Ofsted

Good with Outstanding features

In March 2014, Bedford College was inspected by Ofsted. The highlights are listed below and the full report is also available to download.

  • Students’ outcomes in a variety of settings and programmes are good. 
  • The proportion of students who complete qualifications successfully in English and mathematics, has significantly improved and is now high. 
  • Teachers have excellent links with industry and use these effectively to develop high levels of industry-related skills, which prepare students skilfully for the world of work. 
  • Many students progress well onto employment or apprenticeships. Progression into higher-level courses both internally and to higher education institutions is high. 
  • The large majority of teaching is good or better and is particularly strong in the vocational craft subjects.
  • Support for students is good; particularly the support teachers and managers provide for vulnerable students. 
  • The vocational learning experience for students age 14 to 16 is exceptional. 
  • The college provides an excellent environment for learning and resources are very good. 
  • Senior managers and governors set a clear strategic direction for the college and staff share their ambition and high expectations. 
  • Leaders and managers work successfully with employers and external agencies to provide a highly responsive curriculum to meet local and regional needs.

» Download the full report
» View Ofsted history

Outstanding

In 2018, our residential provision at Shuttleworth College was graded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. The highlights are listed below and the full report is also available to download.

  • All of the staff have the highest expectations of students. There is a college-wide collective approach to supporting the students. As a result, attending residence leads to sustained improvement in the lives of the residential students.
  • Students feel safe. Parents say that their children are safe. A variety of mechanisms are available to students to raise concerns or receive support.
  • Students provide exceptional feedback about their experiences. They make social, emotional and academic progress as a result of attending the college.
  • Transitions into the service are extremely well managed.
  • The students consistently behave well. They say that bullying is not an issue for them or anyone that they know at the college.
  • An especially strong culture of research thrives at the college. The staff are able to cite relevant research findings and show how they translate these into practice. Senior managers enable a culture of embracing research as a means to improve the quality of the service.
  • There is highly effective use of monitoring and improvement.
  • There is a wide range of opportunities for students to contribute to and influence life at the college.
  • The staff are highly student-focused. The staff know the students extremely well and provide sensitive and individualised support.
  • There is a strong focus on equality and diversity.

» Download the full report

YouTube Instagram LinkedIn Moodle Higher Education Moodle Have Your Say