‘Outstanding’ college among best in country

Blackpool and the Fylde College
Blackpool and the Fylde College
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Staff and students at a Fylde coast college are celebrating after becoming just the third further education establishment in the country to receiving an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report across the board.

Blackpool and the Fylde College received the top inspection grade in each of the main categories in its report, published this morning.

The college said its work with other schools and employers were central to its success during the inspection, which took place from October 7 to 10.

Bev Robinson, college principal and chief executive, said: “We are privileged to work with students and partners to enable them to appreciate and realise their full potential.

“We are extremely pleased that Ofsted has recognised our long standing commitment to students, schools and employers’ remarkable achievements.

“The Ofsted judgement of outstanding is a result of the hard work and support of so many people, not least our dedicated and expert staff, students and partner organisations.

“It is an accolade the whole community can take pride in and I offer my sincere thanks to all those who contributed to our success.”

Coun Ivan Taylor, Blackpool Council cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“I’m delighted that Blackpool and The Fylde College has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

“Having seen the college transform and evolve over many, many years this just confirms what I and many others in the town and beyond already knew.

“The work the college does in the local community has been outstanding for a long time and this acknowledgement is well deserved. Congratulations should go to the principal, the governors, the staff and the students.”

Other areas highlighted in the inspection report include:

Success rates for learners aged between 16 and 18, which is the largest group of learners in the college, are outstanding

Teachers set high expectations for their learners. They use their industrial and professional skills exceptionally well to make lessons interesting and relevant, leading to high-quality learning

Learners understand the importance of good skills in English and maths in helping them to gain employment and succeed

Many learners win national or international competitions and gain prestigious awards which help them in their applications to university or for employment

The college provides learners with a host of high-quality enrichment activities that build up their confidence and encourage them to be aspirational in their ambitions

Through the highly-effective promotion of equality and diversity over a sustained period of time, respect, tolerance for others and inclusiveness permeate the college community

The learners benefit from working alongside higher education students.

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