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‘Top marks’ for Tameside College
Monday 11th June 2018 @ 16:53 by Lee Wild
Ashton News Tameside

Tameside College and Clarendon Sixth Form College are ‘top of the class’ after being rated as “good” in their latest OFSTED inspection.


Students studying hard at Clarendon Sixth Form College

They were given the rating in all 8 categories, and special praise was given to both the quality of teaching and student’s achievement.

It’s an improvement from their last inspection in 2015 when the college was rated as “requires improvement” in multiple areas.

Investigators commended both colleges on multiple areas, including the role students play into creating a “welcoming and friendly atmosphere in the college” as well as rise in achievement rates.

The new rating puts the colleges amongst the very best general further education institutions in Greater Manchester.

It’s particularly good news for the Clarendon site, which has achieved the good Grade on it’s first inspection.

The report reflected positively on teachers at the colleges and singled out Clarendon, saying: “The quality of teaching learning and assessment is good, particularly at Clarendon Sixth Form College.

“Teachers and assessors are knowledgeable and experienced. They successfully use their knowledge and expertise to link theory to practice, which motivates students and apprentices to meet their learning goals.”

Senior leaders and managers were recognised for their “focus and relentless pursuit of high-quality provision for all students and apprentices” and for “promoting a culture of high expectations and inclusion.”

Jackie Moores, Principal and CEO at Tameside College and Clarendon With Form College, said: “We’re delighted with it. It’s been a long journey to get to good and our staff have worked really hard.

The new Advanced Technologies Centre at Tameside College

“I think we’ve got an absolute focus and a relentless drive on making sure that this is a college that’s run for the benefit of students. We try to educate the whole of the young person, it’s not just about passing your A-Levels.

“We weren’t due to be inspected until 2019 but we felt that we were in a strong position of being a good college. That’s primarily around results that our students achieve, we’ve got good, hard-working students.

“Our staff, whether they be teachers of support staff, have this absolute relentless focus on making sure we get the best out of students.

As well as the typical 16-18 year old students, Tameside College’s numerous part-time and mature students also received praise from the OFSTED inspector. OFSTED said: “Current students on A-Level and vocational courses and apprentices make good progress.”

In more good news for the College’s, they’ve been granted funding to rebuild their construction centre at the Beaufort Road site. It will mark the final stage of the college’s transformation of its campus which has included the launch of the Clarendon Road Sixth Form College, the Advanced Technologies Centre and the upcoming redevelopment of Market Square.