Warrington and Vale Royal College

Name Warrington and Vale Royal College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 19 January 2016
Address Winwick Road, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 8QA
Phone Number 01925494494
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown

Information about the provider

Warrington Collegiate provides further education courses and apprenticeship programmes in the borough of Warrington where it has two main sites. The college provides a wide range of post-16 education and training, including 16 to 19 study programmes, vocational courses for adults, apprenticeships and community learning. Approximately 3,400 students study at the college; of these, 1,200 are full-time students aged 16 to 19; 1,100 are adult students, including those on part-time and distance learning courses; and 1,100 are apprentices. Warrington borough has a population of 473,100. Growth economic sectors in the city include science, technology and engineering related to the pharmaceutical sectors and information communication technology (ICT) skills across a range of sectors. The unemployment rate in the borough is lower than both the regional and national rates.

Summary of key findings

This is a provider that requires improvement Too many younger students and apprentices make insufficient progress during their courses. The proportion of students and apprentices who achieve qualifications is too low. Teaching, learning and assessment on 16 to 19 study programmes are not of a good enough standard. Too few students and apprentices progress to the next level of qualification. The college’s improvement strategy has not yet had sufficient impact on teaching and learning. Governors have not provided effective challenge to senior leaders over time to improve students’ achievements and the college’s finances. The provider has the following strengths The new executive leadership team has a good understanding of what is required to improve; their changes are starting to have impact. Students benefit from good resources and facilities. Students and apprentices who complete their studies develop good occupational skills. There are high success rates for adults on college courses at level 2.