Walsall College

Name Walsall College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 February 2013
Phone Number 01922657022
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Walsall
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for learners

This provider is outstanding because: Students make excellent progress and achieve extremely well. The vast majority of students successfully complete and achieve the qualifications on which they enrol and progress to higher levels of study or into employment. The standard of students’ work is exceptionally high. Students are encouraged to take pride in their work and develop excellent practical skills well above the standard expected for the level of course. Students’ literacy, numeracy and employability skills are developed extremely effectively. The curriculum enables students to become skilled, professional and enterprising and ensures they are very well prepared for their next steps. Resources to support teaching and learning are of an exceptionally high standard. Classrooms are well equipped with interactive learning technology, and resources for practical teaching in all curriculum areas are excellent. Teachers set very high standards, have very high expectations and use their vocational skills and expertise to make lessons motivating, interesting and memorable. Lessons are well planned, engaging and enable students to make rapid progress and achieve well. Teachers and support staff provide outstanding advice and guidance to help students make progress and achieve. Working relationships between staff and students are very strong and create a friendly, inclusive and safe learning environment. Assessment practice is outstanding. Students are set challenging targets and their progress is frequently monitored and reviewed using a wide range of assessment strategies that enable teachers to provide detailed feedback that helps students improve. Leaders, managers and governors have an ambitious vision for the college and its students. The college is rooted in its community and works in very strong partnership with key organisations for the benefit of students and to promote the regeneration and prosperity of the borough. Quality assurance and quality improvement arrangements, including performance management, are outstanding. The college maintains a relentless focus on ensuring that students’ outcomes and the quality of students’ experiences are the best they can be.