Ofsted praises Central Bedfordshire College for quality of teaching, employer links and student ‘harmony’ in latest inspection.

Staff and students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC) are once again celebrating the outcome of their recent Ofsted inspection at the beginning of March, which gave the College a resounding endorsement as a ‘Good’ college making it the only college in the area to have received a rating of ‘Good’ twice in a row.

The six strong inspection team visited the college with just two day’s notice and saw the College under normal operating conditions.

The report particularly highlighted the College’s strength of engagement with local employers and the important role it plays in meeting social and economic needs in the area stating: “Senior leaders and managers have forged very strong partnerships with employers and the local enterprise partnership, and use these links well to ensure that the curriculum meets local and regional needs.”

The report praised the quality of teaching, commenting on the high standards and the variety of activities employed by teachers that foster achievement. It commented on the standard of practical skills gained by students improving their overall employability and the clear career pathways in place that result in a very high proportion of students successfully progressing to university or straight into employment.

Principal Mr Ali Hadawi CBE, was extremely pleased with the outcome and the confidence this now instills in the College among its key stakeholders and the community saying: “Of course we are delighted with the outcome of the inspection, especially in light of the new challenging inspection framework which makes it even more of an achievement to be graded as ‘Good’ twice in a row, making us one of the most successful colleges in Bedfordshire”.

Mr Hadawi, who has been at the helm for both inspections, was naturally proud of his colleagues going on to say: “We have created a culture of excellence at the College, one that is embraced by the staff and enjoyed by our students. We serve a very diverse community with many of our students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. To know this College is providing a springboard for their futures, is facilitating social mobility while providing the skills and knowledge required for a thriving economy makes me very proud.”

The inspectors also commented on the fact that learners from all socio-economic backgrounds achieve at the College and it offers a very harmonious environment where students feel safe and treat each other and staff with respect.

The inspectors found the College to be ‘Good’ in seven out of the eight categories with only the apprenticeship area requiring improvement where employers would like more timely completions. This is already being addressed though a new system for apprenticeship feedback.

This outcome comes on the back of an equally successful Quality Assurance Agency review for the College’s Higher Education provision which confirms that CBC has successfully met all of the criteria for quality in this area with particular strengths around the development of analytical and creative thinking as well as high quality impartial advice and guidance.

To read the full report visit the Ofsted website

pdfSummary of Key Findings

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