Sheffield college told to raise standards

Longley Park Sixth Form College
Longley Park Sixth Form College
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A SHEFFIELD college has been told to improve – because ‘too many’ of its 1,400 students are not achieving as well as they should.

Ofsted inspectors found the performance of students at Longley Park Sixth Form College, Longley, varied ‘far too much’.

Their report, which found the college required improvement across the board, said: ‘Too many do not achieve as well as they should’.

Mo Nisbet, college principal, said changes to the way the curriculum was managed – putting more focus on teaching, learning and assessment – would come into force in September as part of an improvement action plan.

She said: “We are determined we will be good or outstanding next time. We recognise there are areas we need to focus on and we intend to do that.

“Ofsted saw good practice and praised many aspects of what we do, but we wouldn’t disagree we need to improve further, because we want the very best for our students.”

The Ofsted inspection – made after tougher new rules came into force – found teaching, learning and assessment were not consistently good enough.

Ms Nisbet said: “There will be a real focus on expectations.

“In the Ofsted report, they saw a lot of good practice but it wasn’t consistent, so there will be a lot of work looking to share expectations and everybody is working to the highest level.”

The inspection in March noted there had been ‘some recent success and a few curriculum areas have shown rapid improvement’.

Inspectors praised the college’s ‘good’ curriculum for combining vocational and academic routes.

Students enjoy college, attendance and behaviour is good and the college was hailed as a ‘highly inclusive and harmonious college where students from very diverse backgrounds get on well together’.