Brogdale Community Interest Company

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Brogdale Community Interest Company

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
Phone Number 01795842849
Type Independent Specialist College
Age Range 16-25
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Kent
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.