Ofsted success for Skegness college

Some of the students and staff celebrate their success.
Some of the students and staff celebrate their success.

The head of a Skegness branch of a regional college has spoken of his delight after the organisation received a strong Ofsted report.

The Lincolnshire Regional College, which is based in Grimsby, but has large satellite centres in Skegness and Scarborough, received a ‘good’ rating in the latest Ofsted report.

Gavin Hosford, head of centre at Lincs Regional College, said: “I’m extremely proud of our latest OFSTED report.

“It’s down to the hard work of staff and students, not just during inspection week, but also the last few years.”

“To get this recognition of our learner first ethos is great news for the college and the local community,” he added.

During the detailed inspection in November, 12 inspectors visited Lincolnshire Regional College’s centre in Skegness, the Grimsby Institute in Grimsby and Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough, where they observed outteaching and learning practices and talked to learners and staff about their experiences.

The college received a ‘good’ rating for its overall effiectivness, the outcomes for its learners, the quality of teaching, learning and accessment and for the effectiveness of leadership and management.

The inspection visit was led by the Group’s Assistant Principal - 14-19 and Higher Education, Ellen Thinnesen, who was delighted with the outcomes reported by the Inspectors. Ellen said: “The results we have received following the visit by the Ofsted inspectors are truly fantastic.

“We are now on a journey to becoming an ‘Outstanding’ provider and this report has cemented our belief that the learning experiences we offer are of a very high quality indeed.”

Principal & Chief Executive of the Grimsby Institute Group, Sue Middlehurst, said: “I am extremely pleased with the report we have received from Ofsted. We know that we are an innovative and inspiring provider of education and training but I am thrilled the Ofsted Inspectors agree and recognise our successes and the commitment we demonstrate to improving the lives of our learners, staff and communities.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff and learners who went above and beyond to show the inspectors what a terrific place Lincolnshire Regional College is to learn, train and work – we couldn’t have asked for a better result.”

Among the things highlighted in the report were the ‘often outstanding’ teaching, and that learning and assessment across the group ‘is often outstanding’.

It was also noted that the success rates on full-time courses had steadily risen over the last three years.

The report also remarked that learners received “particularly good” information, advice and guidance to ensure that they were on a course that met their needs, interests and aptitudes.

Success rates for learners aged over 19 on advanced-level courses had also risen.

The 12 inspectors assessed eight subject areas for the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

The inspectors agreed with the Group’s findings that only one of those areas requires improvement.

Ofsted gave grade one to the college’s ‘Teaching & Lecturing’ courses, grade two to its ‘Health & Social Care’, ‘Construction Crafts’, ‘Engineering’, ‘ICT for Users’, ‘Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy’ and ‘Hospitality & Catering’ courses and grade three to ‘Foundation English’.

The report also detailed how the Group had a good understanding of its strengths and areas for improvement as confirmed by the inspection grades and judgement.