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Warrington & Vale Royal College rated Good by Ofsted


STUDENTS and staff at Warrington & Vale Royal College are celebrating after a recent Ofsted inspection officially commended the organisation as an overall ‘Good’ college.

The inspection found the college, which merged with Mid Cheshire College in 2017 to be inclusive  and rated good in various areas, including leadership and management, quality education, behaviour and attitudes and personal development.

Nichola Newton, Principal & Chief Executive of Warrington & Vale Royal College said: “I am very proud to be principal of this wonderful college and I am so pleased that Ofsted have recognised just how well we are serving the communities with whom we work.

“This is a huge achievement for our staff and students who have worked together at pace and with great focus and energy to succeed since the merger of Warrington Collegiate and Mid Cheshire College in Northwich and Winsford in 2017.

“To have achieved this excellent result and be described as ‘highly inclusive’ re-affirms my belief that we have become a college that the people of Warrington and Vale Royal can trust and justifiably be proud of. Quite simply, we believe in our students and we do the very best for them, inspiring them to achieve and this report is testimony to that.”

The report, which will be made public on November 11, observed that the college meets local and regional needs very well, providing a wide range of courses that ensures students and apprentices of all ages are well prepared for further study, employment or promotion at work. Areas of the inspection rated ‘Good’, include leadership and management, quality of education, behaviour and attitudes and personal development.

The inspectors praised the college’s “very caring and highly inclusive learning environment”, applauding the “excellent” relationships between students and their tutors and assessors and highlighted how the college “develops” young people and adult students as individuals.

The college’s industry-standard equipment was also identified in the report, enabling tutors to teach modern methods and techniques far beyond the requirements of the qualification.

This commitment to excellence was also demonstrated through the college’s personal development programme, with inspectors applauding the wide range of activities, work experience and internships which complements student programmes of study and develops students as individuals.

The report also commends the “excellent” conduct, respect and professional standards demonstrated by students and apprentices in classrooms and throughout the college.

These high standards are rooted within the college’s “highly effective” senior leadership team and governing body who work tirelessly to ensure that students have access to an “ambitious curriculum” within a safe and nurturing environment.

To find out more about Warrington & Vale Royal College and the wide range of courses on offer, visit the college’s website wvr.ac.uk or attend a college open evening on Wednesday 13th November 2019.


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