|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||03 October 2017|
|Address||Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1NH|
|Type||General Further Education and Tertiary|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the provider
Fareham College is a large general further education college situated on the south coast of Hampshire. More young people in Fareham and Gosport achieve better GCSE results than the national and county average and a large majority continues into further education. Unemployment is relatively low. The proportion of the local population from a minority ethnic group is very low. Just over half of the college’s provision consists of study programmes, and apprenticeships make up around one third. Adult programmes account for less than 10% of the provision. The number of students on a traineeship programme is very small, as is the number with high needs. In 2014, college leaders opened a second campus in Lee-on-the Solent, in collaboration with large regional employers. This provides technical and professional training, including apprenticeships, in a range of engineering specialisms such as automotive, marine, aeronautics and motor sports.
Summary of key findings
This is an outstanding provider Senior leaders and managers, including governors, have an ambitious vision for the college; the curriculum closely aligns with local and regional employer and community needs and provides excellent technical and professional opportunities for students and apprentices. Excellent and well-established partnerships with employers create a broad range of opportunities, particularly in specialist engineering subjects, and these meet local, regional and national needs very well. Particularly effective performance management of teachers results in consistently high quality and engaging learning sessions that students and apprentices enjoy. Governors use their expertise and skills effectively to secure the college’s financial health and to promote the highest aspirations and standards for students and staff. Teachers and assessors prepare students and apprentices for their next steps in education and training and almost all progress into further or higher education, employment or an apprenticeship. Senior leaders have very high expectations of all students regardless of their age, starting point or previous attainment. As a result, students and apprentices have an excellent attitude to work and study and take pride in their achievements. Students and apprentices make very good progress from their starting points, in achieving their qualifications, and in gaining excellent technical and professional skills. The college’s modern and well-equipped centre of excellence in engineering, manufacturing and advanced skills training provides an excellent training environment that reflects the highest commercial standards. Students and apprentices develop good skills in English and mathematics but achievement in these subjects is not as high as it should be, especially for adults.