John Leggott College in Scunthorpe requires improvements Ofsted has said
John Leggott College has been told it requires improvements by Ofsted.
However, the report highlights improvements by the college that was labelled "inadequate" by Ofsted inspectors back in December 2011.
The College's management team has received praise for improvements made in the last year.
Principal David Vasse said he is delighted that staff have been recognised for their efforts to bring about transformational change and is unrelenting in his plans to get John Leggott College recognised as an outstanding provider within two years.
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He said: "John Leggott College remains an excellent college with a strong reputation for preparing students for progression to university and employment and the report details the positive feedback received from our students.
"We recognise that we have not yet been able to fully demonstrate the impact of changes made, but we are confident this will become clear in our August 2013 exam results.
"However, feedback from students is very positive and modular exam results paint a very positive picture.
"The performance tables published by the Department of Education earlier this year confirmed what we have known all along: success rates at John Leggott College are rising and we are making a positive impact on young people's lives so they can progress to university, employment or training.
"Our students are more successful than they were three years ago and it is testimony to the commitment they show to their studies and the positive changes being implemented by colleagues across the College."
The report praises the decisive action being taken by the governors, Principal and senior leadership team at the College to improve success rates, involve students in decision making and enhance the student experience.
Overall, John Leggott College was judged as a 'Grade 3' sixth form college overall – this has recently been named 'requires improvement' but prior to 2012 was classified 'satisfactory' - with leadership and management judged as 'Grade 2' - good.
The report praises the teaching and learning in the visual arts subject area, which will be expanding its course offerings in September.
Students will be able to study on a Level 4 Foundation Course in Art and Design – an essential stepping stone between A Levels and degrees in visual arts which has not previously been made available at John Leggott College.
"The report highlights that some really effective initiatives taking place both inside and outside of the classroom – from the use of IT to enliven lessons, availability of study support sessions and communication with elected student representatives," Mr Vasse added.
"Ofsted has clearly signalled that we need to improve the consistency of good practice across the College.
"We are already implementing strategies to address this concern and the report acknowledges these appear to be having an early positive impact.
"Inspectors also commended the study of the local labour market to inform curriculum planning and more rigorous quality assurance arrangements which have improved the quality of teaching and learning.
"This is a better result than I anticipated from this inspection as I am encouraged by the judgement that the College's Leadership and Management is at grade 2 – good," added Mr Vasse.
"No other sixth form college in the country, under this new Inspection Framework, has improved in Leadership and Management by 2 grades in such a short period of time – it demonstrates the inspectors' views that the college has the capacity to improve."
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