The Chichester College Group (CCG), which Haywards Heath College is part of, has received ‘Outstanding’ grades in every area of Ofsted’s recently reformed inspection framework.
The inspection took place at the beginning of March in the four colleges currently operating in the group, Brinsbury, Chichester, Crawley and Worthing.
The report was a glowing endorsement of the Group and all four colleges, which stated ‘learners are rightly very proud of their college’. It is only the second general further education provider in England to achieve unanimous top grades since the new framework was introduced and is the largest college group to achieve ‘Outstanding’ in every area.
Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive of CCG, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled with our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted result. Our ambition has been to ensure our colleges provide students with the best education and training possible".
Ofsted praised the dedication shown by lecturers, saying students ‘cherish the passion and subject expertise of their teachers’ and made special mention of the Group’s provision for learners with additional needs. Career advice and guidance at the Group’s colleges also received equally glowing praise from inspectors.
Paul Riley, Principal and Ben Frier, Vice Principal of Haywards Heath College issued a joint statement saying:
"We are both delighted to be bringing the practices and experience of the group to benefit the staff, students, parents and carers and employers that will become part of our new community in Haywards Heath from September 2020".
"The publication of this outstanding report and its recognition of the groups leadership and management, governance, exceptional staff, student experience and achievements is so inspirational for us both as we build the team and community at Haywards Heath College".
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