Leadership and students praised at improving Sheffield college

Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College celebrate the Ofsted report
Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College celebrate the Ofsted report
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Astute leadership has been singled out by inspectors for driving ‘considerable’ improvements at a college in Sheffield.

Staff and students are celebrating after Longley Park Sixth Form College, in Longley, was rated good by inspectors from Government education watchdog Ofsted – up from its previous rating of requires improvement.

Inspectors spent a week observing lessons at the college in October and have now published their findings.

They praised leadership and management as strong and said they were ‘developing a culture of high aspirations and achievement throughout the college’.

Teachers were praised for their high expectations of students, and teaching, learning ad assessment were consistently good.

Inspectors said students make at least expected or good progress in relation to their starting points and the number who progress to further study, higher education or employment is very high.

They also said students improve their self-confidence and raise their expectations in their work and personal lives and are well prepared for higher education or employment.

College principal Mo Nisbet said; “I am delighted the inspection team recognise the developments that we have made since the last inspection and I’m so proud of what the students and staff have achieved.

“I want to personally thank them for all their hard work and commitment in achieving ‘good’.

“There are lots of positive observations we can take from the inspection report and this outcome shows that the college is on the way to achieving Outstanding and gives us the confidence that we are doing the right things to get there.”

Inspectors highlighted areas to work on – improving achievement rates for students by identifying courses where success is low and ensuring action plans are in place, improving staff development and increasing opportunities for external work experience for pupils.