|Name||Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||St Mark’s Avenue, Leeds, LS2 9BL|
|Type||Sixth Form College|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (16 April 2008)
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Description of the provider
1. Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College is the only Catholic sixth form college in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. The college was established in 1989, under the trusteeship of the Catholic Diocese of Leeds, and occupies a site close to the centre of Leeds. The college focuses on providing full-time courses for students from the Catholic 11 to 16 schools in central Leeds, but also recruits substantial numbers of students from other Catholic and other local schools in the surrounding area. Applications from Catholic students are rising and students from other faith backgrounds are strongly represented in the college. The majority of students come from Leeds, 29% are from black and minority ethnic groups, which is a much higher percentage than that for the local area, and nearly half come from areas of high deprivation. 2. The college has grown steadily since its creation and at the time of the inspection there were 1,422 students on roll with all but eight aged 16 to 18. The main curriculum provision is at level 3 and almost all students are on full-time courses. There has been some recent expansion of provision at levels 1 and 2. Student numbers are highest in science and mathematics, business, humanities, and social sciences. 3. The college’s mission is ?Building a Community on Faith and Trust’.
Achievement and standards Good: Grade 2 9. Inspectors agree with the college?s judgement in the self-assessment report that achievement and standards are good. There has been an improving trend at level 3, where there are most students, and success rates are now broadly in line with national rates for sixth form colleges overall and for A and AS levels. The college is more inclusive than many of these colleges. Retention is high and improving and is above national rates. Pass rates on most courses are at or above national rates. Success rates on a minority of AS courses are low. Well thought out strategies have been put in place to address identified issues at AS level and these are already showing signs of positive impact. 10. On A level provision almost all students make very good progress when compared to their starting point, and have done so for a number of years. On AS provision the majority of students make very good progress and there is an improving trend over the last few years. There are no courses with a continuing trend of underperformance. At level 2 there has been an upward trend in success rates and at level 1 success rates have been maintained at a very high level for the last two years. Students produce work of a high standard and their attendance is excellent. They enjoy their life at college and take a very active role in the college and broader community. Quality of provision Outstanding: Grade 1 11. The quality of teaching and learning is good. The self-assessment report correctly grades the quality of teaching and learning and clearly identifies areas for improvement, which managers are working hard to address. Lessons are well structured with a clear emphasis on ensuring that all students make good progress. During lessons teachers check understanding regularly, primarily through question and answer, and written worksheets. They encourage high aspirations and students are fully engaged and motivated to achieve. Analysis by college managers indicates that a high proportion of teaching and learning is consistently good or better. The lesson observation system has been improved and is rigorous and well understood by staff. Teachers receive detailed, constructively critical feedback which they value. A range of opportunities have been developed to enable identified good practice to be shared with all teachers and to support the development of their skills. 12. Assessment is thorough and well planned. Learners? progress is well monitored in most areas; however, the new electronic system needs to be better embedded in some areas. Teaching and learning bursaries have encouraged staff to pilot ideas to improve the overall learning experience of students. The peer lesson observation system has been extended. Improvements have been made in the use of ILT to enrich learning. Classroom accommodation is satisfactory and investment has been made in ILT to improve learning environments.