St Elizabeth’s Centre

Name St Elizabeth’s Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 November 2017
Phone Number 01279844419
Type Independent Specialist College
Age Range 19-25
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

St Elizabeth’s College is part of St Elizabeth’s Centre, founded by the Daughters of the Cross of the Liege. The centre is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee which was established as a national centre for people with disabling epilepsy. The governors of the college report to the centre’s trustees. The college is located on a rural site near Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, and provides education programmes for young adults with a range of medical and complex learning needs. Many learners have additional needs, requiring physical and medical support. A multi-disciplinary team, including specialist nurses, occupational, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists, provide this. Learners are working at or below level 1 of the National Qualifications Framework. The majority of the 18 enrolled learners are in residence at the college and have tenancies with a housing association, while three learners attend as day placement learners. Learners are recruited predominantly from the south and east of England.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Learners make excellent progress in developing their personal, social and independence skills. Their communication improves considerably during their time at college, and learners are able to communicate their choices well. High-quality information, advice and guidance ensure that learners have ambitious and realistic plans for their next steps after their courses. All staff put learners’ safety and welfare at the centre of all provision. Good care is taken to safeguard learners so that their well-being improves. Learners’ outcomes are now good and improving. Leaders and managers hold high aspirations for learners and set high standards. They are constantly seeking ways to help learners achieve their potential. Managers manage the college well and have created a stable and enthusiastic staff team. Managers have successfully developed a strong culture of continuous improvement among all staff. Learners with the most complex needs have a high-quality educational experience. They are well supported by a wide range of appropriate therapies that help them engage with learning. In a small minority of cases, staff have not set learning tasks at the right level; as a result, learners are reluctant to participate and a few quickly lose interest. In a few lessons, teachers do not plan activities that enable learners to progress as well as they are able with their reading and writing skills. After observations of teaching and learning practice, managers do not record areas for improvement in sufficient detail to ensure that teachers know what to do to improve.