Ofsted praise for Otley College

OTLEY College has been praised for improving standards following an annual assessment by education watchdog Ofsted.Inspectors who visited the college last month found that overall success rates of students rose in 2005/2006, especially for 16-18-year-olds.

OTLEY College has been praised for improving standards following an annual assessment by education watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors who visited the college last month found that overall success rates of students rose in 2005/2006, especially for 16-18-year-olds.

The college provides post 16-year-old learning ranging from apprenticeships to foundation degrees.

Overall success rates on skills for life programmes have improved from 51 per cent to 80pc for 16 to 18s, and from 44pc to 73pc for adults.


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The success rate for adults on apprenticeships was found to be “good”, and had improved from 50pc to 74pc.

The report states that success rates on key skills programmes have also improved, as has the integration of key skills in vocational programmes.

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However, curriculum issues in certain adult courses have been identified as areas in need of improvement, while the overall success rate for work-based learning is only “satisfactory”.

Otley College's assistant principal, Jenny Milsom, welcomed the findings of the report.

She said: “The college has improved on the standards found at our last inspection and we have strategies in place to ensure that such standards continue to improve in the future.

“Otley College places students and their success at the centre of all of our activities and we have a committed team of staff who have placed a major emphasis on maintaining and improving our support and teaching practices.

“The success of our latest annual assessment visit is a testament to their hard work and the party who came to visit us in October seemed to be very encouraged by our progress.”

Are you or your child studying at Otley? What do you think of the college? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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