Ofsted inspectors have rated New City College as ‘Good’ saying that students ‘thrive in the supportive and friendly environment’ while ‘developing new knowledge, skills and behaviours that prepare them well for their futures’.
The week-long inspection of all NCC campuses concluded that the college was ‘Good’ in every aspect.
The report highlights ‘a purposeful learning environment’, ‘high expectations’ and how ‘learners and apprentices value the high-quality resources and facilities’.
It states that ‘teachers are specialists in the subjects they teach’ and that they use effective strategies to make sure that learners develop substantial new knowledge, including new and complex topics.
Inspectors scrutinised the whole college experience and found ‘very interesting extra-curricular activities’ and that learners ‘develop good additional knowledge and skills beyond what is required in their academic or vocational studies through taking part in a broad range of additional activities’. Students are also well informed about progression opportunities and their next steps.
Crucially, they found that students feel safe within the highly inclusive environment.
The report singled out effective provision for those with high needs, improvements across apprenticeship provision and well-trained student support teams.
This is the first whole-college report since the various mergers which formed New City College between 2016 and 2019. Inspectors judged successful leadership and management of the merger process which has made sure that the quality of teaching, the high standard of resources and the positive student experience is consistent across all campuses.
Group Principal and CEO Gerry McDonald said:
“The Ofsted Inspectors found extensive evidence of good practice and learner satisfaction across every aspect of New City College. This is something we have striven for and so we are justly proud. I am incredibly pleased that the efforts and high standards set by all our teaching and support staff have been recognised.”