Cambridge Regional College is celebrating after being praised by Ofsted for its excellent resources, strong relationships with employers and students who are keen to progress.
In a new Ofsted report, the college is again rated as Good, with particular mention of its excellent resources, ambitious students and teachers who make good use of their technical knowledge to develop students’ skills.
The short inspection, carried out over two days, says “learners gain very good practical skills, valued by employers, and develop their knowledge and skills effectively” – a key part of vocational education.
The report says students and apprentices benefit from excellent practical resources at the college, its “extremely strong” links with employers and good quality relevant external work experience. Apprentices benefit from good training, assessment and support.
“The very large majority of learners are ambitious and keen to obtain the highest grades possible and reach their potential,” says the report. “A substantially high proportion progress to further study, higher education, apprenticeships and employment.
“Learners gain very good practical skills valued by employers, and develop their skills and knowledge effectively.”
The college’s new Academy for 14 to 16 year-old students also receives good marks – teaching, learning and assessment are good, says Ofsted, and teachers have integrated the Academy students into the broader college programme, delivering core subjects in a dedicated and safe environment.
Throughout the college, staff encourage a culture of respect which is shared by students, who behave well at college and respect each other and their teachers. Positive and effective action by all staff ensures that learners are safe, says the report. Students also take part in a broad range of activities and make good use of sports clubs, educational visits and work experience.
The college provides “a very wide range of academic and/or vocational programmes that prepare learners well for their next step into employment or further learning,” says the report, and students work collaboratively to good effect, with good support for students to improve their English and mathematics skills.
CRC principal Mark Robertson said: “We are delighted to receive such a positive report which highlights the great experience students at CRC receive and which prepares them so well to go on to university and great careers.
“As one of the best colleges in the country we are now determined to go on to become an outstanding organisation for the students, employers and communities that we serve.”
To see the full Ofsted report go to https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/130610
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