Ofsted Press Release
19 July 2017
Principal pledges to ‘positively turn things around’ after recent Ofsted announcement
Easton and Otley College received a four-day Ofsted inspection that took place between 15 and 18 May 2017 resulting in an overall grade of ‘inadequate’.
Principal of the College, David Henley said; “Naturally, we are concerned with the outcome of the report but welcome Ofsted’s input to positively turn things around: Whilst the overall grade was disappointing, the underlying picture shows the College is functioning well in many areas and some of the changes that we need to make are relatively small. For example, students enjoy very good care, guidance and support, and they behave very well. Very good links with industry are effectively used to support the development of good practical skills and students enjoy wide-ranging and relevant job destinations.”
Inspectors were clear that governors and leaders understand what needs to be done and are already recovering the College’s performance. David continued, “Our Ofsted visit came several months after we had ourselves recognised the need for improvement and our strategies to address those areas have started to show clear signs of delivering results. Whilst we could not show this at the time of the inspection, we are predicting a student success rate for this academic year (16/17) that will exceed the previous three years and this represents a tremendous turnaround giving me confidence that the college is on a strong, recovery trajectory. We have some powerful individual success stories and we do not intend to allow this result to undermine the tremendous achievements of our students who can be proud with what they have achieved during the year.
As another clear example of movement, employer satisfaction ratings for apprenticeship provision have shown a significant improvement: 96% of employers recently surveyed in a national survey, confirmed they are likely or extremely likely, to recommend the College as a training provider. This is a significant improvement on the satisfaction rating for the previous year and represents a high level of performance.
“Over the last three weeks, we have delivered a programme of staff training and development to ensure we hit the ground running when lessons re-start in September and we go into the next academic year confident that we can give all our students a good experience. In addition, we are delighted to confirm the appointment from City College Norwich of Ray Goodman as Deputy Principal. Ray has a strong track-record of leading outstanding provision for students across a range of subjects and has professional experience in many of the disciplines relevant to our students.”
David concludes saying, “One of the great things about East Anglia is that the people and businesses have been tremendously supportive to the College, recognising its importance to the development of skills in the rural economy. We naturally reach out and support the community as much as we possibly can and this will never change. Together we work well. I am convinced that we have the capability to deliver good performance and I am determined that we will do so quickly.”