The Isle of Wight College is delighted to announce the outcome of its recent Ofsted inspection, which took place from 26 to 29 September 2023. The overall effectiveness of the college was awarded ‘Good’, reflecting its commitment to providing high quality education and fostering a positive learning environment for its students.
Achieving ‘Outstanding’ for Provision for Learners with High Needs, inspectors commented that ‘Students with high needs make excellent progress from their starting points. They enjoy their learning, are exceptionally well supported, and develop their independence very well.’ This recognises the college's dedication to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all students.
The college was awarded a grading of ‘Good’ in all other aspects of Ofsted’s education inspection framework. The inspectors acknowledged the broad curriculum, including vocational programmes, T Levels, and pathways for students with special education needs and/or disabilities.
It was particularly noted that students and apprentices displayed positive attitudes towards learning, were motivated to achieve, and demonstrated excellent progress, particularly those with high needs. Staff at the Isle of Wight College received praise by Ofsted for their effective planning and logical delivery of learning programmes.
The college's wide range of partnerships with employers and stakeholders were highlighted as successful and that carefully selected subcontractors, including UKSA and Platform One, provided additional valuable education opportunities.
The report emphasised the highly positive learning experiences at both the main site in Newport and the Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing, and Marine (CECAMM) in East Cowes. Students and apprentices commended the college's positive, inclusive culture and the high level of support provided.
Inspectors commented that ‘Leaders have designed a curriculum that meets the aspirations of students and employers on the Isle of Wight. They have rightly focused on learner destinations and considered carefully the knowledge, skills and behaviours students will need.’
College Principal, Ros Parker OBE, expressed her sincere gratitude for the positive evaluation, stating: "We are absolutely delighted to have maintained our overall effectiveness grade as 'Good' and to be awarded an 'Outstanding' again in recognition of our Provision for Learners with High Needs. This reflects the dedication of all college staff, who work tirelessly to create an aspirational and positive learning environment for our students ‘.
You can find out more about what the college has to offer at the upcoming Open Day on Saturday 25th November between 10am and 2pm. Both Newport and Whippingham sites will be open with tours, tasters and advice clinics.