College’s ‘good’ marks in report

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Staff and students at Doncaster College are celebrating an Ofsted inspection which has commended the ‘outstanding’ support for students and given the organisation an overall ‘good’ report.

The Hub was listed as good in every area inspected, and bosses said inspectors picked out the ‘enthusiasm for learning’ which they said ran throughout the college.

Chair of governors Ruth Brook said: “A strong culture of achievement and endeavour has been recognised by Ofsted.

“This report acknowledges the support staff give to students is outstanding and I am proud to be associated with the college in my home town.”

Staff were praised for providing good teaching, and inspectors found success rates for all students had consistently and significantly improved over the last four years. The management and leadership were also praised for strong improvements and an ‘aspirational culture’ throughout the college.

Principal and chief executive of Doncaster College George Trow said: “We are extremely proud of this report.

“It recognises that Doncaster College is now a good college in good financial health, after several difficult years, and most importantly it picks out the fantastic support our staff provide to students.

“Coaching and mentoring has become key to staff development and this has had a huge positive impact on the management team and staff at the college.

“We are now well prepared to push further for ‘outstanding’ designation.”

The report said success rates for the majority of students were above the national average.

“To achieve ‘good’ across the board in this report is fantastic,” added Mr Trow.

“There are always areas for organisations to improve on, but we will now be building on solid foundations.

“It is rewarding to know all our efforts and hard work have paid off with a better learning experience for students.”