Staff and students at a college in Rotherham are celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted inspectors.
The report on Thomas Rotherham College praised its overall effectiveness, as well as its results, teaching, learning and assessment, and leadership and management.
Inspectors pointed to good student progress – ‘better than expected based on their entry qualifications’, with all kinds of students succeeding equally well.
The report praised the way teachers use their expertise and subject knowledge, and the decisive and swift actions taken by managers.
It also discovered exemplary tracking and monitoring of students and found they were benefiting from highly effective and comprehensive support, including very good guidance for progression to university or employment.
Inspectors were also impressed by the way the extensive range of out-of-class activities and wider learning opportunities helped to prepare students for future study and work.
There was recognition for the college’s high expectations for students in terms of results and destinations, and the way increasing numbers of them were entering highly competitive universities.
The programme to enable students to win places on advanced and higher level apprenticeships was also commended.
Students’ behaviour was hailed as exemplary, in a safe and welcoming environment with an ethos of mutual respect and good promotion of equality and diversity.
Inspectors noted the college’s ambitious vision for the future and its aim of becoming outstanding within the next 18 months and felt its plans contained actions which provided a realistic foundation for its aspirations.