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The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the Adult Learning Ispeectorate (ALI) said Newham Sixth Form College is outstanding. The report, published last week, said the London-based college's quality of the provision was found to be outstanding in visual and performing arts, and media.

Newham College was established in 1992 to increase participation in full-time education of young people over 16 in the borough. There are extreme levels of economic, health and social deprivation among Newham residents. In 1992, participation was only 46 percent but by 2003 it was up to 75 percent. It is now one of the largest sixth form colleges in the country.

The report also said Newham was good in business, sociology, psychology, English, modern foreign languages, and health and social care but only satisfactory in science, maths and computing. Inspectors from Ofsted and ALI found a culture of high expectation among all staff and a commitment to improvement. They also said communication amongst staff was excellent, and the quality of teaching and learning is high.

Guidance and support for students was said to be outstanding, and equality and diversity underpin every aspect of college activity. The report also said the quality of tutorials was excellent and a large proportion of students progress to university. The college also ensures that all students are given opportunities and support to achieve their potential.

Kate Watkins

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