Kingston Maurward College were celebrating this week following a recent Ofsted inspection that confirmed them to be a ‘good’ College. Principal, Luke Rake, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome for the College, which recognises the successes of our community and the fact that virtually every student progresses from here at the end of their course into employment or further study. As the only remaining independent land-based college in the south west peninsula, it is really important to me that Dorset has strong provision in our areas of expertise.”
The report noted that the College has ‘developed a nurturing, respectful and collaborative culture that encourages learners and staff to work together’ and that ‘students and apprentices develop good practical skills which are highly valued by them and by employers’. It also noted that ‘Learners develop good levels of confidence in their own skills and knowledge’, and that ‘Learners are well-behaved, eager to learn and committed to their learning’.
It refers to the College’s ‘good progress’ since the last inspection in 2014 and that ‘senior leaders have increased the rigour in accountability and performance monitoring since the previous inspection’. The recent Ofsted inspection of the Dorset Studio School on the shared Kingston Maurward campus, which was also graded ‘good’ in all areas, demonstrates a very strong offer from 14+ across the entire 750 acre estate, and the two institutions work closely to ensure students of every age succeed.
Jim Tirrell, Chair of Governors, said: “We are very happy to have retained our status as a ‘good’ college, through the continuing hard work of all the staff and students, in what continues to be challenging times for all education providers. This is now a springboard to help us continue to grow and strive to achieve an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ judgement when Ofsted visits us again.”
The report goes on to highlight the College’s investment in resources, stating that ‘since the previous inspection, in collaboration with the local enterprise partnership with whom you and your team work closely, you have continued to invest in high-quality facilities which benefit learners and reflect industry standards.’ It concludes with reference to student welfare, saying ‘staff promote health, fitness and well-being, including mental well-being and resilience.’
Luke, who joined the College last year, continued: “Inspections are always helpful to highlight the next step, and Ofsted confirmed we knew what our next steps would be to improve even further, and that our own self assessments were accurate. We grew our student numbers this September against a falling demographic for the first time in several years, this summer was a record year for visitors to the Kingston Maurward, and there are increasing numbers of young people and parents visiting the College to discover their next steps in education. Our next Open Morning is on Saturday November 11th, and this is already filling up fast.”