Ofsted `Outstanding` College
We were rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in October 2014. We are the only 'outstanding' sixth form in Mendip and South Somerset and one of only two sixth form or tertiary colleges nationally to be rated 'outstanding' in the last two years (as at May 2016).
Ofsted Outstanding College 2014/2015
Ofsted praised the outstanding teaching and support at Strode that leads to outstanding student progress and achievements.
Outstanding teaching and learning: “Students benefit significantly from outstanding teaching, learning and assessment which are reflected in outstanding outcomes.”
Outstanding student support: “Pastoral and academic support, as well as careers advice, are outstanding.”
Outstanding student progress: “The high quality of teaching, alongside exceptionally strong support, enables the vast majority of students to…consistently make outstanding progress relative to their starting point.”
Raising aspirations and achievements: “Teachers have very high and realistic expectations for all students, which lead to the high level of students' achievements across the college.”
Successful futures: “A particularly high proportion of students at all levels successfully progress on to appropriate and sustainable further or higher education or to employment.”
Valuing individuals: “Students appreciate the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere in lessons, where everyone feels equally valued.”
Wide choice of courses and opportunities: “Students have access to a particularly broad range of courses within an extensive curriculum that meets their needs and interests and those of employers very well.
”Students benefit particularly from the wide range of enrichment activities available to them, which help them to develop a broad range of transferable skills."
Outstanding advice and guidance: "Students receive outstanding information and advice which enables them to make well-informed choices before they start college and during their study programme."
Outstanding leadership: “Leadership and management are outstanding…successfully raising aspirations and supporting all students to achieve their potential.”