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We are Good with Strong skills and six Outstanding features!

Staff at Middlesbrough College celebrating

Middlesbrough College is happy to be rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

The College received a full inspection in February 2024 by Ofsted Inspectors who said, “Learners and apprentices benefit from highly welcoming and supportive learning and training environments and enjoy their time at College which they demonstrate through very high attendance”. 

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Summary of Grades

Contribution to meeting skills neededStrong
The quality of educationGood
Behaviour and attitudesOutstanding
Personal DevelopmentOutstanding
Leadership and managementOutstanding
Education programmes for young peopleGood
Adult learning programmesOutstanding
Provision for learners with high needsOutstanding
Overall effectivenessGood

The Ofsted report highlighted the following key strengths:

  • Learners and apprentices benefit from highly welcoming, inclusive, and supportive learning and training environments. 
  • Staff promote a positive culture of respect and care which learners and apprentices appreciate, and learners are supported very well to develop their confidence, sense of identity and character. 
  • The College makes a strong contribution to skills. 
  • Leaders and managers engage very effectively with key stakeholders to understand the skills needs of the local, regional, and national economy and plan their curriculum accordingly. 
  • Leaders and managers maintain a continuous drive for improvement in the quality of teaching and training across all provision types. 

Further key highlights from the report include:

  • Young learners benefit from high-quality work experience. They make good use of the opportunities to develop the professional behaviours and attitudes needed to progress in their chosen subjects and gain valuable job-related skills. 
  • Learners and apprentices benefit from very effective careers information, advice and guidance which prepares them fully for their next steps. 
  • The College’s vocational, academic, and technical curriculum is well-informed by partnership input that ensures a strong contribution to meeting skills needs. 
  • Learners and apprentices benefit from receiving training in vibrant learning environments that are very well resourced. 
  • Learners and apprentices with special educational needs and/or disabilities benefit from well targeted support and assistance which helps them easily access training. 
  • Learners with high needs make excellent progress in meeting the outcomes in their education and education, health, and care plans. 
  • Learners and apprentices produce a high standard of written and practical work. They make very good progress towards achieving their qualifications and acquire the substantial new knowledge, skills, and behaviours that they need to be successful in their lives. 
  • Governors embody the values of the College and are relentless in their pursuit of excellence. 

Middlesbrough College has a clear and unwavering commitment to ensuring the highest of student outcomes.  

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