Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College


Name Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 07 November 2017
Address Belgrave Road, Highgate, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9FF
Phone Number 01214462223
Type Sixth Form College
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Birmingham

Information about the provider

The college is situated less than a mile away from central Birmingham, in an area that has high levels of deprivation, ranking 18 out of 355 for the highest levels of multiple deprivation in England. The unemployment rate in Birmingham is well above the national rate at 12.9%. Some 19.4% of the local working population do not have any qualifications, compared with that seen nationally at 11.3%. In terms of young people, around 30% of children aged 0 to 15 in Birmingham are in households with no adults in employment, compared with 20% in the West Midlands region and 18% in England. Around 20% of learners aged 16 to 24 in Birmingham have no formal qualifications. This is a higher proportion than seen for the West Midlands and England. The college provides a vocational and academic curriculum in 10 subject sector areas, the largest three being science and mathematics; languages, literature and culture; and business administration and law. In 2017, the college won a national inclusion award for its work in supporting students who have SEN and/or disabilities.

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider Students make outstanding progress from their different starting points, and a very high proportion successfully gain their qualifications. An industrious and highly positive atmosphere for learning permeates all areas of the college; students are enthusiastic about their learning, and their attendance is high. Students’ conduct in lessons and around the college is impeccable. They feel safe, are highly positive about the quality of their learning, and are polite and respectful towards adults and each other. The support provided for students who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities is comprehensive, well organised and effective. Teachers plan their lessons meticulously and have high expectations of their students at all times; students respond well to this challenge. Teaching is of consistently high quality across a range of academic and vocational subjects; teachers use their strong knowledge of assessment criteria very effectively to ensure that students are well prepared for external examinations. Teachers regularly set challenging homework for students that supports and extends learning; as a result students quickly develop their confidence and skills in writing, communication and reading. Students make good progress in GCSE English and mathematics from their various starting points. Students benefit from a curriculum that is broad and balanced. This, coupled with high-quality careers education, information, advice and guidance and support, ensures that they are exceedingly well prepared for the next stage in their education or training. A very high proportion of students successfully progress to higher education and an increasing number gain places at prestigious universities. Students make excellent progress in developing their personal and social skills; they quickly gain confidence in their abilities and become successful independent learners. Leaders, managers and staff have successfully generated a culture of high aspiration, harmonious relationships and mutual respect that is highly evident throughout all aspects of the college. The principal and the senior leadership team have secured further improvements in teaching, learning and assessment since the previous inspection.