Exeter College

Name Exeter College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 January 2014
Address Hele Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4JS
Phone Number 01392205222
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Devon
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for learners

This provider is outstanding because: Outstanding leadership, management and governance have improved teaching, learning and assessment and raised standards since the last inspection. College leaders have established a culture of high expectations in which lecturers are encouraged to innovate, and learners to have high aspirations. A very large majority of learners successfully achieve their qualifications and almost all learners progress to further education, training or employment once they have completed their course. Standards of almost all learners’ work are high, and in many cases very high. Learners attending the excellent provision in The Michael Caines Academy, the REACH Academy and the Flybe Training Academy produce exceptionally high quality work. As a result of the highly motivated, skilled and experienced staff, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. Lecturers provide learners with challenging work that prepares them extremely well for their next steps. The college uses its excellent links with schools, employers and other agencies to understand, and respond quickly to, the education and training needs of the local area. The bold strategy for improving learners’ English and mathematics is ensuring more learners improve their skills in these subjects. Excellent care, guidance and support for learners, particularly the most vulnerable, ensure that they make good, and often excellent, progress. Support for learners is very well coordinated and helps many overcome problems which would otherwise prevent them from learning. Specialist vocational courses, often using exceptional facilities, provide learners with outstanding opportunities to work alongside, and learn from, industry leaders and specialists. Programmes of support and professional development for lecturers have had a significant impact on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. As a result, almost all lessons are now at least good and many are outstanding. Managers use sophisticated data systems and a detailed knowledge of courses to identify any that need to improve. When necessary, they take swift and effective action to raise standards.