06 September 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
I write to you with news of the outcomes from our recent College Ofsted inspection which took place on 10th– 12th July 2018. The full report is now available on the college website.
The overall judgement was ‘Requires Improvement’, with Personal development, behaviour and wellbeing rated as ‘Good’
Some of the positive comments Ofsted made about the College include:
‘Students make good progress in developing strategies to manage their own behaviour’
‘All staff in the college promote an inclusive culture in which individual differences are respected and celebrated. Students are polite and respectful to staff, visitors and each other’
‘Students benefit from high-quality resources and specialist support that help them to develop their practical skills successfully’
‘Students develop highly effective personal and social skills in college and in the community’
As a recently developed provision, we are aware that we have areas in College that we need to develop. Some of the key areas that Ofsted have highlighted as requiring improvement include:
‘The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is not yet sufficiently good so that all students make the progress of which they are capable’
‘Quality assurance arrangements are not sufficiently rigorous to ensure that the quality of the provision is consistently high’
‘The curriculum offer requires further development so that it meets all the needs, interests and abilities of students who have high needs and ensures that they achieve their long-term goals and aspirations’
The next step for us is to create a development plan to address the key issues highlighted by Ofsted. We will then have another inspection within the coming year to determine our progress.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their positive comments and support throughout the Ofsted Inspection. The Inspection is a very thorough and rigorous process, and I think this can be evidenced by the fact that most of the recently developed Post 19 specialist colleges have received the same judgement of ‘Requires Improvement’. As a College we are not complacent and we are always trying to improve outcomes for our students. Our staff will continue to work hard to ensure that all college students receive the best possible education from Brentwood College.
If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Jude Lomas Katie MeredithHeadteacher Brentwood College Lead