Students and staff of York College are celebrating the result of their recent Ofsted inspection, which saw the college receive a rating of ‘good’.
York College & University Centre, which provides a vast provision of study options to more than 5,000 young people, adult learners and apprentices, was judged to be consistently ‘good’ against the criteria in the current Education Inspection Framework.
Ofsted inspectors said the college provides “high-quality education for learners and apprentices, despite the pandemic and new economic challenges”.
As a result of the tuition, students and apprentices make good progress in gaining and applying new knowledge and skills, the report says.
Students studying A Levels and other level three qualifications almost always get into their first choice of university and are well prepared for study at higher levels.
The report goes on to say that students with special educational needs benefit from a curriculum that focuses well on their personal development. The curriculum supports them well to develop positive relationships and promotes their physical and mental well-being.
The college’s partnership working is also highlighted by Ofsted. The report says that senior leaders play a leading role in local and regional forums, shaping the development of skills across York and North Yorkshire.
Lee Probert, chief executive and principal of York College & University Centre, said: “It’s really pleasing to read our most recent inspection report and to recognise both the huge number of positives, as well as the small number of things we need to focus on to continue to improve.
“It’s a long time since we were last inspected, and these outcomes reflect our own self-assessment of provision.
“Inspectors recognised our strong partnerships, the excellent progression for all our students and how we develop students’ wider personal skills.
Chair of governors Ian Looker said: “I welcome Ofsted’s report and their judgements on the College.
“In particular, it is reassuring that all the work the college does in seeking excellence for its students, providing a high-quality student experience and developing external partnerships has been recognised by the inspectors.
“I would like to thank all those involved in the college community who have contributed to this outcome.”