Hartlepool College of Further Education given ‘good’ rating by Ofsted inspectors

Hartlepool College of Further Education
Hartlepool College of Further Education

COLLEGE bosses have welcomed some much-needed good news after getting a glowing report from a Government watchdog.

Hartlepool College of Further Education has been rated as “good” following a visit by a team of Ofsted inspectors earlier this year.

Inspectors looked at how the staff, students and governors work together, as well as focusing on how courses are delivered and the results at the end of curriculums.

The news comes just two weeks after it was revealed that jobs at the Stockton Street-based camous were under threat following Government budget cuts worth £1.6m.

The college launched a 30-day consultation period with affected staff which could see compulsory redundancies, voluntary redundancies and changes to terms and conditions.

Referring to the Ofsted report, a college spokeswoman said: “The college is pleased to be judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted, particularly as the report highlights the superb work undertaken by the students, staff and governors. “Notably, the teaching, learning and assessment are judged to be of a consistently ‘good’ quality across the college.

“The report also acknowledges the excellent in-year attendance and progress made by the learners that are anticipated to achieve this year.

“Feedback from inspectors highlights that the students feel very well supported and enjoy their studies and training in what is described as a welcoming college.”

The spokeswoman added: “The college has delivered to over 900 apprentices this year – all employed and the vast majority in areas of high skill demand such as the STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). “This provision and the associated work with employers and the community are concurrently judged to be ‘good’ with very good achievement results for this academic year to date.”

Darren Hankey, Principal and Chief Executive at Hartlepool College of FE, said the report should act as a springboard for the college to make further progress to ‘outstanding’ level.

Mr Hankey added: “It’s a good result for the college and our many students and stakeholders in the town and wider region.

“The report highlights the many strengths of the College and we are now pushing on with our strategic plans to become an ‘outstanding’ college within the next few years.

“The report clearly states what is required to become ‘outstanding’ and we anticipate the results this year will be a significant milestone in that process.”