St Vincent College

Name St Vincent College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Mill Lane, Gosport, PO12 4QA
Phone Number 02392588311
Type Academy
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Lighthouse Learning Trust
Local Authority Hampshire
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (21 November 2018)
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Information about the provider

St Vincent College is a small sixth-form college in Gosport, Hampshire. It is part of the recently created Lighthouse Learning Trust. The college provides a wide range of academic and vocational courses from pre-entry level to level 5. Most students are enrolled onto full-time study programmes, with a large majority studying at level 3. Over 170 students are in receipt of high-needs funding. Gosport is a predominantly White community and has several wards with unusually high levels of economic and social deprivation. The proportion of school pupils achieving five GCSEs at grade 4 to 9 including English and mathematics is well below the regional and national rates.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Leaders and managers have maintained and improved the good quality of teaching, learning and assessment through a comprehensive and well-focused programme of staff development. A high proportion of students achieve their qualifications and go on to further education, employment or an apprenticeship. Most study programme students benefit from challenging lessons that result in students making good progress. Students studying on vocational level 3 courses achieve well and make outstanding progress from their starting points. Students benefit from very good careers advice and guidance that helps them to make decisions about their further education, training and employment. The proportion of students who achieve grades 9 to 4 in GCSE English and mathematics is higher than that at similar providers. The vast majority of students aged 16 to 18 who complete their programmes successfully progress to employment or the next level of study. Leaders and managers have a clear and effective strategy to develop provision that meets the needs of the community, including the most vulnerable students. Leaders and managers have created an ambitious culture for their staff, students and local community. Staff promote high standards. As a result, students? behaviour is exemplary. Students? attendance is still too low. Staff do not set clear targets for students early enough in their programmes. As a result, students do not know how to improve their work from the outset of their courses. On a small minority of study programmes and courses for adults too few students achieve their qualifications.