A welsh college is revelling in the feeling of achievement gained from a job excellently done after an inspection report from Estyn, the quality watchdog for education in Wales, praised their performance.

The college, Coleg Menai, is based in the towns of Bangor and Llangefni in Wales. They have been praised for the high standard of their provision, with the watchdog stating that the college beats the quality standard threshold across the board. In a range of areas ranging from care and support through to leadership, it would seem that this Northern Welsh community's education is in excellent hands.

Strong Performance

The inspection regime left no stone unturned in an effort to ascertain the true strength of the college's provision, as the only benefit of an inspection is for it to be a comprehensive and thorough one. The inspectors found the college to be excellent in many respects, and awarded grades for leadership and management of the college that place Menai amongst the very highest tier in Wales.

The quality of the teaching and of student achievement were the subject of particular praise. The college boasts an enviable pass rate at A Level of 100%, far above the national average and a testament to the quality of the teaching staff and the dedication of the students. In particular, the standards in areas such as business, social sciences, sport, and leisure and tourism were found to be outstanding. The language also received plaudits for a strong Welsh language ethos, and for the emphasis placed on providing good support and guidance for the learners.

College Principal Glad at Acknowledgement of Success

Coleg Menais Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Haydn Edwards, was understandably delighted at the report, and said: "We are delighted with this report. Our communities here in North West Wales deserve and expect the highest standards and we have shown that we can achieve them. What matters most is that all our students are given the best opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, to gain valuable qualifications and make their way in the world."

He concluded with the positive message that "the clear message is that Coleg Menai makes this possible." Mrs Mair Jones, Chair of the Coleg Menai Corporation, agreed with this and stressed the importance of recognising the people whose hard work made such achievement possible: "This success is down to very hard work by staff and students, and in particular, the determined and energetic leadership provided by the Principal and managers at the college. We can all be very proud of the college that serves our communities so well."

The local community is directly affected by the success of its Further Education college, an institution with the facilities, remit and opportunity to interact with the local populace to provide the training and education that both learners and employers require. It should be recognised that, for all the hype surrounding a set of guidelines or a new acronym, the work of the people on the frontline, and most of all the dedication and application of thousands of learners, are the true engines for success.

Jethro Marsh

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