Kirklees College is celebrating after receiving excellent news from Ofsted.
Students, staff and governors are delighted that the college has been awarded a Grade 2 (Good) for the second time, after a visit by inspectors last month, and in recognition for the achievement and progress that learners make whilst studying at Kirklees College.
Inspectors said the college had maintained the good quality provision and outcomes achieved by students and apprentices.
They said that the broad vocational curriculum meets the needs of the local community, employers and students and that courses link well to employment opportunities. Ofsted Inspectors also confirmed that a high proportion of students who complete their study programme progress to positive destinations.
They acknowledged that, although the college had some financial difficulties, this had not had a negative impact on the quality of education and training or the range of programmes available and that leaders and governors remain focused on ensuring that the college provides a broad vocational curriculum that meets the needs of the local community, employers and students.
Principal, Marie Gilluley said: “We are really pleased that Ofsted has confirmed the broad vocational and good quality provision that we offer at Kirklees College.
“Developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours that prepare students for progression and employment underpin all our programmes and it is very reassuring to have Ofsted acknowledging this.
“We are fortunate to have a very dedicated and knowledgeable team of staff who set high standards and aspirations for students and support them to progress and achieve their full potential, and I would like to thank them.”
Some key points highlighted by inspectors included:
- Adult Learning provision offers good opportunities for students to gain the skills they need for employment and to make contributions to their families and wider communities.
- Significant increase in students on 16-19 study programmes undertaking meaningful work experience.
- Most students on study programmes make the expected level of progress – and often better than expected – in vocational subjects.
- High quality careers advice and guidance and a wide range of guest speakers and employer visits form part of a students’ enrichment programme.
- Going forward, inspectors recommended that the college maintained its strong focus on high quality provision leading to positive outcomes and builds on its success in increasing work placements across all study programmes.