Northbrook College celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted report

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NORTHBROOK College has been rated ‘good’ by the education watchdog Ofsted.

A learning and skills inspection was carried out between October 14 and 18, and the college was upgraded from the “satisfactory” rating it received in July last year.

The report said: “The number of students achieving their qualifications improved rapidly in each of the last three years and is now high, well above the average for similar colleges.

“Students in some curriculum areas achieve particularly well, most notably in health and social care, hair and beauty, performing arts and art and design.

“The number of apprentices has increased substantially and the large majority of these complete their training successfully and on time.

“Staff at all levels have been highly effective in securing rapid improvements in students’ achievement. Outcomes are now good and are still rising.

“Outstanding learning support ensures that students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities achieve particularly well.”

The college was rated in the outstanding category for performing arts and early years and apprentices programmes as well as the effectiveness of leadership and management.

Principal Sue Dare said: “We are thrilled that Ofsted recognised the outstanding quality of teaching and learning at Northbrook as well as the large number of students who progress into higher education.

“This is a fantastic result for students, parents and employers in the Worthing area. For our staff, the recognition of outstanding leadership at all levels of the college is a testament to their hard work in supporting every student to achieve to their full potential.”

To improve further, qualifications in English and mathematics must progress from satisfactory and teachers must plan lessons that address the needs of all students and challenge them to fulfil their potential, regardless of their ability.

It was deemed that managers do not know the destinations of enough students leaving the college to evaluate how well courses and training have supported ambitions for progressing to university, further education, employment or training.