Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College


Name Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
Website http://www.wlc.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 March 2017
Address Gliddon Road, Barons Court, London, W14 9BL
Phone Number 02075651210
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown

Information about the provider

Ealing, Hammersmith and West London’s College is a large general further education college with four main sites at Ealing, Hammersmith, Acton and Southall. It recruits learners from across west London and neighbouring boroughs. Courses are offered in almost all subject areas. Some 90% of all enrolments are for courses up to, and including, level 2. Around 75% of all enrolments are for adult learners, mostly attending the college part time. Learners attending fulltime are largely on 16 to 19 study programmes, mainly in vocational areas. The college also has learners on higher education programmes. It continues to have a significant provision for apprenticeships, with training delivered directly by the college and by subcontractors. New management arrangements are to bring all provision into the college, under the newly formed college company, Evolve Learning Group Limited. Around three quarters of learners at the college are from a black or minority ethnic heritage.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Through a persistent determination to ensure long-term sustainability, leaders, managers and governors have markedly improved the quality of provision, learners’ achievements and the financial position of the college. Rigorous performance management and assured quality monitoring underpin the evident improvements and the college’s much enhanced capacity to further improve. Excellent and well-considered partnerships make the college the strategic partner of choice for significant business and community projects in the west London region. Managers and staff create an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment for learners, where they behave well, and in which they and staff treat one another with care and respect. In sharp contrast to the previous inspection, the large majority of learners now successfully complete their courses and make good progress. Learners’ progression to further education and training, higher education and employment is good. The significant number of learners with high needs, and learners looked after, achieve well and make good progress. Good teaching and learning ensure that learners develop good skills aligned to their career aspirations through projects and assignments, carefully designed by teachers, linked to work-related contexts. Learners benefit from a good range of opportunities to develop their skills for employment, including meaningful work experience, in placements and sectors matched to their courses and aspirations. Extensive investment in improving teachers’ teaching and learning skills has directly led to improved teaching and learning, and better outcomes in many subject areas, including English and mathematics. Leaders and managers have not yet secured high enough standards in the training for apprenticeship programmes, or sufficiently good and timely outcomes for the majority of apprentices. Targets set by apprenticeship assessors in the college’s directly delivered provision, and by teachers of learners for whom the college receives high needs funding, are not sufficiently precise to help learners make good progress. Learners’ achievement of a grade C or better in GCSE English and mathematics, although improving, remains too low.