Ofsted report is good news for residential students

WCG has just been awarded a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted for all aspects of its residential provision for under 18 year olds.

In November 2016 inspectors visited the college group’s accommodation at Royal Leamington Spa, Moreton Morrell and Pershore Colleges as well as visiting host families who provide homestay accommodation. The purpose of the inspection was to assure children and young people, parents, the public, local authorities and government of the quality and standard of the service provided.

Inspectors used group and individual interviews, telephone calls and online questionnaires to gather the views of learners and employers. They said that:

  • Residential students enjoy the college experience and have positive relationships with staff and host families
  • Residential staff have an excellent knowledge and understanding of residential students’ individual needs and vulnerabilities
  • Residential students make notable and sustained progress. Young people benefit emotionally, socially and educationally from their residential and host-family experiences
  • Residential staff promote practice and information that help residential students make informed decisions that ensure their safety and well-being
  • Residential staff have good knowledge and understanding of residential students’ unique vulnerabilities and the impact that these have on their needs and behaviours
  • Partnership working between college staff and host families ensures that residential students benefit from good-quality integrated programmes of care, support and education
  • The board of governors, senior management team and staff continue to raise safety standards throughout the college, implementing security measures which are robust and have been welcomed by residential students.

Helen Kinghorn, Group Vice Principal for Teaching, Learning and Quality at WCG said, “We are delighted with the outcome of this Ofsted inspection of our student accommodation. The report  highlighted a range of good practice including safeguarding, which is vital to ensure our students are safe and secure while at college.

“Ofsted also recognised the support for students provided by our college staff and saw that the residential service enables students to develop a range of skills which prepare them for their next steps into further study or employment.

“As we offer many specialist courses, our accommodation is vital for allowing students who live in other parts of the country to study with us, so it was also encouraging to hear the good feedback from the students themselves, who feel supported and involved during their time at college.

“I’d like to thank all of our staff at Leamington, Moreton Morrell and Pershore Colleges who help support our residential students and make their experience such a positive one.”

Angela Joyce, Group Principal and CEO of WCG said, “Over 700 students live in our accommodation or with families in homestay, so we take our duty of care very seriously. This inspection has shown that our staff are providing a safe and supportive ‘home away from home’ for our students where they can thrive and enjoy their time at college, as well as study for their qualifications.

“We are currently expanding our accommodation provision at Royal Leamington Spa College, with our new halls due to open later this year. This will enable more students from home and abroad to study with us and enjoy the full campus experience.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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