Leeds Sixth Form College awarded ‘Good’ by Ofsted

We are celebrating after achieving a grade ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features by Ofsted, following an inspection last month.

The college was recognised for its passionate and expert staff, and their work with regional stakeholders to implement education programmes that best fit local employment opportunities.

The college’s provisions for both adults and student personal development were awarded ‘Outstanding’.

Luminate Education Group, which the college is a member of alongside Leeds, Keighley and Harrogate colleges, is among the first large educational establishments to have been inspected under Ofsted’s new framework, which puts a greater focus on working with partners and businesses, student and apprentices’ safety and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The report noted that learners on A level programmes have a firm understanding of the expectations and demands of higher-level academic study.

The college has also taken steps to promote a staff culture of accountability and ownership, providing the very best educational experiences for students.

Rachael Booth, Principal of Leeds Sixth Form College, added: “This grade is testament to the hard work of our staff who make our college environment a welcoming and safe haven for our students every single day.

“Our learners’ wellbeing, personal development and safety are our top priorities which are embedded in our culture, cementing our ‘Outstanding’ grade in this area. Our learners feel accepted by their peers and respected by tutors, whilst feeling comfortable to express themselves in environments that offer a safe and nurturing space, and this was recognised by the inspectors.

“We have high standards of positive student behaviour and staff are passionate about their areas of expertise. Our learners also enjoy participating in a wide range of enrichment activities, and many gain additional skills and qualifications.

“Our leaders ensure we are providing education and training that meets both the aspirations of learners and the changing needs of local employers.

“As a result, businesses highly value our curriculum and the training that our students receive.

“Our governors also play a key role in the quality of education provided for our students. They are actively involved in determining the college’s strategic direction, making many of the key decisions in relation to each college and ensuring continuous and sustainable improvement.”

For more information about the college, visit Leeds Sixth Form College