Ada National College for Digital Skills

Name Ada National College for Digital Skills
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 October 2018
Address Broad Lane, Tottenham Hale, London, N15 4AG
Phone Number 02031050125
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown

Information about the provider

Ada, The National College for Digital Skills (Ada) is one of five new ‘national colleges’ established by the government. The college is named after Ada Lovelace, a nineteenth-century pioneer of computers and programming. The founders chose the name to emphasise their desire to promote and develop learners’ interest in digital industries, and to attract more women into the profession, as they are under-represented in the industry. The college operates out of two campuses in Tottenham Hale and Wood Green in north-east London. Managers recruited the first learners onto a two-year level 3 study programme in September 2016, and the first cohort of level 4 apprentices in May 2017. The first cohort of learners on study programmes completed their programmes in the summer of 2018. At the time of the inspection, the first cohort of apprentices were in the final few months of their programme, and starting to prepare for their end-point assessment.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Learners and apprentices make good progress, quickly learn new skills in computer science and acquire a good breadth of knowledge of the digital technology industries. Learners receive excellent careers guidance and a very high proportion of learners who complete their course successfully move on to the next level of education, training or jobs in the sector. Senior leaders and governors are relentless in their ambitions to establish the National College for Digital Skills as a sector leader in its field. Governors and senior leaders have successfully focused on raising participation rates among women and those from deprived backgrounds in digital skills training. Leaders, managers, governors and staff have been highly successful in involving a wide range of employers in designing the curriculum and in providing work placements and professional coaches to learners, to ensure that the programmes comprehensively address the needs of industry. Teachers are highly experienced and enthusiastic and use their industry knowledge to motivate learners and provide valuable insights into the world of work. Apprentices make a significant contribution to their employing companies, many of which are prestigious ones. Teachers use the high standard of teaching resources well to engage students. For the first cohort of study programme learners, too few stayed to the end of the course.