Huddersfield New College

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About Huddersfield New College

Name Huddersfield New College
Ofsted Inspections
Address New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 4GL
Phone Number 01484652341
Type Sixth Form College
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Kirklees
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider Under the exemplary leadership of the principal, the excellent management team has worked assiduously to develop and improve the quality of education the college provides, resulting in an outstanding experience for learners. Leaders and managers, together with teachers and support staff, have improved and accelerated learners' progress very effectively, so that the great majority achieve much better outcomes than prior attainment would suggest. The progress from their starting points of learners known to have been eligible for free school meals has improved very significantly in recent years.

These learners achieve exceptionally well on vocational courses. Lea...ders and managers have successfully addressed all the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection. They have developed a broad curriculum of academic and vocational courses that meets their learners' needs as well as meeting local, regional and national priorities.

Learners' outcomes are outstanding with very high success rates and excellent progression to higher education, employment and training. Teaching, learning and assessment are of consistently high quality, ensuring that learners learn very effectively, and develop a wide range of skills, including employability skills. Support arrangements for all learners, including those with high needs and other vulnerable groups, are exceptionally effective, enabling learners on different courses and from different backgrounds to achieve very well.

The college's inclusive ethos, excellent teaching and enrichment and high-quality support promote personal development, excellent behaviour and learners' welfare exceptionally well; learners develop into confident, articulate, respectful young adults who are very well prepared for their next steps. Equality of opportunity is central to the college's mission. Learners are valued for who they are and this in turn results in a respectful and harmonious learner community, in which all members accept each other's differences.

Governors take an effective lead in planning, and provide strong support and challenge to senior leaders to ensure that they maintain the drive for improvement. Leaders and managers have maintained the strong financial position of the college, to ensure that the quality of provision is sustained and improved further.

Information about the provider

Huddersfield New College is a sixth form college on a single site located to the north of the town.

The proportion of school leavers in Kirklees achieving five GCSE grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, is similar to the national average. The vast majority of the college's learners are aged 16 to 18 and taking advanced-level courses. The college offers a wide range of AS-level, A-level and vocational courses, with a smaller number of courses at lower levels.

The college has approximately 2,275 learners. The largest areas of provision are health and social care, science and mathematics, and sport. Other areas include arts and media, languages and literature, business, travel and tourism, social sciences, humanities and information and communications technology.