Shipley College

Name Shipley College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 February 2013
Address Exhibition Road, Victoria Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, BD18 3JW
Phone Number 01274327222
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils unknown
Local Authority Bradford
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 good because: Success rates on most courses and in work-based provision have improved dramatically since the previous inspection and are good. The majority of students stay to complete their courses and achieve very well. Teaching and learning are good with much that is lively and well-paced with a good range of activities that students enjoy. Students make good progress in the majority of lessons. Students’ behaviour is excellent. Relationships between staff and students are a particular strength. Leadership and management are good. The Principal and senior leaders have set high expectations for the continued success of the college. Systems to ensure continued improvements, especially to teaching, learning and assessment, are securely in place. Strong partnerships with employers and other stakeholders have led to a curriculum which meets the needs of the local community very successfully. This is a highly inclusive college that enables those who have been previously unsuccessful to achieve good results and acquire essential employability skills. Students enjoy coming to college and welcome the safe and friendly environment. Success rates on functional skills qualifications are around average for most students and a few pockets of underperformance in subject areas remain. In a minority of lessons students are not sufficiently challenged by the work or encouraged to achieve higher grades. The setting of challenging targets for students is not yet consistent enough to enable more of them to make even better progress. Learning support assistants are not deployed effectively in all classrooms. Governors are not challenging the college sufficiently on students’ achievements and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. This is not yet an outstanding college because: