Burton and South Derbyshire College

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Burton and South Derbyshire College


Name Burton and South Derbyshire College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 September 2017
Address Lichfield Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 3RL
Phone Number 01283494400
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Staffordshire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

Burton and South Derbyshire College is a medium-sized general further education college primarily serving East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. It comprises two main campuses based in Burton town centre and a dedicated construction academy in South Derbyshire. The college provides a broad range of vocational and academic courses for learners aged 16 to 18, and courses for adults in these centres. Over two thirds of provision is for learners aged 16 to 18. The college offers apprenticeships within the local area. The college subcontracts provision to four partners, who provide courses predominantly for adults. The areas served by the college include four wards which rank within the top 1% for indices of multiple deprivation for England. More than two thirds of learners at enrolment have not achieved a GCSE at grade A* to C (9 to 4) in English or mathematics. The average GCSE score for the vast majority of learners on entry is grade D/3 and below. Unemployment in the areas served by the college is marginally lower than the national figure of 4.7%.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Leaders and managers have developed very strong employer partnerships that have helped to reshape the curriculum. Most courses now match closely with employers’ specific skill requirements. Consequently, most learners develop their skills successfully and progress to employment or further learning. Since the previous inspection, governors, leaders and managers have taken extensive and effective steps to improve provision. These include learners’ achievement rates and learners’ progress in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics. The proportion of learners aged 16 to 18, adults and apprentices achieving their qualifications in 2016/17 is significantly higher than in the previous year. Adult learners studying access to higher education qualifications, and advanced apprentices, have been particularly successful. Staff provide learners with highly effective additional support. Consequently, these learners make good progress, including those learners with high needs on vocational courses. As a result of extensive support and development for teachers, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved rapidly and is now good in most areas. Leaders’ management of subcontractors is good. As a result, most learners on subcontracted provision achieve their qualifications. A small minority of teachers do not have high enough expectations of their learners. Too often, they do not set work that is sufficiently challenging or provide feedback that is helpful enough so that the most-able learners can achieve at the level of which they are capable. On a small minority of study programmes and courses for adults, too few learners achieve their qualifications. As a result of changes to the delivery of English and mathematics, too few apprentices achieve their qualifications within planned timescales. Managers have not yet developed sufficient work-experience opportunities for learners with high needs.