Bridgwater and Taunton College

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About Bridgwater and Taunton College

Name Bridgwater and Taunton College
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mr Andy Berry
Address Bath Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ
Phone Number 01278455464
Phase Further Education
Type Further education
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Somerset
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Leaders' determined and ambitious actions are improving the lives of learners and members of the community. Employers, learners, other partners and staff are extremely positive about the successes already achieved. Improvements continue apace.

Leaders managed the merger of two large colleges extremely well to create quickly a clear vision, a common culture and a strong ethos across all campuses. Partnerships with employers and other stakeholders lead to excellent opportunities for learners. High-quality resources contribute significantly to the high standards of work produced by learners and apprentices.

Leaders' innovative approaches have developed a wide ra...nge of courses that meet very specific local, regional and national needs well. Governors are very well informed and their challenge to leaders, advocacy of local needs and knowledge of the college have been central to the college's rapid improvement and success. Welfare and support services, including those for safeguarding learners, are exceptionally effective.

The needs of learners with high needs are met very well. The programme of personal development – the 'BTC Advantage' – provides exceptionally enriching experiences for many learners and underpins the outstanding personal development, behaviour and welfare at the college. Most teachers plan and deliver programmes well.

Their teaching skills are enhanced by the carefully focused training and support they receive. The proportion of learners achieving their qualifications has improved on most programmes and is now high. It remains too low for adults on level 3 courses and GCSEs in English and mathematics for younger learners.

A minority of younger learners, particularly on A-level courses, do not make the progress expected of them relative to their prior qualifications. An exceptionally responsive curriculum meets the needs of adult learners exceptionally well, especially the most disadvantaged. Apprentices develop an extensive range of skills and knowledge and many extend and deepen specialist skills beyond the requirements of their qualifications.

Information about the provider

Bridgwater and Taunton College was formed through a merger of Somerset College of Arts and Technology and Bridgwater College in June 2016. The college has a separate campus at Cannington for land-based programmes and the National College for Nuclear, Southern Hub. At the time of the inspection, there were 14,149 learners and 2,451 apprentices enrolled.

A small number of learners aged 14 to 15 are enrolled on part-time programmes. These were not within the scope of this inspection. Just over half the funding received by the college is for 16 to 19 study programmes and around a quarter is for adult learning programmes.

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