College that meets needs

Graphics: Course leader in Foundation Diploma Art and Design Robin Smith with student Mahdis Esmaeilinikou and her t-shirt designs
Graphics: Course leader in Foundation Diploma Art and Design Robin Smith with student Mahdis Esmaeilinikou and her t-shirt designs
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AFTER years of struggle, Calderdale College has entered a new phase as a good education provider with some outstanding features, according to Ofsted.

It has a very strong emphasis on understanding and meeting the needs of the community and it provides a welcoming supportive environment for nearly 6,000 students.

“Outcomes for learners are good, with success rates, particularly for those at the foundation level increasing significantly.

“Outstanding leadership supports a culture of high expectations and ambition,” said Ofsted inspectors.

Three years ago, after having three principals in a matter of months, the college was rated as satisfactory with a good capacity to improve.

But two years ago it was said to be making insufficient progress in raising examination success rates.

These have improved significantly during the past year and are now broadly average, the college offers a comprehensive range of courses and teaching and learning are now good.

“The governors are highly effective, safeguarding is good, equality and diversity are promoted well and most groups of learners achieve as well as their peers.”

There are 1,893 students aged 16 - 18 and 4,993 adults, plus 200 14-16-year-olds undertaking vocational activities through school links.

“Partnerships with schools, the council and community organisations are outstanding and make a significant contribution to community cohesion and have enhanced the college’s reputation.”

The college is particularly good at improving the economic and social well-being of learners, teaching, training and assessment are good, as is care, guidance and support.

“Support for those with learning difficulties is outstanding, well organised, comprehensive and clearly focused on individual needs.

“The college provides good value for money and has a good capacity to improve further,” said Ofsted.

Principal Chris Jones said staff and students had every right to be proud.

“We will be pursuing the recommendations made by Ofsted, as everyone is ambitious to improve still further our services for learners and employers.”