The College of West Anglia

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About The College of West Anglia

Name The College of West Anglia
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mr David Pomfret
Address Tennyson Avenue, King’s Lynn, PE30 2QW
Phone Number 01553761144
Phase Further Education
Type Further education
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Norfolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Managers and staff work very productively with key local stakeholders to develop a curriculum that meets local and regional skills needs well. Leaders have managed the college's finances effectively and this has enabled them to provide students with high-quality accommodation and equipment. Managers develop useful relationships with subcontractors to provide programmes of a good standard for students who will not access college-based education.

Classroom-based students of all ages make good progress in functional skills qualifications in English and mathematics. Assessors make particularly good use of their excellent industrial knowledge and skills to provide apprenti...ces with training that equips them very well for their workplaces. Managers and staff have developed an inclusive and supportive culture and, as a result, the college is a welcoming and friendly place to study.

Work experience and other non-qualification activities support students to prepare well for employment or further study; the vast majority of them progress to positive destinations. Too many students aged 16 to 18, whose main programme is at level 2, do not achieve their qualifications. Some teachers do not do enough to check that students understand lesson material, and are therefore unable to adjust the pace of lessons or address students' misconceptions.

Teachers often do not provide students, especially the most able, with work that is sufficiently challenging. Staff do not do enough to develop students' and apprentices' understanding of fundamental British values or of the dangers posed by radicalisation and extremism.

Information about the provider

The College of West Anglia is a large general further education college operating from sites in King's Lynn, Wisbech and Cambridge.

It offers courses from entry level through to higher education in all 15 subject areas, as well as a wide range of apprenticeships. School leavers in the areas served by the college attain a little less well than those in other areas of the country, particularly in English and mathematics. The college intake reflects this.

Among the local population, fewer individuals are qualified to level 3 or above than the national average. Wages in the region are lower, although fewer people than average are unemployed. The college has a relatively high proportion of students with significant health and educational needs.

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