Farnborough College of Technology students ‘flourish in a college culture of mutual respect’ in glowing Ofsted report
Students were congratulated by staff after being described as having ‘excellent attitudes towards their learning’ following the inspection in May. A group of 10 Ofsted Inspectors spent four days discovering the many outstanding features at the College’s two sites in both Farnborough and Aldershot before revealing the good news to senior leaders.
Inspectors reported that the quality of education, behaviours and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management of the College are all outstanding.
The College’s last inspection was in 2011, when inspectors came to the same conclusion that the College is outstanding in its delivery of education.
Principal CEO Virginia Barrett said:
“We have worked hard to maintain the outstanding quality of education our community deserves. Many things have changed in the world since our inspection in 2011, but our learners and those preparing to join us in September should feel reassured that our commitment to first-rate education is as consistent as ever, as seen in this latest report.
We could not have reached this excellent result for the College without the commitment of all college staff, who consistently go above and beyond to give learners an experience that we consider to be beyond outstanding.”
The inspection looked into courses for 16-19 year olds, apprenticeships, and adult education.
A particular area of pride for the College is in its wide range of support. Inspectors found that students particularly valued the efforts made by staff to respond to individual learning and ambitions, while noting that the increase in pastoral support following the pandemic has been excellent.
As a college that is focused on career progression for its learners, teachers were delighted that efforts to support students with their next steps was highlighted. As well as ‘very well-established links with local businesses, industry and community groups’, students also benefit from ‘substantial, high-quality careers advice and guidance’, with a ‘high proportion of learners and apprentices move on to further or higher education or permanent employment.’