STAFF and students at a Durham college are celebrating good marks from education watchdogs.
Ofsted inspectors rated East Durham College as good, praising many aspects of both the college’s sites, the Peterlee campus and Houghall College in Durham City.
This was the first time the college has been inspected under Ofsted’s new framework and staff were given just two days’ notice.
Nine inspectors were on the two sites for a week to observe and assess the quality of teaching, learning and assessment at the college.
Suzanne Duncan, principal and chief executive, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised our ambitious vision, which aims to raise the aspirations of students, our sharp focus on students’ attainment of high grades and that the college supports students’ progression onto further study or employment.
“Ofsted also noted our strong commitment to the local area and local business by acknowledging that we are highly responsive to both community and employer needs and our work with local schools is a key strength. This grading and report are testament to the tremendous efforts of the whole team and I would personally like to thank all of our staff and students, along with our governors for their continued support and direction.
“We look forward, with great optimism, to the positive difference we can make to local people and the economy as a key provider of education and skills training in County Durham and the wider region.”
The report highlighted a large number of highly positive aspects of the quality of teaching and learning at the college, stating that the percentage of students completing their qualification aims successfully has been consistently above the national average for the last three years.
Inspectors said: “Students develop their confidence, self-esteem and social skills well.
“They enjoy their learning experience and develop good employability skills and enhance their future opportunities.”
To improve further, the college needs to increase the proportion of lessons where learning is outstanding.
“Students enjoy attending college, participate enthusiastically during lessons and benefit from the high expectations of the staff.”
To improve further the college needs to increase the proportion of lessons where learning is outstanding.