Warwickshire College Group

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About Warwickshire College Group

Name Warwickshire College Group
Website http://www.warwickshire.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Group Principal & Ceo Mr Peter Husband
Address Warwick New Road, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5JE
Phone Number 01926318150
Phase Further Education
Type Further education
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Warwickshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider The principal and senior leadership team have set a clear strategic direction, centred on providing opportunities to improve learners' futures. Senior leaders managed the recent merger with another local college adeptly and sensitively. Leaders are highly effective at enabling the college to play a productive role in the local economy.

Most learners and apprentices develop good skills, produce work of a high standard and consequently are well prepared for their next steps in education or work; almost all progress to further learning or employment. Managers, teachers and assessors monitor the progress of learners and apprentices well, and intervene to support them effe...ctively. Most learners engage in appropriate, relevant work experiences or work-related learning activities that prepare them well for their next steps.

Staff and learners use information technology effectively to support learners and keep those who encounter difficulties engaged in learning. Learners receive good careers guidance that they use well to make decisions about their next steps. Too few learners make good progress in developing their written English skills, and the proportion who improve their GCSE grade is too low.

Attendance is not yet high enough at the sites of the former South Worcestershire College, particularly in English and mathematics. Teaching in a small minority of subjects does not provide the right level of challenge for all learners.

Information about the provider

WCG is a large general further education college formed from the mergers of several colleges; the most recent of these was with South Worcestershire College in August 2016.

It operates from nine sites across Warwickshire and Worcestershire. It offers programmes for learners aged 16 to 18 and adult learners in a wide range of subject areas. It also provides apprenticeships, with most apprentices following programmes in land-based or engineering subjects; smaller numbers are in health and social care, construction, information technology, hairdressing, accountancy and business administration.

Warwickshire and Worcestershire have a mix of urban and rural areas. Both counties have lower unemployment than the rest of England, more people employed in managerial and professional roles and a greater proportion of individuals qualified to higher levels. In Worcestershire, pupils leave school with similar GCSE results to the average for England; those in Warwickshire achieve better.

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