New College Stamford

Name New College Stamford
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 February 2017
Address Drift Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XA
Phone Number 01780484300
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

The college is located in South Lincolnshire, adjacent to the counties of Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, from which a significant proportion of its learners are drawn. The majority of its learners are aged 16 to 19, but the college also provides programmes for adult learners and a small number of apprentices. The college offers programmes in 14 of the 15 subject areas, from entry level through to higher education. The proportion of local young people who leave school with a good set of GCSEs is similar to the national rate. However, the proportion of the local population educated to level 3 or above is slightly lower than elsewhere. Unemployment is around the national rate, with less employment in professional or technical roles. Average earnings are lower than those in England as a whole. Key employment sectors include wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, and health and social work.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider The principal, vice principal and senior leaders have established a culture of high expectations very successfully; this has imbued staff with a sense of optimism and purpose, and has led to rapid improvements in all provision types. Governors have a clear understanding of the college’s performance; they use this very well when challenging leaders and managers to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Leaders and managers have reviewed local and regional skills needs and have developed a curriculum that prepares learners and apprentices well for employment. Well-planned activities ensure that most learners enjoy their learning and make the progress expected of them, regardless of their starting points. Most learners and apprentices successfully achieve their main qualifications, and the proportion who gain an A* to C grade in GCSE English and mathematics is significantly higher than in other colleges. Most teachers use their expertise and experience very effectively to enable learners and apprentices to develop good relevant knowledge and skills that prepare them well for their next steps. Teachers give good feedback that provides learners and apprentices with a clear focus for improvement. The large majority of learners and apprentices develop pride in their work and confidence in their abilities. Learners’ and apprentices’ attendance, punctuality and behaviour are good. The quality of A-level programmes is not yet good enough; staffing difficulties have slowed the rate of improvement, particularly in sociology, English and media studies. In a small minority of vocational subjects, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment has not yet improved sufficiently. Too many learners and apprentices do not fully understand the dangers of radicalisation and extremism.