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College graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Sussex Coast College Hastings has received a glowing report in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Her Majesty’s inspectors visited the college during the last week of term in 2017 and awarded a Grade 2, GOOD, rating across all areas of the college.

The report highlighted the high achievements of students in all subjects, which is well above the national average. It revealed that there is excellent progression opportunities for students and almost all of them can go on to further or higher education, training or employment. Students were also recognised for their exemplary behaviour and attitudes to learning.

Clive Cooke, Principal & CEO said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised the great work my colleagues have done to secure the Grade 2 finding and am delighted for our students who are enjoying significant success on moving on to employment, university or further training. We have invested a lot of effort in ensuring our students gain worthy work experience to aid them in their pursuit of employment”.

“There has been a concerted effort to implement a carefully planned and highly effective staff development programme for managers and teaching staff and this has heavily contributed to an overall positive result”.

The report also highlighted the positive learning environment that has been created by leaders and managers.

Rt Hon. Amber Rudd MP said: “I am delighted to see that Sussex Coast College has been granted a grade 2 rating of ‘Good’ by Ofsted in their latest report. I would like to highlight the work of the staff who have improved the college from its grade 4 ‘Inadequate’ rating issued in 2012. I always enjoy visiting Sussex Coast College and look forward to seeing these improvements on my next visit.”

Ofsted recently changed the inspection framework to a more stringent and rigorous criteria meaning that colleges need to meet higher standards to achieve their grading.

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