Ofsted says Sparsholt College students continue to experience good teaching and develop “outstanding” practical and technical skills with college leaders having “successfully improved the quality of the student experience and student outcomes”
In a strong endorsement of the college’s approach and achievement the inspectors noted that, since their last inspection in 2014 “leaders, managers and governors have continued to provide a consistent good quality of education for students” adding that the college had gone from strength to strength across the board having “successfully improved the quality of the student experience and student outcomes” with “improved achievements for students on 16 to 19 programmes, for the majority of adult learners and for those apprentices on programmes directly delivered by your staff.”
The report reaffirmed an unblemished track record of equipping students with the best teaching, facilities and industry links to enable them to achieve their goals at college and beyond.
Deputy Principal, Martin Simmons who worked directly with inspectors during the inspection said: “I am proud that our very high standards and our ambition for all students is recognised in this report. We set the bar very high at Sparsholt and work on balancing all of the elements of great practical facilities, inspirational teaching and support for students. We are clearly marching towards being acknowledged as an outstanding college.”
College Principal Tim Jackson felt the report was a resounding endorsement of the College’s commitment to excellence and said: “Inspectors saw the College operating in a normal way and validates our everyday commitment to exceptionally high standards and support for students. I am so pleased the skills, knowledge and expertise of our teachers, many of whom have national reputations in their specialist fields, was so clearly acknowledged in the report.” Tim went on to highlight the College’s important links with industry and said: “We already train the experts of the future and in addition to our excellent reputation in Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine and Veterinary Nursing, we have a well-established national and international reputation in many areas, including Fishery Management, Animal Management, Zoo Animal Management and Game and Wildlife where former students are now well established professionals.
To read the full Ofsted report for Sparsholt College, click here.
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