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Staff and governors of Bath College are celebrating a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, following a merger and the appointment of a new Principal.


Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive at Bath College says, “the excellent Ofsted report is a credit to both the staff and students of Bath College.


“I am delighted that the inspectors have recognised the hard work and dedication of our Governors and staff, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the positive effect this has had on our student achievement rates.


“I am particularly proud of our learners, whose behaviour was recognised as being “excellent and respectful” with “attitudes [that] equip them well” for the world of work. There are so many positive comments in the report that it is difficult to highlight just a few.


“It is a report that everyone associated with the College can be proud of.”


The inspection was received positively by staff and students at the College who saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate the College’s strengths, particularly around employability where lecturers were described as having an ‘exceptional focus’.


The ‘Summary of key findings’ acknowledged that, “a high proportion of learners obtain employment in the area they have studied, or move on to higher levels of education and training, including apprenticeships and university. In addition, it was noted by Ofsted that Learners’ behaviour is excellent and respectful. They work well with college staff to create a culture that is warm and welcoming. Learners also receive good teaching and learning, and managers provide a diverse range of courses and apprenticeships for learners and employers.”


The inspectors were impressed with the “high-quality, industry-standard facilities” spread across both campuses and believe that the strong relationships with partners, stakeholders and local employers contribute very effectively to the development of courses and resources.


Chair of Governors, Carole Stott said, “we’re delighted that the inspectors’ report shows that BANES has a college to be proud of.


“Inspectors recognised that in successfully creating the new Bath College we have built strong partnerships with local businesses and the community and that our students are overwhelmingly successful in achieving their qualifications and getting employment.


“It’s really pleasing also to see the respectful, warm and welcoming atmosphere of the college was recognised.”


For the full report please download a copy or visit Ofsted’s website.


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