New principal of Gosport college bids to drive standards up

St Vincent College interim principle Matt Atkinson. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141777-2)
St Vincent College interim principle Matt Atkinson. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141777-2)

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THE new principal of St Vincent College has vowed to drive up standards following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors said the college in Gosport requires improvement – the same as its previous inspection in March last year.

It comes as the college has won a bid from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) of £1.3m to upgrade buildings on the site.

Now, new principal Matt Atkinson, who took over from Di Lloyd after her retirement in April, has said he is looking forward to taking on the challenge.

He said: ‘What’s interesting about the report is it requires improvement but there are quite a few statements in there about improvements.

‘We are a college on a journey to improvement. I think the inspectors just decided it hadn’t improved fast enough.’

Inspectors said that too few students, especially those studying A-levels, achieve high grades or make excellent progress, given their starting points.

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved but is too slow to bring about significant improvement.

But inspectors did praise good provision in sport and good partnership with the local community to support students from deprived areas.

‘It’s important to understand that we are producing much better results this summer,’ Mr Atkinson added.

‘They have definitely seen those improvements.

‘Di and the team over the last 12 months have done an excellent job on teaching and learning and making progress.’

It comes as the college has recently formed an alliance with Bay House School under headteacher Ian Potter.

‘We are a college that’s serving the community,’ Mr Atkinson added.

‘We are already working closely with Ian. Bay House is a good school. There are things we can learn.

‘By working together on aspects of the curriculum we can focus on things that make a difference.’

Mr Atkinson, who is also an Ofsted inspector himself, added: ‘I have been on many Ofsted inspection teams over the years, watched hundreds of lessons, and seen good and bad provision alike.

‘I hope that I am able to use this experience to ensure that every lesson and every course at St Vincent is at least good and that an increasing number are outstanding.’