Linkage near Spilsby provides students ‘outstanding’ outcomes

Linkage College student Phillip Williams who has just moved into a flat in Skegness after gaining more independence and confidence.
Linkage College student Phillip Williams who has just moved into a flat in Skegness after gaining more independence and confidence.
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A specialist college near Spilsby provides ‘outstanding’ outcomes to its learning disabled students who make ‘significant’ progress in all areas of their education, Ofsted has determined.

Linkage College, including its Toynton All Saints campus, received an overall grading of ‘good’ following last month’s inspection, with its outcomes for learners judged as ‘outstanding’.

Principal Matthew Orford said: “This is a brilliant result and we’re very proud of the formal acknowledgement by Ofsted that students leave Linkage College with outstanding outcomes following their programmes with us.

“I pay tribute to the whole staff team at the college and to our colleagues within the wider organisation of Linkage Community Trust, for their hard work and dedication in supporting our learners and in helping us achieve this outcome.”

Lead inspector Joyce Deere paid particular praise to the college’s development of students’ social and personal skill.

The reported states: “A significant strength of the college is the emphasis placed on developing personal, social and employability skills, as well as skills to enable greater independence.

“All students make very good progress in all of these areas, and the carers in residences make very good use of opportunities to enable students to look after themselves and engage in the local community,”

Despite the high levels of praise and ‘good’ overall judgement, inspectors felt that the quality of teaching required further improvement to secure the highest grade, which it had been awarded on its previous inspection.

“Teaching and learning and assessment are not consistently good or better across the college, as not all teachers stretch and challenge students sufficiently,” the report claims.

Linkage college is longest-established independent specialist college in the country, with 36 years of experience in educating learning disabled people.