Newham Sixth Form College’s latest Ofsted inspection has praised the college for being outstanding in their provision for personal development, behaviour and welfare. Students were found to achieve excellent results at the college. The report highlighted that “the proportion of students who successfully achieved their qualifications was high” with many students achieving top grades.
The report, published on the Ofsted website today (22 January 2019) confirms NewVIc as a diverse and collaborative community with excellent academic success, personal development and progression.
Ofsted commented on how students “benefit significantly” from the specialist A Level Honours programme and how “students on vocational programmes make good progress”. Many students we found to progress to university with an increasing number securing high level apprenticeships.
NewVIc’s expert teaching was celebrated with teachers being described as “very enthusiastic” practitioners who “motivate students to have high aspirations and make good progress”. Teachers’ dedication to students resulted in the majority of students meeting or exceeding their expected grades.
Inspectors were particularly impressed by the college’s focus on personalised support, unique opportunities, and tailored skills development. The extensive programme of sports and other enrichment activities such as debating; sports clubs; women’s club and voluntary work was found to be extremely popular with many students participating.
NewVIc principal and chief executive Mandeep Gill commented:
“I’m delighted that Ofsted has recognised NewVIc’s outstanding contribution to education in the borough. As a college, we are very proud of our broad offer and the wide ranging achievements of students with different abilities and ambitions. I am very much in favour of giving every student the opportunity to achieve on their terms. Our outstanding judgement reflects this.”
Inspectors gave emphasis to how much students enjoy life at NewVIc and noted the college’s warm, happy and welcoming environment. Inspectors described student behaviour as “courteous to each other and to staff” and commended the college for ensuring “that there is a culture of tolerance, respect and safety for all students.” Inspectors also praised the college for the individual support and care given to students, including those requiring additional learning support and complex needs.
Looking to the future, Mandeep Gill added:
“NewVIc will continue its drive to meet the needs of all young people, giving each and every one a chance to create the future they want for themselves. Whether that is a place at Oxford or Cambridge; an English or maths GCSE; an apprenticeship; or a first ever qualification, NewVIc will continue to offer the most inclusive, exciting and engaging post-16 education experience for all the young people in Newham.”
Key strengths from the report:
● Outstanding personal development
● Outstanding support and welfare
● High and increasing proportion of student achievement
● High grades on vocational courses
● Good outcomes for learners
● Excellent access to work experience
● Good teaching, learning and assessment
● High-quality careers advice and guidance
● Extensive programme of sports and enrichment
● Strong student voice
● Collaborative and inclusive ethos
● Good leadership and management
● Strong partnerships with employers and universities
● High-quality facilities and resources