Calderdale College rated ‘Good’ by inspectors

Calderdale College Ofsted. Student represent a selection of courses at the college.
Calderdale College Ofsted. Student represent a selection of courses at the college.

Calderdale College has been praised for equipping students with the skills needed to secure employment after it was judged ‘Good’ by national inspection body Ofsted.

The college was graded ‘Good’ across the board for all of the key aspects of the inspection, and has been praised for its outstanding success rates on foundation and intermediate level courses which is significantly higher than the national average.

However, inspectors noted the success rates on advanced-level college courses is too low and although overall grades have improved over the past few years, the number of students achieving top grades is below the national average.

Inspectors highlighted the college’s outstanding apprenticeship schemes, but voiced criticism for the administration and business management, which inspectors say requires improvement.

Chris Jones, Principal at Calderdale College said: “I am delighted that the continued progress of the college and the hard work of students, staff and governors have been recognised by Ofsted. A number of aspects of college provision have been described as ‘Outstanding’.

“It is particularly pleasing that the outcomes of our apprenticeships have been judged to be ‘Outstanding’, and that inspectors recognised the progress made by students in developing practical, social and enterprise skills needed for employment.

“We remain ambitious to improve further.

“The report confirmed that we are taking the appropriate actions to address the few areas for improvement identified by the inspectors.”

Stuart Smith, director of Children and Young People’s Services at Calderdale Council, said: “Calderdale College plays a vital role in providing local people of all ages with access to an extensive selection of high quality education and training opportunities.

“As Calderdale’s largest provider of post-16 courses and apprenticeships and the sole provider of higher education, the borough is proud of the college’s success and contribution it makes to the local economy.

“I am delighted the college has been recognised and praised for the good work it does in enabling students to acquire the skills they need for work, and for the support its provides to students with additional needs.”