|Name||Brogdale Community Interest Company|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||11 March 2019|
|Address||Willowway, Culnells Farm, School Lane, Iwade, Kent, ME9 8QJ|
|Type||Independent Specialist College|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the provider
Brogdale Community Interest Company (Brogdale CIC) is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It is located in Kent. It provides pre-apprenticeship education and training for young people who have not been in education for several years because of exclusions and/or complex mental health needs. It was registered as an independent specialist college in 2017. The college comprises five rural sites located in five areas of Kent: Swale, Faversham, Ashford, Dover and Sittingbourne. All sites are small with up to six students in each. Currently 26 students study vocational qualifications from Entry level to level 2 and students choose from horticulture, creative craft and hospitality. Most students study horticulture.
Summary of key findings
This is a provider that requires improvement Managers have not monitored the quality of teaching and learning thoroughly. As a result, they have insufficient knowledge of weaknesses in provision. Tutors do not consider the individual learning needs of the students sufficiently. As a result, students do not develop their skills and knowledge as well as they could. Too few students achieve their functional skills qualifications in mathematics. Managers have not ensured that students receive impartial careers guidance to enable them to plan for their next steps after college. Too few students have external work placements and staff do not monitor these sufficiently. Managers do not assess students’ starting points closely enough, so they cannot measure their progress accurately. The provider has the following strengths Recently appointed trustees had identified and begun to act on the major weaknesses identified at this inspection. Students develop good practical vocational skills. The achievement of vocational qualifications is good, and many students progress from Level 1 to Level 2. Managers and governors have developed new provision very well in response to an identified local need. They develop provision that successfully engages students experiencing difficulties in attending and participating in learning. Managers and teaching staff pay exceptionally good attention to equality and diversity, to safeguarding and to health and safety, so that students feel, and are, safe. Tutors use their considerable occupational expertise well to inspire students and widen their understanding of the vocational area. Staff demonstrate a good understanding of the approaches and strategies that enable students with complex mental health needs to attend college and participate in learning.