Myerscough College rated as good in latest OFSTED inspection

Wednesday 29 Mar 2017

Myerscough College has been rated as good following its latest OFSTED inspection.

Myerscough was inspected at the beginning of March, with the findings now verified and the final report published. The inspectors praised Myerscough’s staff and governors for ‘’setting high expectations for learners and staff, with clear priorities to improve the quality of provision and develop the skills of teaching staff.’’

The findings go on to say: ‘’[The College] provides high quality vocational learning that responds to local, regional and national needs whilst maintaining a strong financial position. They have invested in improving resources to create a better learning environment, with purpose built accommodation for different curriculum areas, which are equipped to a high commercial standard. Learners continue to benefit from excellent resources, which teachers use well to ensure good development of learners' commercial vocational skills.

’High quality teaching and learning is the greatest priority for the College. The College has a shared culture of ‘opportunities for all to succeed’ through the development of an inclusive environment where diversity is valued by everyone. Teachers ensure learners with high needs make good progress through personalised programmes to improve their confidence and progress into further study or employment.

‘’16 to 19 study programmes are implemented highly effectively with high-quality work-related activities and purposeful work experience, while apprentices develop good vocational skills that are valued by their employers.’’

The five-page summary continues: ‘’Safeguarding is meticulous and thorough and staff have a full and detailed understanding in order to make appropriate interventions. Learners feel safe and understand how to keep themselves safe.’’

‘’The curriculum reflects the most up to date working practice, ensuring vocational skills are developed to a high standard. Teachers have high aspirations for their learners and use a variety of interesting activities to challenge and motivate them.  Learners enjoy their learning and make good progress towards achieving their qualifications. Standards of learners’ behaviour are excellent, while enrichment activities enable learners to develop employability and personal skills.’’

The OFSTED inspection team also noted the widening participation around all of Myerscough’s centres and saw how the College was truly inclusive.  The improvement in student performance was commented on and the ongoing investment from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Liverpool City Region.

The report also praises the College’s support staff for their provision of a highly active and accessible service for students, putting their well-being and safeguarding at the heart of all the college’s work.

Myerscough College Chief Executive and Principal, Ann Turner, says: ‘’I’m thoroughly delighted with the results of the inspection. As well as being confirmed as a good college, the inspectors have stated that we’re an improving college, on the upward journey.

’’This is a true reflection of our mission and the culture, which we all work so hard to provide. The inspectors looked at every aspect of provision and came to the clear conclusion that we are unquestionably a good college. The report recognises and acknowledges the hard work and commitment of Myerscough staff across the College and is further proof that we are an inclusive, and supportive college with high levels of student satisfaction, retention and achievement.’’

‘’The result is one to celebrate and to cheer about far and wide. This recognition is for all staff, everyone plays a key role in creating the culture where everyone feels safe, respected and valued.’’

’’It is wonderful for all the Myerscough community that all the hard work has really borne fruit and academic performance at every level, progression into employment or further study, sporting achievement and employer satisfaction with the work of the College are all at sector leading levels and ensure that Myerscough students completing their studies remain in demand with employers and leave College with the best opportunities for a future career.’’

‘’We will not sit back on these achievements but will build on these successes and deliver the best possible student experience.’’

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by Dave Salmon

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