Staff and students at South and City College Birmingham and at Bournville College are celebrating after receiving ‘Good’ Ofsted grade across all areas, just fifteen months after the merger. The college, with campuses in six locations across the city, is now judged to be the best further education college in Birmingham.
The Ofsted report follows a successful inspection which took place in November 2018, where inspectors observed lessons, met with staff, students, governors, employers and key stakeholders. All aspects of the College were graded as ‘Good’, including the new 14-16 vocational academy situated at Bournville College.
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 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, a comprehensive programme of guest speakers and enrichment activities, all of which contribute the development of students’ skills for employment.
The inspection also included the newly established Bournville College vocational academy for 14-16 year old students. The academy was praised for a broad and balanced curriculum, strong and productive relationships between staff and pupils and for the progress pupils make in a safe environment.
Principal, Mike Hopkins, commented: ‘Coming so soon after the merger with Bournville College, we are delighted with the inspection outcome is so good and shows very clearly that the college is totally focused on our students. It also shows what incredible, dedicated and capable staff we have. Anyone considering where to study only has to read the Ofsted report to see that no matter who you are, this is the college where you will be supported, be safe and above all else will achieve your qualifications. We are now beginning our journey from Good to Outstanding.’
Each year, South and City College Birmingham supports the education and training of over 22,000 individuals. For further information on how the College can help you, visit www.sccb.ac.uk.