Ashton Sixth Form College was inspected in March 2016 and inspectors found that the college has maintained its high standards since it was last rated as ‘Good’ in 2011. The overall effectivess of the college was recognised as Good in all areas. This  confirms Ashton Sixth Form College’s position as the best provider of post 16 education in the borough, being the only provider to achieve an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’.

In the summary of key findings, the inspectors commented that “governors, leaders and staff have high expectations and ambitions for learners and successfully raise learners’ aspirations. Learners experience a strongly inclusive ethos in the college which recognises and celebrates the achievement of all”.

Good teaching and learning, teachers’ subject expertise and experience, exceptional pastoral and additional learning support and effective careers guidance all helped the college to make the grade. “Good teaching, learning and assessment exist across the college” inspectors commented. “Teachers have high expectations of their learners and use their expertise and experience skilfully and create innovative and exciting activities to inspire learners”.

The report also recognised the great majority of learners who “progress successfully to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship”. Inspectors commented that “careers guidance is particularly effective in enabling learners to make fully informed decisions about their next steps”. Students coming to the college receive “comprehensive and helpful” information, advice and guidance to ensure a “smooth transition from school to college and “individual needs and career aspirations are met”.

Support for students is heavily praised in the report “Learners benefit from exceptionally good pastoral and individual support and Additional Learning Support. There is quick identification of those who need extra help, with a range of highly effective support on-hand, all of which is valued highly by learners”.

The college takes very seriously safeguarding arrangements and learners say they “feel very safe in college”.  Inspectors found that the college was “very effective in ensuring all learners are safe from all risks including those of radicalisation and extremism”. Learners are in the hands of “highly trained staff who deal swiftly and decisively with issues. Recording and evaluation of incidents are exemplary; there has been proactive implementation of the ‘Prevent duty’ and exceptional training of governors, staff and learners”.

The Principal, staff and students are all really proud of the recent inspection report which indicates that the college is heading in the right direction to become outstanding overall.

 The key findings in the report:

  • Governors, leaders and staff have high expectations and ambitions for learners and successfully raise leaner's aspirations.
  • Learners experience a strongly inlusive ethos in the college which recognises and celebrates the achievement of all.
  • Most of the students at Ashton Sixth Form College achieve well and a high proportion exceed their target grades.
  • Safeguarding arrangements are very effective in ensuring that learners are safe.There is proactive implementation of the 'Prevent' duty and exceptional training of governors, staff and learners. 
  • Learners make good progress in acquiring the personal, social and work-related skills that they need for their future careers.
  • Careers guidance is particularly effective. The great majority of learners progress successfully to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.
  • Learners benefit from exceptionally good pastoral and individual support and Additional Learning support.
  • Teachers use their expertise and experience skillfully; they create innovative and exciting activities to inspire learners.
  • Teachers support students well to develop personal and social skills and integrate equality and diversity very successfully in to their lessons

The Ofsted report for Ashton Sixth Form College is published here on the Ofsted website.