|Name||Northern College for Residential Adult Education Limited|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3ET|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (17 June 2014)
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Summary of key findings for learners
This provider is outstanding because: A comprehensive package of excellent support ensures that all students achieve their potential regardless of personal barriers to learning such as disability, a history of substance misuse, previous offending behaviour or low educational attainment. Students’ achievements and successes are outstanding. All groups of students progress and perform equally well despite their starting points. Students develop outstanding personal, social and employability skills. Diploma students rapidly acquire academic and research skills that prepare them well for university. Inspirational tutors provide exceptional challenge and support which transform the lives of students and their families. Students develop good independent study skills and an appetite for lifelong learning. Inspirational leadership and governance have helped the college to realise its ambitious vision of providing outstanding adult residential and community education. As a consequence, it has helped to empower and transform the lives of individuals, families and communities. Outstanding assessment ensures that students progress at a pace that stretches and challenges them. The quality of written feedback on marked work is exemplary. The college’s outstanding partnerships with trade unions, local authorities and third sector organisations have helped it to meet students’ needs and transform communities and neighbourhoods, particularly in the most disadvantaged areas. Governors have an excellent understanding of the college’s mission. They use their wealth of experience to support and challenge the college’s senior leadership team to provide an exceptional residential learning environment. Tutors make exceptionally good use of interactive learning technologies and social media to help students learn. The college’s virtual learning environment and innovative library services are integral in developing students’ functional skills, as well as their research and study skills. Progression into further or higher education and employment is very good. The majority of students on the Access diploma programme have progressed from short courses and almost all diploma students go on to university study.