Rochdale Sixth Form College

Name Rochdale Sixth Form College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 March 2013
Address College Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 6HY
Phone Number 01706769800
Type Academy
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Altus Education Partnership
Local Authority Rochdale
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for learners

This college is outstanding because: Students make excellent progress and most achieve their A-level qualifications and progress to university. A culture of high expectations permeates the college at all levels; students enjoy lessons and their attendance and punctuality are excellent. Teaching is energetic and often inspirational and builds students’ confidence to achieve their potential. Lessons start promptly with a good pace that promotes a vibrant learning environment and strong work ethic. Teachers use a wide range of interactive activities and skilful questioning to engage and challenge students, and progress in lessons is very good. Assessment is outstanding; teachers provide very detailed written feedback on marked work and give clear advice on how to improve. Students’ individual progress is monitored very closely; prompt and effective action is taken to improve the performance of individual students who are not achieving their high target grades. Particular attention is given to improving the quality of students’ written work. Students develop a good understanding of subject specialist terminology and use it well to apply to different contexts and examination questions. Teachers routinely correct students’ spelling and punctuation errors. Support for students is excellent. Initial assessment is used very effectively to provide highly individualised and focused support. Work outside lessons effectively develops students’ independent learning skills. Students receive outstanding information, advice and guidance from personal tutors to help them progress to higher education or an apprenticeship but opportunities for work experience to support learning are limited. Outstanding leadership, excellent communications and exceptional governance are all focused on a determination to meet the needs of the local community and ensure students do well. Performance management is rigorous and transparent with high levels of accountability. Quality assurance processes are thorough and effectively raise standards. Students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds work together very well in a culture of mutual respect where individual success is valued highly by the whole college.