WALSALL, England, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Historic grading makes Walsall College the first Outstanding general further education college under new inspection framework in the UK, and the first ever to receive a grade one in the Black Country!
The Ofsted inspection team heaped great praise on the college, recognising outstanding strengths across the board that included:
- Outstanding success rates achieved by students, which put the college in the country's top 10% of colleges
- Outstanding teaching and learning
- Outstanding promotion of equality and diversity
- Outstanding outcomes for learners through the development of modern vocational courses and partnerships with employers
- Outstanding leadership and management
Industry experienced staff were also commended for using their vocational skills and expertise to make lessons motivating, interesting and memorable, enabling students to make excellent progress and exceed their individual targets.
The report highlights how the college is firmly rooted in the community and works in very strong partnership with key organisations for the benefit of students and to promote the regeneration and prosperity of the borough.
Jatinder Sharma, Principal and Chief Executive at Walsall College said: "We are incredibly proud of this achievement and delighted that Ofsted has recognised the college as one of the best in the country for outstanding teaching and learning, and the impact this has on producing high levels of success.
"This would not have been possible without the dedication shown by all staff and governors at the college in ensuring students are stretched and challenged in their studies, enabling them to fulfil their true potential and successfully progress to university or into employment.
"Over the past few years we have also worked hard to develop strategies to create an inclusive environment that promotes equality and diversity, making it easier for all students to access learning and this was again highly praised by the inspectors.
"Our aim now is to continue to embed further improvements and ensure more students in the community are able to access the outstanding education and resources available at Walsall College to set them on their chosen career paths.
"Current students and new students looking to join us in September can be confident that they will be studying at a forward-thinking college highly recognised by Ofsted, for not only producing excellent results, but also for making sure students graduate with the qualifications needed to progress to higher education or the skills required in the workplace."
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SOURCE Walsall College