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College group welcomes praise from ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection

Published: February 5, 2019

A college group in the South West is celebrating a positive outcome for a review of its accommodation inspection from Ofsted.

Her Majesty’s Inspectors gave The Cornwall College Group’s Bicton College and Duchy Stoke Climsland College an overall ‘Good’ rating, noting that students “thoroughly enjoy their college experience”.

“Students receive good-quality care and support from a dedicated team that has the students’ well-being at the heart of its practice,” the official report continued.

“One member of staff summed up their role by saying, ‘We are the stepping-stones for the rest of the students’ lives’.”

The inspection, which took place at Bicton College in East Devon and Duchy College Stoke Climsland in Cornwall in December, focussed on the accommodation and care provided to residential students.

The inspectors said students are provided with a wide range of activities on the college sites and in the wider community, and a particular “strength of this college is the consultation with and involvement of the students”.

“Students’ feedback is important and used to develop the residential provision and in the development of risk assessments, behaviour contracts and support plans,” it continued.

“This approach helps students to develop a sense of ownership, accountability and responsibility, and prepares them well for adult life.”

Residential Services Manager for TCCG, Esther Edwards, welcomed the “Good” Ofsted report.

“It is great to be recognised for how seriously we take our responsibility for the welfare of the students who not only learn with us, but also use our accommodation,” she said.

“The inspectors recognised how much time and effort is spent developing strong relationships that allow our learners to excel in their studies and feel supported.”

Leaders and managers were also praised in the report for having a good understanding of the strengths and areas for development of the colleges.

Principal of Duchy College and Bicton College Dr Phil Le Grice said everyone is delighted with Ofsted’s findings.

“It’s wonderful to know that students are enjoying their time with us and it is also welcome that parents can rest assured that their children are not only being looked after, but treated as individuals,” he explained.

“The report noted that students’ health needs are well met and that they receive the specialist support they need to meet their individual needs, including in-house support and access to external professionals.

“Our students progress onto rewarding careers and fulfilling lives, and we are proud of the part we play in their journeys.”

The report also highlighted that students said that staff listen to them and value their opinions, views and ideas.

“Students have developed strong relationships with the staff and spoke highly of the support, guidance and advice they receive from them,” it read.

“Students can identify several staff they would speak to if they were to have any worries or concerns.”

Other positives included the fact that with support from staff, students develop confidence and self-esteem, and they are enjoying their education experiences.

Inspectors also mentioned that safeguarding arrangements protect students and staff demonstrate a good understanding of protocols and have developed effective working relationships with other safeguarding agencies.

If you would like to find out more about residential provision across TCCG, please contact 0330 123 2523 or enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk



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