Big step forward for sixth form college with improved Ofsted

Principal of Portsmouth College Steve Frampton with students.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131120-789)
Principal of Portsmouth College Steve Frampton with students.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131120-789)

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IMPROVEMENTS in students’ achievement has helped a sixth form college to achieve a good rating by Ofsted inspectors.

Portsmouth College in Tangier Road has been rated as good across the board – an improvement on the last inspection when the college was deemed to be satisfactory.

Inspectors said that teaching, learning and assessment are good and that outcomes for learners have improved.

Strong leadership and management have ensured sustained improvements for most students.

Principal Steve Frampton said he was thrilled.

‘It’s fantastic for all associated with the college to receive such strong approval from Ofsted of the very good work we have done over recent years,’ he said.

‘The inspectors clearly confirm our belief that we can sustain high academic standards and excellent progression outcomes.

‘This is all done while maintaining our tradition of exceptional student support and a friendly, welcoming environment.’

Mr Frampton praised the staff and everyone involved with the college.

‘This report is a tribute to the fantastic commitment of all who proudly share in the college community: students, parents, staff, partners and governors,’ he added.

‘I’m delighted with this hugely positive outcome.’

To improve further, the management of teachers’ performance needs to be strengthened. Also, learning targets that staff set for students need to be monitored closely.

Mr Frampton added: ‘The nice thing is that nothing new is required to improve student experience and teaching and learning.

‘We will look at a new timetable and further investment in resources to further improve the campus.

‘All staff are very committed to working even harder for the benefit of their students to maximise their future opportunities.

‘Therefore we have real confidence in our goal of becoming the outstanding college for all our students and partners in the city.’