Ofsted praises ‘vision’ for teaching and learning at Seevic College

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

NickwebsiteOfsted has praised the ‘vision’ of Seevic College Principal Nick Spenceley, following a recent inspection of the College in April. 

Ofsted’s Inspection Report also noted some impressive results achieved by students at the College - while also identifying some areas for further improvement.

The Report, published on Tuesday 28 May, noted the ‘vision of the new Principal who, supported by a committed Senior Leadership Team, has a strong focus on improving teaching and learning and outcomes for learners’ while also identifying the ‘consistently high success rates on most A-Level courses’ at the College.

In addition, the Report also identified the ‘good’ teaching, learning and assessment on Sports, Visual Arts, Media, English and Modern Foreign Languages courses at the College, which ‘prepare learners very well for progression to employment and Higher Education’.

“I am impressed with the determination shown by staff to make this a truly great College." Principal Nick Spenceley

Overall, the College’s effectiveness was judged to be ‘Grade 3’. Areas identified for the College to improve upon included the attendance and punctuality of students, strengthening quality improvement and increasing the level of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ teaching and learning delivered by Tutors.

Mr Spenceley said: “I am impressed with the determination shown by staff to make this a truly great College. Ofsted recognised that we know what to do to produce the results our students are capable of. It’s old-fashioned stuff: ensuring good punctuality and attendance, and having high expectations of our learners. We have a fabulous bunch of students, and we will be working hard with them and their parents to make sure they achieve the results which will make us all proud.”

Mr Spenceley joined Seevic College in mid-January after spending seven successful years as Deputy Principal at Harlow College, which has for the last two years been the number one College in England for student success rates.

The College offers A-Levels, BTEC Diplomas, Professional Qualifications, Higher Education and Apprenticeships to school leavers and adult learners, and its Benfleet Campus is currently midway through a multi-million pound refurbishment. The project will see the existing main Campus building transformed with the creation of a new curved roof, as well as solar glazing to make the site more energy efficient.

Ofsted’s inspection team was led by Richard Moore HMI, who was supported by a team of eight additional inspectors. In forming their judgement, inspectors took account of the College’s most recent self-assessment report and analysed data on learners’ achievements for the last three years.

The College’s previous Inspection Report, published in June 2009, saw it judged ‘Grade 2’. Seevic College’s most recent Inspection Report can be read in full at www.ofsted.gov.uk

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