Staff and students at South & City College Birmingham and Bournville College are celebrating after receiving a “Good” Ofsted grade across all areas, just fifteen months after the two establishments merged.

The college, with campuses in six locations across the city, is now judged to be the best Further Education College in Birmingham.

The Ofsted report follows a successful inspection which took place in November 2018, where inspectors observed lessons, met with staff, students, governors, employers and key stakeholders.

Inspectors were impressed with the achievement rates of students who leave the college to go on to pursue higher education, employment, promotion or training having developed good practical and vocational skills under the guidance of highly-skilled teachers.

The report highlights the college’s inclusive environment and the progress students make, adding that “students benefit from highly effective pastoral guidance and support, which means that they remain on their course”.

The personal development, behaviour and welfare of students were also judged to be “Good”. The inspection report highlighted structured and meaningful work experience and a comprehensive programme of guest speakers and enrichment activities, all of which contribute towards the development of students’ skills for employment.

The inspection also included the newly established Bournville College Vocational Academy for 14-16-year-old students. The Academy was praised for a broad and balanced curriculum, strong and productive relationships between staff and pupils and for the progress pupils make in a safe environment.

Principal, Mike Hopkins, commented: “Coming so soon after the merger with Bournville College, we are delighted with the inspection outcome and how it clearly shows the college is totally focused on its students. It also shows what incredible, dedicated and capable staff we have.

Anyone considering where to study only has to read the Ofsted report to see that no matter who you are, this is the college where you will be supported, be safe and above all else will achieve your qualifications. We are now beginning our journey from “Good” to “Outstanding”.”

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