We are delighted with the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection, with the College achieving the top grade in all three areas.

Leadership and Management theme

How much progress have leaders and managers made in designing and delivering relevant learning programmes that are clearly defined and tailored to suit the individual needs of learners?

Quality of education and/or training theme

How much progress have leaders and managers made in ensuring that learners benefit from high-quality learning programmes that develop their independence, communication and skills, and help them to achieve their personal and/or work-related goals?

Safeguarding theme

How much progress have leaders and managers made in ensuring that effective safeguarding arrangements are in place?

The categories of the progress judgement are defined as follows:

  • Insufficient progress: progress has been either slow or insubstantial or both, and the demonstrable impact on learners has been negligible.
  • Reasonable progress: the provider’s actions are already having a beneficial impact on learners, and improvements are sustainable and are based on the provider’s thorough quality assurance procedures
  • Significant progress: progress has been rapid and is already having considerable beneficial impact on learners.

You can read the full report here.

The Covid pandemic means that this has been one heck of a year in so many ways for everyone. We are pleased to have come through safely and in good health and the excellent Ofsted report is a reflection of the true team effort at our college, where everyone plays their part every day, including our great learners. We opened in September 2018 with ten learners, borrowed equipment and shared space. To have already now achieved the top rating in all three themes is great. We couldn’t have asked for better or more affirmative feedback from the Ofsted Inspectors.

What we have here at the College is very special – the combination of our culture & ethos and the skills, spirit, humour, resilience and creativity of everyone involved. We will all keep working hard, learning from each other and from others, and developing what we do so that we continue to be the best that we can be for our learners and their families – always!

Please do come and see for yourself how we meet our young people’s needs and how you may be able to work with us as we continue to develop more opportunities for our learners to lead fulfilling lives, be as independent as possible and all become confident, caring and contributing citizens in their adulthood.

(And please don’t forget that from September 2021 we will be known as The Oaks Specialist College. New name, same great place and provision!)

Gordon Tillman, CEO

Ros Leach, Head of College