Seevic College has been praised for “rapid improvements” in its latest Ofsted report.
Ofsted inspectors praised “decisive and effective” action taken by the college’s new senior leadership team to improve standards at the campus in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.
They highlighted the “excellent” progress of students with high needs and said teenagers feel safe and enjoy college.
The report said: “Following the appointment of a new principal, rapid improvements have been made; although many of the changes are at an early stage of implementation, improvements to learners’ experiences are already evident.”
Inspectors cited innovative projects such as “Passport to Careers” which develops personal, social and employability skills, and “It's All About ME” which emphasises the importance of Maths and English in all subjects, as examples of excellent changes.
The report also highlighted the way the college teaches and supports students with Special Educational Needs. It said most learners with high needs make “good progress and excel” at the college – awarding a Good grade.
Seevic College Principal Dan Pearson, who joined the college in May last year, said: “We are pleased Ofsted has recognised the dedication of our staff and the innovations we have brought in.
“We are pleased Ofsted has recognised the dedication of our staff and the innovations we have brought in."
“When inspectors visited the college in December, they said rapid improvements have been made and the pace has not slowed since then.
“We have already identified areas of the college that need development and have a plan in place. We are heading in the right direction and that has been backed by Ofsted with this report.
“As a leading college for high needs learners in Essex, we are particularly proud that Ofsted identified the exceptional performance of our learners.”
Inspectors said students and apprentices feel safe at college and treat each other with respect. The personal development, behaviour and welfare of students was also graded as Good. Learners’ attendance, punctuality and attitudes to learning are good.
The report said the majority of learners produce work of a good standard and students take pride in the work they complete. Students also complete qualifications relevant to their future careers such as first aid or sign language.
Students also have good opportunities to take part in a broad range of interesting activities that extend their understanding of the subject.
Mr Pearson said: “I am proud to see Ofsted recognised the friendly atmosphere at our college and that our students are a hardworking, confident group of young adults.
The report also praised teachers for planning lessons to improve teenagers’ knowledge and skills. The college had 285 apprentices at the time of inspection and 93% of apprentices go onto employment or further study.
Inspectors also commended the “very high” proportion of students that achieve A* to C grades in GCSE English. Current students studying maths are also making good progress.
Mr Pearson added: “Seevic College is on a journey and this Ofsted report has come at the beginning of that journey. We have listened to the points Ofsted have identified and acknowledge that we have still got work to do to but we are well on the way to improving standards across college.
“We look forward to welcoming them back to see us continue to improve on our successes.”