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Accrington and Rossendale College Closed

Name Accrington and Rossendale College Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 January 2018
Address Sandy Lane, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 2AW
Phone Number 01254389933
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 14-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown

Information about the provider

Accrington and Rossendale College is located in Accrington, East Lancashire. The college provides a broad range of vocational study programmes. The majority of 16- to 18-year-old learners are enrolled on level 1 and level 2 programmes. The college provides a range of full- and part-time courses for adult learners. The majority of adult learners are enrolled on short courses, with learners studying full time on access to higher education courses or infilling into 16 to 18 study programmes. The college provides apprenticeships at intermediate, advanced and higher levels across a range of occupational areas; the largest vocational area is construction. Accrington is located in the Pennine region of Lancashire, with a population of 35,346. The unemployment rate is 5.8% in Hyndburn and 5.2% in Rossendale, compared with 4.1% across the North West region. The proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) is higher than the national average. The proportion of young people in Lancashire with five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, including English and mathematics, at the end of key stage 4 is 58%, which is higher than the national average. In four of the five college’s feeder schools, pupils’ achievements are below this figure. In 2016/17, just under a quarter of 16- to 18-year-old learners enrolling at the college had five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, including English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Governors, senior leaders and managers have high expectations of learners and staff. They have successfully created a culture of mutual respect and have rectified successfully the vast majority of the weakness identified at the previous inspection. Governors provide a good level of scrutiny and challenge to senior leaders and hold them to account for the quality of courses and learners’ achievements. Senior leaders and managers have been unremitting in their actions to improve the quality of learners’ experiences. Consequently, learners’ achievement rates have improved and are now good. Senior leaders and managers have forged very good links with employers, community groups and voluntary organisations, which are used effectively to align the college’s curriculum to local and regional skills needs. Learners and apprentices develop the knowledge and skills they need for further study or work. Consequently, most progress into further study, higher education or employment. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good as a result of effective improvement strategies. Learners and apprentices have a positive attitude to learning. They take pride in their work, are highly motivated and develop confidence and new skills. The proportion of apprentices who achieve their qualifications by the planned end date is low. A small number of teachers and assessors do not plan and provide learning that ensures learners and apprentices make the progress of which they are capable. In a small number of courses, the achievement and attendance rates, and the proportion of learners who achieve high grades require improvement.