Scunthorpe John Leggott College will score well with Ofsted, principal believes
THE principal of John Leggott College is confident Ofsted will see improvements during its next visit, a year after the college was labelled "inadequate" by inspectors.
In December 2011 the Scunthorpe college was told it had "failed to meet the needs of some students" and was criticised for being "slow to address the issues".
Now, 12 months on, Ofsted inspectors are due to return to see what progress the college has made.
And principal David Vasse is confident that there will be no repeat of last year's shock report, having worked hard with students and staff to turn things around.
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He said:"It won't be the same report as last time. We are talking about a situation now where we are at or above the national average for success rates.
"We will be telling Ofsted how we plan to continue in the future as well. I am not suggesting that we are as good as we will be, and it is important that Ofsted gets a sense that we have not finished improving.
"When Ofsted came for the monitoring visit, in May this year, we did not have our most recent set of results.
"We saw in summer the greatest leap forward in success rates I've ever experienced in further education results. Success rates are the number of students staying on their course and achieving a pass grade. In all courses at Level 3, AS level, A level and BTEC national, we are at or above the national average.
"We are hoping that Ofsted come back soon because we want them in the college as soon as possible. We want to demonstrate all of our good work to them."
Inspectors are due to return at some point before the end of February to see if the college has improved.
During the monitoring visit, in May, Ofsted noted significant progress in developing a more rigorous approach to self-assessment and reasonable progress across all areas.
Mr Vasse plans for the college to be "outstanding" in the next two years, but accepts that the road to recovery is a difficult and lengthy process.
He said: "They know we are a college that is taking the situation seriously. The staff are working incredibly hard. We have greater accuracy in our self-assessment and are en route to being 'good' in the next 12 months and 'outstanding' in the next 24 months.
"I've done it before with colleges: why can't I do it with John Leggott? We have to be realistic, one of the things 'outstanding' colleges demonstrate is sustained high performance over a period of time. We are more than on track and have exceeded our targets for student performance last term.
"This Ofsted visit will give us the opportunity to show that we are recovering from a difficult situation."