City college earns ‘good’ rating in new Ofsted report

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City College Peterborough has been given a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted. The college in Brook Street has maintained a “culture of high expectations” according to inspectors.

Inspectors noted: “Success rates for adult learners studying work-related qualifications have improved over recent years and are very high.

“Learners from targeted and disadvantaged groups, a college priority, attend regularly with a high proportion successfully completing their course.

“This is similarly the case for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

“Learners studying English for speakers of other languages courses achieve well.”

Pat Carrington, college principal, said: “I am delighted with the report and I am really pleased that Ofsted have recognised the work our governors do and how strong our strategic leadership is, especially around our ambitious long term plans, and how our decision making is premised accurately on learners and community need.”

Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council and cabinet member for education, said the report is a “true testament to the dedication and hard work of the staff at the college.”

One criticism raised by inspectors was: “Notwithstanding the good level of pastoral support provided to 16 to 19-year-old learners, many of whom are vulnerable and with previous histories of poor educational experiences, attainment of English and mathematics GCSE qualifications is too low and requires improvement.”