Truro and Penwith College


Name Truro and Penwith College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 February 2016
Address College Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3XX
Phone Number 01872267000
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Cornwall
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

Truro and Penwith College is a large tertiary college with two main sites in Truro and Penwith. The vast majority of learners are aged 16–19. Demand for places at the college has been high for several years and continues to grow among this age group. The college is designated as a teaching school and a mathematics hub and has established an academy trust supporting secondary and primary education in Cornwall. Truro College merged with the former Penwith College in 2008. The accommodation and facilities at the Penwith site have been exceptionally well developed to match those at Truro and now provide an excellent resource for this isolated region. The college draws learners from across Cornwall, a large rural area characterised by small and scattered centres of population, limited public transport, and high levels of socio-economic deprivation.

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider Governors and senior leaders have successfully created a culture where learning and achievement flourish as a result of excellent teaching. Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding, and, as a result, learners make exceptional progress, often well above their expectations and their qualifications on entry would predict. A high proportion of learners successfully gain their qualifications, and many of these achieve high grades. Learners develop a wide range of skills that prepare them exceptionally well for employment and further study. Support and care for learners are outstanding and are based on a strong mix of nurture and challenge. Learners have high aspirations as a result of exceptionally effective careers advice and guidance. A high proportion of learners go on to further or higher levels of study or into employment. Leaders and managers have secured excellent facilities and resources for learning that help learners make exceptional progress. Leaders and managers ensure that the curriculum is broad and accessible. The courses on offer meet local and regional needs well and prepare learners exceptionally well for employment or higher level study. Leaders and managers have maintained the strong financial position of the college to ensure that the curriculum is sustained and developed further.