Oldham Sixth Form College

Name Oldham Sixth Form College
Website www.osfc.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2013
Address Union Street West, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL8 1XU
Phone Number 01612878000
Type Academy
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor The Pinnacle Learning Trust
Local Authority Oldham
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for learners

This provider is good because: The new principal and governing body have a revised and highly ambitious vision for the college that is deeply rooted in raising aspirations and improving the life chances for students within Oldham and the surrounding areas. Their improvement plans are impacting positively. Outcomes on GCE A-levels are higher than in similar colleges. The college promotes tolerance and the appreciation of diversity among students very successfully. The college mission and ethos are inclusive and harmonious relations are fostered. Resources are very good and the Regional Science Centre is excellent. Teaching, learning and assessment are good. The college’s ‘professional learning communities’ enable good practice to be shared and high-quality experiences to be provided for students. Vocational and cross-college enrichments are strong and develop students’ personal skills. Monitoring of students’ progress has been strengthened this year and is rigorous. Students’ knowledge of their targets is good. Links to parents are very strong, enabling them to support students’ progress. Careers guidance is good and results in a high proportion of students progressing to higher education, employment or training. Learners’ outcomes, including those for all groups of learners, are not consistently high across all subjects. Outcomes on a minority of substantial GCE AS-level courses are low. Too few lessons are outstanding. Teachers do not promote and develop students’ English and mathematical skills to a consistently high standard across the college. Information on students’ prior attainment is not always used effectively to plan lessons that meet the needs of all students to enable them to achieve their potential. Not all aspects of equality and diversity monitoring are undertaken with sufficient rigour. This is not yet an outstanding provider because: