KGV College has received another poor Ofsted report
KGV’s latest report concluded that the college’s overall effectiveness ‘requires improvement’ and found weaknesses in five out of six areas. The inspectors found that ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ ‘quality of teaching, learning and assessment’ ‘outcomes for learners’ and ’16 to 19 study programmes’ all required improvement.
In November Ofsted announced that the falling student numbers questioned the future viability of the college. The college was rated “inadequate” by Ofsted in November 2014. It has since had four re-inspections, the most recent in September.
Principal Adele Wills said:
“The college continues on its journey back to outstanding. Following last year’s Grade 4, this is a step in the right direction and demonstrates the changes we’ve made in the past year have had a positive impact.
“It reflects our continuing trend of improvement, further developing the feedback from our monitoring visits, endorses all the actions we have taken and recognises our high aspirations and ambitions for the future.
“I’m confident we now have all the building blocks in place – the right people, strategy and procedures – to help us continue on our journey back to outstanding.”
The college was judged against a new common inspection framework which was introduced in September 2015 and is a much more rigorous measure of quality and outcomes. Its findings show that the college has made significant improvements and that leaders and managers have taken swift and decisive action to bring about change.
Julian McInerney, Chair of Governors, endorsed Adele’s words. He said:
“The college has seen fundamental change at all levels of the organisation and these changes are now bearing fruit. It has not been an easy time, but this work has been essential to help us move forward.
“Ofsted has recognised all that we’ve done. The new inspection regime is tough and we’ve seen many other colleges and schools downgraded. To show such improvement against this framework is a real accolade.
“As a governing body, we’re pleased with this outcome as it shows just how far we have travelled, but there is still more to do to return the college to its rightful place as one of the best colleges in the region.”
Students at the college celebrated excellent results in the summer with a 99% A Level pass rate and an impressive 80% of all A Level grades awarded were at A* to C grade. Students enrolled on BTEC courses, which are a growth area for the college, once again received a 100% pass rate.
Additionally 77% of the students progressed to university and just over a third of those destinations were to the most prestigious universities in the UK including Oxford and Cambridge.
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