The College of West Anglia (CWA) has been rated as a ‘good’ college by Ofsted, the government’s inspection body for schools and colleges.
A team of Ofsted inspectors visited the college in January 2013 under the new short notice arrangements and spent a week looking in detail at teaching, learning and management before giving a resounding endorsement with ‘good’ grades in all areas inspected.
The new Ofsted inspection framework, which came into effect in September 2012, makes it more difficult than ever to obtain high grades and CWA is one of only a handful of general further education colleges to have succeeded in gaining a ‘good’ grade.
The inspection report, published by Ofsted on 22 February, graded the college as ‘good’ in the four main categories: overall effectiveness; outcomes for learners; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; effectiveness of leadership and management.
Inspectors also graded as ‘good’ the individual curriculum areas inspected: health, social care & early years; science and maths; engineering & motor vehicle (including apprencticeships); sport and public services; visual arts; English for speakers of other languages.
Areas highlighted by inspectors for particular praise included: There have been marked improvements in the quality of teaching and learning and success rate performance alongside vital improvements to accommodation at all campuses.
The proportion of learners who successfully gain qualifications has increased notably
over the last three years and was high in 2011-12. Pass rates across all ages and levels of study is high.
A very high proportion of learners, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, progress successfully to a higher level of study, employment or training on completing their course.
The college is engaged in excellent partnership work with schools, local authorities and employers and contributes very productively to local and regional strategic groups and economic development agencies.
Principal David Pomfret was delighted with the inspection outcome: “I am delighted with this endorsement of what we do here at CWA; this was a very thorough inspection and out of 30 areas graded by Ofsted, none have been rated less than good. The clear judgement that students’ success and progress is good is a reflection of a professional and dedicated staff team. Following a major accommodation improvement programme, CWA students can look
forward to a very bright future.”