Blackpool and the Fylde College

Name Blackpool and the Fylde College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 07 October 2013
Address Ashfield Road, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 0HB
Phone Number 01253352352
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 14-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Blackpool

Summary of key findings for learners

This provider is outstanding because: Learners thoroughly enjoy coming to college and most achieve exceptionally well. Progression rates onto higher education and employment are very high. The performance of learners taking qualifications in the workplace is outstanding. The college is very successful at engaging learners from disadvantaged groups and ensuring that they stay on course and succeed. Outcomes are very positive for learners from a wide range of groups, such as young people in care and unemployed adults on job-search programmes. Teachers set high expectations for their learners. They use their industrial and professional skills exceptionally well to make lessons interesting and relevant, leading to high-quality learning. Outstanding academic and pastoral support enables learners to make excellent progress in developing personal and work-related skills. The college provides learners with a host of high-quality enrichment activities that build up their confidence and encourage them to be aspirational in their ambitions. Excellent governance and college leadership promote high standards successfully for staff and learners, and ensure that the college responds very effectively to the wide range of challenging needs within the local area. Partnership work with employers, schools and a range of other organisations is exceptional and makes a significant contribution to the learners’ experience and success, and to the local community. Through the highly-effective promotion of equality and diversity over a sustained period of time, respect, tolerance for others and inclusiveness permeate the college community. Every individual is valued and encouraged to believe they can succeed. Learners develop their understanding of equality and diversity as a result of the way staff thread this seamlessly through their work in the classroom, and through excellent additional activities that are both fun and informative.