High praise from Ofsted for Thurrock Adult Community College

THURROCK’S Adult Community College has impressed Ofsted inspectors, moving from the Satisfactory category to Good.

The college, based in Richmond Road, Grays, but with bases across the borough, scored “good” judgements from the inspectors in all three areas – outcomes for learners, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and effectiveness of leadership and management.

The report states that “the very large majority of learners achieve their learning aims or qualification”, and “make rapid progress”.

It says teaching, learning and assessment are consistently good” with “highly committed and motivated tutors” and senior leaders and managers who “have high expectations of staff and learners”.

And it adds that “quality improvement arrangements are particularly successful in raising the overall quality of provision”.

Principal Sharon Walsh said: “The inspectors recognised all the work our staff and students have put in and it is good for that to be recognised and that our own assessment was on target.

“We at the college are all fully committed to the aim of helping everyone in Thurrock reach their potential but, as ever, there is still more to do – there always is and we must never be complacent.

“The staff, the students and my management team are committed to maintain the improvement and go for ‘Outstanding’ next time.”

She added: “This should also be looked at in the light of the inspectors’ feedback session where they told us that so many colleges are suffering a decline in grades under the latest inspection framework.”

And Cllr Oliver Gerrish, Thurrock Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “What I found particularly interesting about the report was the inspectors’ comments about what needs to be done to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ outcome.

“They said the college must maintain its trend of improving outcomes for learners; continue to apply rigorous performance management and quality-improvement processes; share best practice in teaching and learning and ensure it is consolidated across the curriculum; help students gain the skills to learn independently; and create productive links with more local businesses.

“This is exactly what Thurrock Council has been saying for several years now – recognise and share best practice; help students gain the skills needed for them to secure the many well-paid management jobs coming to the borough; and make success the bedrock of our entire education system.

“If we can all do that we will achieve our overall aims.”

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