City of Wolverhampton College

Name City of Wolverhampton College
Ofsted Inspections
Address Paget Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0DU
Phone Number 01902836000
Type Further Education
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Wolverhampton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Governors, senior leaders and managers set a culture of high aspirations. They have rectified successfully most of the weaknesses identified at the previous inspection. Senior leaders provide a good level of scrutiny and challenge.

They hold managers and staff to account for students' and apprentices' achievements. Achievement rates for students on study programmes, for adults, and for students who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities have improved and are now high. Leaders have successfully developed excellent relationships with local and regional employers, resulting in courses that meet local and regional needs very successfully.

Students and app...rentices develop the academic, practical, and technical knowledge, skills and understanding they need for further study or work. Consequently, most progress into further study, higher education or employment. Students and apprentices have positive attitudes to learning.

They take pride in their work. They are highly motivated and develop confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding successfully. Students benefit from a range of highly effective support which enables a very high proportion of them to achieve their career aspirations and personal goals.

The proportion of apprentices who achieve their qualifications by the planned end date is too low. In too many instances, teachers and assessors do not take into account students' and apprentices' individual starting points when they monitor and record the progress that they make. As a result, a small number of students and apprentices do not make the progress of which they are capable.

The proportion of students who achieve higher grades in GCSE English and mathematics and in a minority of advanced-level subjects is too low. Students and apprentices have only a basic understanding of how the risks of radicalisation and extremism may apply to their daily lives and at work.

Information about the provider

City of Wolverhampton College is a general further education college based on three main campuses in Wolverhampton.

The college serves the city, with approximately 250,000 residents, and the Black Country with approximately one million residents. Wolverhampton and the Black Country have high levels of social and economic deprivation, and high rates of unemployment. The sectors with highest employment include manufacturing, health, and business services.

Around 35% of the city's residents are from minority ethnic heritages. The proportion of students who leave school with five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C (or grades 9 to 4), including English and mathematics, is below the national rate. The college currently has a small amount of subcontracted provision but is in the process of bringing this work in-house.