Ofsted Inspection 2008

Strode College in Street is celebrating the publication of its Ofsted inspection report. Due to its successful track record the College received a short inspection involving two inspectors over two days in October.

The College was assessed as good for the effectiveness of provision, achievement and standards, quality of provision and leadership and management. The College’s capacity to improve was judged outstanding. Due to the nature of the inspection no grades were awarded for the curriculum areas.

Kate Lovell, Chair of Governors said
“The inspection results confirm the reputation of Strode as a high performing College which places the needs and interests of our students at the heart of all we do. Inspectors found that the range of programmes and activities offered to the students is outstanding as is the breadth and quality of the enrichment activities available to students. We are also delighted that the inspectors assessed pastoral care as very good and that students benefit from a safe and caring ethos with a strong emphasis on inclusivity”.

Ian Bennett OBE, Principal said
“We are extremely proud to be recognised as a college where students are challenged to excel in their studies whilst receiving effective guidance and pastoral care. In addition to the main grades inspectors assessed a very wide range of activities and all were found to be good or better. Everyone at the college, staff and governors, is working hard to provide the very best experience for all our students. I should like to take this opportunity to thank them for their commitment and dedication”.

The Ofsted report highlights many key strengths:

  • High success rates on most courses
  • The proportion of students achieving high grades on advanced level courses
  • Effective focus on improving teaching and learning
  • Good progress in broadening the range of opportunities offered by the College
  • Outstanding opportunities for, and participation in, enrichment activities
  • Successful promotion of an ethos of inclusivity and respect for all
  • Good leadership, governance and management
  • Outstanding capacity to improve
  • Highly effective staff development
  • Successful strategy to improve accommodation and resources

 And five areas for improvement

  • The slow progress in further improving long course success rates for students aged 16-18
  • The slight decline in the proportion of students who successfully complete AS level courses
  • Arrangements for identifying, and raising the proportion of, outstanding lessons
  • The use of appropriate national averages to make judgements about the quality of A-level provision
  • The rigour of procedures for deciding and moderating graded judgements about the quality of the college’s provision.