College judged ‘inadequate’ by inspectors

Business for Calderdale event at The Maltings College, Wheatley, Halifax.
Business for Calderdale event at The Maltings College, Wheatley, Halifax.

A damning report by education watchdog Ofsted has highlighted as series of failings at The Maltings College, Wheatley.

The report, which draws its conclusions from an inspection of the college in January, rates the school as ‘inadequate’ - the lowest rating given by Ofsted.

The journey we have been on has not been the smoothest since we opened our doors and we acknowledge that there are areas in which we need to improve.

Inspectors found that students don’t make enough progress in English and Maths, and this is blamed on a shortage of teaching staff.

They also found that student attendance was poor, and that measures to reduce poor attendance had not worked.

There were criticisms too that not enough students completed their courses, leading to low success rates on hairdressing and beauty therapy, horticulture and motor vehicle courses.

Poor careers guidance and lack of suitable job placements were also highlighted.

Julian Dowson, Principal of The Maltings College, said “The journey we have been on has not been the smoothest since we opened our doors and we acknowledge that there are areas in which we need to improve. We are confident that we have already made huge strides to do so.

“I am pleased that our 14-16 provision was judged as ‘Good’ and that the college is seen as a welcoming and friendly place where a strong culture of mutual respect is promoted.

“We look forward to our next Ofsted visit when the benefits of all the changes made and the impact they have had will be undoubtedly recognised.”

The Maltings College opened its doors in 2013 as a 6th Form Academy as a free school which was part of the Inspire Learning Trust.

The Principal Designate left prior to the 2013 opening closely followed by the Executive Head in 2014, and since August 2014 the college has been without support from the Inspire Learning Trust.