Newbury College has kept hold of its ‘good’ rating following its most recent Ofsted report, with inspectors praising the improved attendance figures and quality of teaching.
A short inspection was carried out on May 23 and 24, the results of which were published last week.
In the report inspectors noted that college leaders had “improved the quality of provision”, and that more students were now completing their courses.
Student behaviour was said to be excellent, while attendance in English and maths lessons has risen sharply during the past year.
Anne Murdoch, principal and chief executive of Newbury College, said: “We are delighted that the report recognises that achievements for adult students at all levels are excellent.
“The report is especially positive about the relationships the college has with local employers and partners, and comments on how this greatly enhances students’ preparedness for their future careers.
“I’d like to thank the staff for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the continued rise in standards.”
The college, in Monks Lane, is West Berkshire’s only further education college, and retained the ‘good’ rating it got during its previous inspection in 2015.
Ofsted inspector Richard Beynon wrote in the latest report: “In the two years since [the] previous inspection, leaders have improved the quality of provision. More students now complete their courses, and attendance has improved.
“Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of provision. They visit the college often and they are enthusiastic in their contacts with students and teachers.”
To move up to ‘outstanding’ status, the college has been tasked with trying to improve results in level two study programmes, and to continue work in improving attendances.