KING’S LYNN: College delight at ‘good’rating in Ofsted report

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College students in Lynn can look forward to a bright future after a positive report by inspectors, officials have claimed.

The comment was made after the College of West Anglia (COWA) – which has one of its three campuses in the town – was classed as good in its latest Ofsted inspection.

The findings of the visit, which was made in January, were published last week and were warmly welcomed by senior managers.

Principal David Pomfret said: “I am delighted with this endorsement of what we do here.

“The clear judgement that students’ success and progress is good is a reflection of a professional and dedicated staff team.

“Following a major accommodation improvement programme, COWA students can look forward to a very bright future.”

The inspection assessed students’ achievements and the quality of teaching and assessment across a host of subject areas including health and social care, sport, engineering and visual arts, among others.

Lead inspector Deborah Vaughan-Jenkins said the proportion of students achieving their main qualifications was either average, high or improving in many cases.

She said: “Much effective teaching along with good support ensure the majority of learners make good progress and develop good specialist skills and knowledge that prepare them very well for their next steps in education, training or employment.

“Well-established links with schools, local authorities and employers ensure the college provides a wide range of courses that closely aligns to the skills needs of the local area.”

But the report said the expectations of advanced level students and assessments standards would have to be raised if the college was to be rated as outstanding in the future.

More also needed to be done to share best practices in lesson assessment,improve curriculum management and carry out more detailed analysis of attainment by all groups of students.