
  • Learners benefit from consistently good teaching, learning and assessment, which combined with excellent guidance and support, enables them to make good progress.
  • The successful development of the Dudley Learning Quarter has improved the quality of provision for learners.
  • Partnership work is outstanding. The college works productively with employers and other education organisations to provide a broad and appropriate curriculum which matches local and regional needs.

The new inspection framework focuses on what impact colleges have on learners. Inspectors now look for evidence of how well local and national skills needs are being met, how successful learners are and also takes into account the progression of learners into employment and higher level qualifications.

Read the full Dudley College Ofsted report.