Runshaw College


Name Runshaw College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Langdale Road, Leyland, PR25 3DQ
Phone Number 01772622677
Type Further Education
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Lancashire
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (21 May 2008)
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Description of the provider

1. Runshaw College is a tertiary college situated in the area of South Ribble and Chorley in Lancashire. The area experiences low levels of unemployment but also has pockets of deprivation. In 2006/07, the college enrolled 7,400 students, of whom 4,200 were full-time and mainly aged 16 to 18. About 490 students were enrolled on higher education (HE) courses and over 200 on apprenticeship programmes. Over 4% of students are from minority ethnic groups, which is higher than the proportion in the local population. The college has substantial provision in most curriculum areas. 2. In 2007, 68% of the areas school pupils achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE. The college is the destination for around 70% of school-leavers in Chorley and South Ribble. A large number of post-16 providers of education and training operate nearby. The college operates from three major sites: a sixth form centre, an adult college and business centre, and a town centre site. Community-based provision is available at a number of outreach centres. A bus equipped with information technology (IT) facilities brings learning to outlying areas. The college has two Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs): one in leadership and management and an information technology for business CoVE. 3. The college aims to provide a wide range of learning opportunities and a supportive environment where each individual feels valued, and to provide all its students with first class facilities. Runshaw is a Beacon college and has won several awards, including a United Kingdom Business Excellence Award and a European Quality Award.

Main findings

Achievement and standards Outstanding: Grade 1 10. Inspection confirmed the college judgement that achievement and standards are outstanding. The standard of work produced by the majority of students is very high. Success rates for students aged 16 to 18 are well above national benchmarking data for courses at all levels. In 2005/06, this placed the college at the top of national performance tables for colleges of a similar type and success rates have continued to improve in 2006/07. On General Certificate of Education (GCE) A level courses, the proportion of students gaining grades A to B has risen each year for the last three years and is well above the national average. Success rates on this provision are above the national rate for sixth form colleges. Results on vocational courses for students aged 16 to 18 are equally outstanding. The value added to students’ previous levels of attainment is excellent. The college has addressed the weakness in key skills achievement identified at the last inspection and the proportion of students achieving these qualifications is high. Achievement on courses for students aged 14 to 16 is outstanding and many of these students progress to further courses at the college. 11. Success rates for students aged 19+ are well above the national average at levels 2 and 3. Success rates on level 1 courses for adults, which is a relatively small proportion of the college’s provision, were satisfactory in 2006/07. Retention on these courses is good and there is evidence of improving achievement in 2008. 12. Achievement for trainees on work-based learning courses is good. In 2006/07, success rates for advanced apprentices were very good and for apprentices they were above the national average for the previous year. In Train to Gain, there are good success rates on much of the provision, although there was some variability across programme areas in 2006/07. Work in place to address this and to further improve timely success rates, is showing positive impact in 2008. 13. The personal development of students is exceptional. Students speak with great enthusiasm about their achievement at college and attendance is very good. They acquire a good range of skills to help them at university or in the workplace. Students adopt healthy lifestyles and make an excellent contribution to the life of the college and to the wider community. There is extensive celebration of students’ achievement. Student progression to higher education, further education or training is excellent. Quality of provision Outstanding: Grade 1 14. Inspectors agree with the college judgement that the quality of provision is outstanding. It has continued to invest significant resources to maintain high standards since the last inspection and the quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. The college has pushed the boundaries in developing innovative