Fairfield Farm College (Fairfield Farm Trust)

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Fairfield Farm College (Fairfield Farm Trust)


Name Fairfield Farm College (Fairfield Farm Trust)
Website http://ffc.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 October 2015
Address 43 High Street, Dilton Marsh, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4DL
Phone Number 01373823028
Type Independent Specialist College
Age Range 16-25
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Wiltshire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

Fairfield Farm College is a residential and day independent specialist college operated by the Fairfield Farm Trust since 1975. It offers vocational programmes for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, in horse studies, farming, horticulture, hospitality, customer care, office skills, retail and enterprise as well as independent and living skills. Just under half of the current learners are residential. The college also offers weekend breaks, respite care and holiday activities. Since the last inspection, the college improved the on-site work-based learning opportunities within the café, farm shop, reception area and conference facilities. Classroom accommodation in other vocational areas was also redesigned to integrate teaching with practical activities.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Learners develop their confidence and skills well through good teaching, the high expectations of staff and a well-designed curriculum. The standard of work produced in practical areas is high; engineering and art and design learners’ work is particularly creative. Learners develop good employability skills through a wide range of activities, which also enable them to make informed choices about study and work options after college. Learners develop very good communication and interpersonal skills through working at the college reception, café and farm shop. Many learners make great improvement in their levels of independence and in managing their behaviour. Learners leaving college make good progress into paid and voluntary employment, higher qualifications and supported or independent living arrangements. The college has improved its viability and sustainability through decisive and appropriate leadership. It is not yet an outstanding provider Tutors do not measure carefully enough the progress learners make, and some of the targets set do not challenge the learners sufficiently. In addition, not all learners know how well they are doing. Observations of teaching and learning do not routinely identify the impact teaching makes on learners or what tutors need to do to improve their effectiveness. The self-assessment process does not identify effectively the college’s key strengths and weaknesses; nor is it used to set measurable targets to help the college raise standards and build on current effective practice