North Kent College celebrates a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

PUBLISHED: 09:03 24 January 2018

North Kent College received a 'Good' rating from Ofsted. Picture: North Kent College

North Kent College received a 'Good' rating from Ofsted. Picture: North Kent College


North Kent College is celebrating another successful Ofsted inspection after being rated ‘Good’ a second time.

During an Ofsted visit on November 29 and 30 last year, the teaching, learning and assessment of the college, 
at Oakfield Lane in Dartford, 
was observed.

Principal David Gleed said: 
“We are delighted that Ofsted have again recognised the excellent work that goes on at North Kent College.

“As Ofsted highlight, our staff continue to offer a high standard of training and education that is relevant and beneficial both for learners and for local and regional businesses’.

“We are particularly pleased to see recognition that our learners are very positive about their experiences at the college and on apprenticeship programmes.”

He added that North Kent College has made a great effort to ensure quality of teaching is rigorously monitored.

In the report, inspectors found that “leaders and managers have developed a wide range of effective strategies to check the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the college”.

Mr Gleed was also pleased that other important areas had been judged to be sufficient, adding “not only was teaching praised, the college facilitates and resources, additional support and the students themselves were highly commended.”

The report stated “NKC continue to invest in accommodation and resources, to make sure they are of a sufficiently high quality to provide a positive learning environment for staff and learners.

“Most learners value the high level of support they receive and the opportunities their education and training creates for them.”

Inspectors also noted how the college has made significant investments in accommodation since the last Ofsted visit: 
“For example, they have set up the new hair academy, improved leisure facilities, and have introduced a new counselling and welfare service.”

It was also acknowledged in the report that managers have strengthened external links, 
such as with other local 
colleges, which has helped to assure the quality of provision across the college.

During the visit, students and apprentices written work was also reviewed along with lesson planning documentation.

Inspectors reviewed policies and documents, including those related to self-assessment, quality improvement, performance management and safeguarding.

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