Beaumont College - A Salutem/Ambito College

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Beaumont College - A Salutem/Ambito College

Name Beaumont College - A Salutem/Ambito College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 May 2016
Address Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA2 6AP
Phone Number 01524541400
Type Independent Specialist College
Age Range 18-25
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Lancashire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

Beaumont College is a residential independent specialist college owned and managed by the national charity Scope. It provides education and training for young people with physical or sensory disabilities and/or learning difficulties. The majority of students are from the north-west of England. The main college site is in Lancaster. The three satellite sites located in Carlisle, Blackpool and Barrow-in-Furness are recent developments and were established in response to local authority requirements for local non-residential provision. Following the college restructure in July 2015, senior leaders revised the curriculum to meet the needs of young people with complex support needs or health conditions and those with autistic spectrum disorders.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Good, sensitive leadership of the college encourages high standards, innovation and a very strong personalised approach to meeting the needs of students. The reorganised curriculum meets the needs of individual students very effectively. As a result, students make very good progress from their starting points and develop essential skills that prepare them for adult life. The wide range of sport, leisure and cultural activities offered improves students’ health, well-being and understanding of the world in which they live. Students who are able to benefit from work experience develop good employability skills and make a valuable contribution to the business or organisation where they work. Students are highly motivated and keen to develop new skills. They are enthusiastic about life at college and contribute well to college life and their communities. Training and development for staff is practical, innovative and quick to respond to the needs of individuals and groups of students. It is not yet an outstanding provider In a minority of sessions, the planning of learning for most-able students does not take account of their abilities and needs. As a result, learning is not sufficiently challenging or stimulating for them. The self-assessment and quality improvement planning arrangements are not fully effective in improving performance and raising standards. Relevant staff and students do not contribute sufficiently to evaluating the quality of the provision. Observations of teaching, learning and assessment do not thoroughly evaluate the impact of teaching on students’ progress and the standards they achieve.