The College of Richard Collyer In Horsham

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The College of Richard Collyer In Horsham


Name The College of Richard Collyer In Horsham
Website http://www.collyers.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Hurst Road, Horsham, RH12 2EJ
Phone Number 01403210822
Type Sixth Form College
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority West Sussex
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
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1. The College of Richard Collyer is a sixth form college in Horsham, West Sussex. It caters primarily for students aged between 16 and 18 studying full-time on level 3 courses. As well as a broad range of Advanced (A) and Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level subjects, the college offers a small number of programmes leading to vocational qualifications at levels 2 and 3. It also provides courses at level 1 for students to take in addition to their main studies and as part of its adult education programme. The college is a partner in a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in sport. Of approximately 1,400 full-time equivalent students aged 16 to 18, around two-thirds enrol directly from three partner schools in Horsham. Most of these students enrol at the college having achieved well in their GCSEs. The college is located in a relatively prosperous area. Approximately 9% of the

Main findings

Achievement and standards Good: Grade 2 5. Achievement and standards are good. The vast majority of students at the college are aged 16 to 18 and studying advanced level courses. Overall success rates for these students are very high, reaching 90% in 2006/07, which is significantly above the national average and an improvement on the previous two years. On nearly all A2 courses, pass rates are 100%. Success rates are satisfactory for students aged 16 to 18 taking courses at levels 1 and 2, and for part-time adult students. Success rates for adult students taking AS level and GCSE courses at evening classes are low. Most students on level 3 courses enter the college having achieved well in their GCSEs. The proportion that achieves high grades in their advanced level course is above the national average but there are inconsistencies between subjects. For example, in both mathematics and music, students’ results were disappointing in 2006/07. In many subjects students’ progress is very good but, in a significant minority, too few students achieve the grades indicated by their potential. Students attend well and punctually. The standard of their work is good, with high quality work in many subjects. Quality of provision Outstanding: Grade 1 6. The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. Teachers are both passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects, and transmit their enthusiasm effectively to students. Good progress has been made in broadening the range of teaching techniques used throughout the college and many lessons are characterised by a wide range of learning activities and resources, including some very effective use of ILT. Good progress has also been made in ensuring that teachers pay effective attention to students of differing abilities in lessons. The internal lesson observation scheme and frequent staff development focused on pedagogical issues are effective in encouraging teachers to reflect on their classroom practice. Managers show a sharp appreciation of where the few pockets of weaker teaching are and are developing sound strategies to improve the quality of all lessons. Teachers mark students’ work assiduously and, in most cases, give very detailed feedback that helps students to improve. Students enjoy their lessons and many develop a real thirst for learning. 7. The curriculum offer meets particularly well the needs and interests of those students aged 16 to 18 who wish to gain advanced level qualifications and go on to higher education. At this level students have an excellent choice of over forty-five A2/AS subjects and also a smaller number of courses leading to vocational qualifications. Responding to local demand, the curriculum offer at level 2 provides students with the opportunity to take several different vocational courses and GCSEs in English, mathematics and modern foreign languages. Many students take these courses, or others offered at level 1, in addition to their main programme of study. The college meets the needs of local adults well with a good range of evening classes. The CoVE