WM College

WM College

Name WM College
Website http://www.wmcollege.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address 44 Crowndale Road, Mill Hill Road, London, NW1 1TR
Phone Number 02072554700
Type Further Education
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Camden
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Governors, leaders and staff have formed partnerships with organisations outside the college which they use very effectively to shape the curriculum. They ensure that the college is a welcoming place for local residents.

Leaders make good use of the funding available for adult learning. They target effectively those learners with limited or no formal learning, ensuring that learners gain valuable new skills. A high proportion of learners make good progress in their learning.

They develop self-confidence in their ability to succeed in their learning and in life. Learners benefit from high levels of personal care from staff across the college. Many learners who... have had personal difficulties return to living an active and purposeful life because of their studies.

Learners develop a good understanding of the cultural and social aspects of life in a cosmopolitan city. They enthusiastically embrace the different customs and values of their peers and British society. Teachers are skilful in relating learning effectively to employment and everyday life.

As a result, learners develop good skills for employment. The proportion of learners who achieve a grade 4 or better in GCSE English and mathematics is high. Learners on arts programmes make good use of high-quality workshops and studios to extend their skills and produce work of a high standard.

Leaders and managers do not have sufficiently detailed information on learners' next steps on completing their programmes, either within the college or elsewhere, or on how their current learning influences those choices. The proportion of learners who achieve their reading and writing qualifications in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) is low. A small proportion of teachers do not ensure that the most able learners develop new skills and knowledge or further develop their existing skills.

Information about the provider

The Working Men's College (WMC) is a specialist institute of adult learning situated in the London Borough of Camden. It is the oldest adult education institution in Europe. It has two centres in Camden.

WMC provides learning for adults seeking vocational qualifications from entry level to level 3 and/or art-and-crafts-based programmes for personal enjoyment and fulfilment. Provision is mainly part time and designed to enable learners to study alongside their work and caring responsibilities. Camden Borough is culturally and socially diverse.

Over half of residents are qualified to degree level or higher; the proportion of school leavers who achieve high-grade passes in GCSE English and mathematics is lower than the London and national rate. The proportion of households where residents are classed as 'workless' is significantly above the rate for London, as is the proportion of children who live in poverty. Many learners attending WMC live in wards that are among the poorest in London.