Residential Provision at North Shropshire College Recognised as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Residential Provision at North Shropshire College2

Caradoc Halls of Residence at Walford Campus

Residential accommodation at the Walford Campus of North Shropshire College (NSC) has recently been inspected by Ofsted and has been awarded with a full grade two, ‘Good’ outcome.

Judgement areas included; overall experiences and progress of young people, how well young people are helped and protected and the effectiveness of leaders and managers. The college scored ‘good’ for all areas.

The report highlights many positive aspects, one quote is as follows, ‘A key strength of the service is the residential managers and staff team. Its members are passionate, driven and always influenced by the learner’s voice. They are excellent role models to learners, and their relationships positively influence the ethos and values of the residential provision.’

Sara Shelston is Assistant Principal for Quality and Student Services says, ‘We are very pleased with the outcome, the Ofsted report formalises the great experiences,  education and services our learners receive as well as validating all the hard work of the residential team and managers’.

Living on campus can be a huge life changing experience for some of the students. The residential team work hard to fully support students with all aspects of the College life whilst at Walford Campus. The report goes on to recognise, ‘Residential learners achieve good education outcomes, they are higher than for day learners. This is supported by the residential staff team that has high aspirations and expectations of them.’

Residential Provision at North Shropshire College

Sara Shelston, Assistant Principal at NSC

One of the most important aspects of living on campus for students, staff and the peace of mind of parents/guardians is that of safety and robust safeguarding practices. The report highlighted, ‘The senior management team ensures that safeguarding procedures are established and reviewed. Residential learners are further safeguarded by recruitment and appointment procedures and a single central register that are fully compliant with the expectation of the national minimum standards and requirements of ‘Keeping children safe in education 2016’ (KCSIE).’

Bev Jackson, Student Services Manager comments, ‘We are thrilled that Ofsted recognise the fantastic work of the Residential Team and have seen first hand the positive impact on students achievement.’

Applications are open now for residential places for September 2017. For students wishing to find out more, they can do so via the College website at or by calling 01939 262 126 or email Mel Wornell, Accommodation and Welfare Manager on

Applications for courses starting in September 2017 are still open, those interested, can call the Admissions Team on 01691 688080 or apply on-line via the website at

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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