Our Ofsted Report

In November 2018, the College was inspected by Ofsted, where it was judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas.

Inspectors were impressed with the achievement rates of students, who develop good practical and vocational skills under the guidance of highly skilled teachers and leave the college to continue to higher education, employment, promotion, or training. The report highlights the College’s inclusive environment and the progress that students make, adding that ‘students benefit from highly effective pastoral guidance and support, which means that they remain on their course’.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare of students were also judged to be ‘Good’. The inspection report highlighted structured, meaningful work experience, and a comprehensive programme of guest speakers and enrichment activities, all of which contribute to the development of students’ skills for employment.

The inspection also included South & City Academy, which provides education to 14-16 year olds. The academy was praised for a broad and balanced curriculum, strong and productive relationships between staff and pupils, and for the progress that our pupils make in our safe environment.

For more information on our Ofsted performance, please visit the links below:

An in-depth review of our Ofsted performanceOur latest Ofsted report

A word from our Principal, Mike Hopkins, on our Ofsted success:

“We are delighted with the results of our latest inspection. It clearly demonstrates South & City College Birmingham’s commitment to our students. It also shows what incredible, dedicated and capable staff we have.

Anyone considering where to study only has to read our Ofsted report to see that, no matter who you are, this is the right choice for your further education. When you study at South & City College Birmingham, you will be supported, safe, and – above all else – you will achieve your qualifications. We are now beginning our journey from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.”

The College was also successful in its re-accreditation of the Matrix Award, a quality standard for establishments, after being assessed for our advice and support services. These help our young learners in their career selection, and provide guidance on learning, work, and life goals.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, schools and colleges have been given extra funding (called the ‘16 to 19 tuition fund’) to support our 16-19 year old students. The statement on how we are spending this allocation can be accessed here:

16-19 tuition fund statement