Improved Ofsted report thanks to Havant college students

ON THE UP From left, Summer Foster, principal John McDougall, Daniel Godley and Briony Meades   Picture: Allan Hutchings (131095-510)
ON THE UP From left, Summer Foster, principal John McDougall, Daniel Godley and Briony Meades Picture: Allan Hutchings (131095-510)
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GOOD progress by students has helped a sixth form college to climb up the Ofsted ladder.

Havant Sixth Form College was inspected last month and has gone from being rated a satisfactory college to a good one.

Inspectors said that most students make good progress, achieving better than might be expected when they first joined the college.

Teachers and tutors monitor and assess students’ progress continuously, providing good personal service and guidance.

The report added that a high proportion of students gain high-grade passes and progress to higher education.

Teachers were also praised for their knowledge and experience.

Principal John McDougall said: ‘I’m extremely proud of our staff and students for showing the inspection team just how good we are.

‘The college was judged against the new and tougher criteria introduced by the new Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw and we were judged to be among the best in the sector.

‘The good thing about this inspection, compared to the last one, is the additional time inspectors spent in the classroom seeing teaching and learning going on.

‘For them to come to the conclusion that there was good teaching with some outstanding gives credit to the experience our staff have got.’

To improve further, the college needs to ensure that there is more outstanding teaching by developing a wider range of learning strategies which will fully engage all students.

Mr McDougall added: ‘Our ambition is around getting to outstanding.

‘It’s about identifying those staff with the potential to be consistently outstanding and working with those on a one-to-one basis to improve their practice to make sure they achieve their potential.

‘It’s not just about getting the best for the students but getting the best out of our staff. We believe that all of our teaching staff have the capability to be outstanding. What they need is our support to get there.

‘We are definitely on the way there now. I reckon it’s achievable in the next couple of years.

‘The progress that students make is beyond their expectations.’