Long Road Sixth Form College

Name Long Road Sixth Form College
Website http://www.longroad.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 January 2017
Address Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX
Phone Number 01223631100
Type Sixth Form College
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage English is Not First Language %
Persisitent Absence %
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about the provider

Long Road Sixth Form College is a large sixth-form college situated on the outskirts and to the south of the city of Cambridge. At the time of the inspection, around 2,100 students were studying at the college. Most are under the age of 19 and are enrolled on courses at level 3, studying AS- and A-levels and applied vocational qualifications. A small minority of students are enrolled on level 2 qualifications. Cambridge has a fast-growing economy and low levels of unemployment, although there are pockets of deprivation within the city and the surrounding rural areas. The proportion of pupils from schools from which the college recruits its students and who achieve five GCSE qualifications at grades A*–C, including English and mathematics, is just below the national average.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider A good standard of teaching, learning and assessment in the large majority of subjects enables the large majority of students to achieve their qualifications and make good progress. Almost all students progress to a positive destination on completion of their programme, including university, apprenticeships and employment. Teachers deploy effective questioning techniques to check and extend students’ understanding of theoretical concepts and practical applications well. Teachers monitor and review academic targets with students through regular ‘learning conversations’, which ensure that students make the progress expected of them. Teachers, classroom support staff and progress coaches provide effective support that enables students who require additional help to make good progress and achieve their qualifications. Most students benefit from a broad range of enrichment activities that enhance their personal and social development. Leaders provide a broad and flexible curriculum that is responsive to both the ambitions of students and to local and regional employment priorities. Students are very respectful towards each other and staff and demonstrate a good understanding of multicultural life in modern Britain. The proportion of students studying AS- and A-level mathematics who are successful is too low and too many do not achieve or make the progress of which they are capable. Too many students arrive late for their lessons at the start of the college day.