PRESS RELEASE: OFSTED REPORT ACKNOWLEDGES GREAT IMPROVEMENT AT EPPING FOREST COLLEGE
Students and staff of Epping Forest College are celebrating its latest Ofsted inspection report, which acknowledges significant improvements made in recent months.
The inspection was completed on February 23 by a team of ten inspectors. The college says the report’s findings are a tribute to the hard work of all staff.
The report states: “As a result of improvements to the quality of teaching and learning, more learners achieve their qualifications than previously.”
Last year the college was rated as ‘Inadequate’ but now it has been found to have improved on all of its main grades.
CEO and college Principal Saboohi Famili said: “I am extremely proud of all the hard work put in by all staff who support our students to pass their courses successfully and go on to university or employment.”
Ms Famili is particularly proud of the way the inspectors highlighted, as a key strength of the college, that “leaders now communicate effectively their vision and high expectations”.
The report adds: “As a consequence more learners are making good progress.”
The inspectors also echoed a key priority for the college, commenting: “The majority of learners acquire technical skills and knowledge that prepares them well for their chosen career path or further study.”
Deputy Principal Philip Hall said: “I am delighted that the inspectors highlighted how our students understand the importance of learning the vocational skills that they will need for Higher Education and in the
A key finding in the report states: “Most learners improve their industry-specific knowledge and skills through work placements and work-related opportunities.”
The report also emphasises: “Teachers develop well learners’ skills for employment by using real-life activities that link coherently learning in the classroom to the world of work.”
Outgoing Chair of Governors Gagan Mohindra said: “This is wonderful news for the community which needs a strong local college to support local people and employers.
“I am very impressed with the commitment shown by governors, managers, staff and students.”
Mr Mohindra noted that the inspectors appreciated how the college’s students benefited from the extensive college resources.
The report states: “In practical lessons, learners enjoy their learning; they attend lessons equipped and ready to learn. Learners benefit from high-quality, well-maintained learning facilities and resources.”
Mr Mohindra also commented that employers also benefit from the work of the college with the report stating that “most apprentices develop good practical skills as a result of working alongside industry professionals in their workplaces”.
It added: “Most employers value the contribution apprentices make to their businesses.” Jake Forecast, Students’ Union President and a student of Level 3 Early Years Education & Care at the college, said: “The inspectors were very thorough and spoke to many students and staff.
“I am pleased they understood what a great college this is and how the teachers are doing the best for us to be successful.”
The inspection report noted “learners feel and are safe” and further comments included “teachers promote effectively respectful relationships between learners and learners value the diversity of the college community”.
Ms Famili said: “This is a great step on our journey to become a truly outstanding college.
“We fully understand what we need to improve further and all staff are committed to achieving the very best for our students, the local community and employers.”
The full report is available on the Ofsted website www.ofsted.gov.uk.
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