Croydon College

Name Croydon College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Fairfield Campus, College Road, Croydon, CR9 1DX
Phone Number 02086865700
Type Further Education
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Croydon
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (28 April 2014)
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Summary of key findings for learners

This provider is good because: Teaching, learning and assessment are good and have improved rapidly. Teachers have high aspirations for their students and develop their English skills particularly well, which is important in a college community where many of the students do not speak English as their first language. The college has an extremely strong focus on the very good development of students’ personal and employability skills through its outstanding volunteering initiatives and many other projects, which have a significant impact on the local communities in which the students reside. Students develop good practical and technical skills and are particularly adept at using specialist language fluently to demonstrate their knowledge of the subjects they are studying. Managers and staff have transformed the learning environment within the college very successfully, enhancing its reputation in the local community as a caring, safe and inclusive place in which to study. Leaders and managers successfully combine a determination to improve through strong quality improvement processes with a clear vision of how to raise the aspirations of the college’s local communities. Students appreciate the very good support they receive, particularly those who have additional learning needs. Whilst improving in most areas of the college, attendance rates are low and punctuality remains poor in a small number of subjects. In 2012/13, too few students aged 16 to 18 on level 3 courses completed their qualification successfully. Teachers do not consistently challenge students to achieve their full potential in lessons. The college does not yet offer sufficient opportunities for all students to take part in meaningful external work placements to enhance their work readiness and employment prospects. This is not yet an outstanding provider because: