Leeds City College


Name Leeds City College
Website http://www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Park Lane, Leeds, LS3 1AA
Phone Number 01133861997
Type Further Education
Age Range 14-99
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Leeds
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 February 2018)
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Information about the provider

Leeds City College is a very large general further education college with over 20,000 students and apprentices drawn from across the Leeds City Region. The provider is made up of a group of constituent organisations which include Leeds City College itself, Leeds College of Music and Keighley College. Each of these organisations has its own board of directors, which are accountable to a Leeds City College Group parent board. The college has seven campuses through which it delivers a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications, from entry level to level 4 in most sector subject areas. Leeds City Region is the largest city region in the country, with three million residents and 120,000 businesses. A lower proportion of the population in the region are qualified to level 4 and above than in the rest of England. Forty per cent of students attending Leeds City College come from wards that are among the most deprived in the country. A high proportion of students enrolling on study programmes at the college have no GCSEs in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider The chief executive officer, senior leaders and governors have addressed successfully and swiftly the main areas for improvement from the previous inspection. Senior leaders and managers have high expectations of the performance of their staff and support them effectively to deliver good quality teaching, learning and assessment. Staff have been highly effective in developing a curriculum that responds to the priorities of local employers for high-level skills and provides a route into employment for the most disadvantaged members of the community. The great majority of students and apprentices achieve their qualifications and progress into further and higher education or employment. Students with high needs and full-time 14- to 16-year-old students thrive in the highly supportive college environment and make outstanding progress. Well-qualified and vocationally experienced teachers and assessors develop students? and apprentices? skills for work to industry standards. Staff use a wide range of excellent resources, including innovative digital platforms, to motivate students, extend their knowledge and enable them to develop good independent study skills. Staff create a highly inclusive environment where all students are welcome, and diverse lifestyles and cultures are celebrated. Students, including the most vulnerable, know how to keep themselves safe from the risks of radicalisation and extremism. Too many current students and apprentices, including some who achieve their qualifications, do not develop higher-level skills and make the progress of which they are capable. The proportion of students achieving their qualifications at Keighley College is lower than that in the rest of the college. Too many students do not make sufficient progress on GCSE mathematics courses.