College named one of the best nationally

7th July 2011 12:53pm - Return to press releases

Photo. Students and Principal Derek Branton (centre) celebrate Beacon status.jpgEast Riding College has capped an excellent academic year by being recognised as "one of the best performing colleges nationally" in being awarded coveted Beacon Status by the national Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).
LSIS awards Beacon Status by invitation only to a handful of learning providers each year in recognition of outstanding teaching and learning.
The award follows an excellent Ofsted inspection in February which highlighted a number of outstanding features at the College, including its leadership and management and capacity to further improve.
East Riding College now provides full-time further education to more than 1,500 students each year, at its centres in Beverley, Bridlington and Hull, with some 20 per cent of learners coming from the city. 

Principal Derek Branton said: "This is a tremendous accolade for East Riding College and is a testament to the very high quality of education we provide to thousands of learners every year.
"It is great to see the progress we are making at the College in terms of improved success rates, excellent learning facilities and increasing student numbers is now receiving national recognition."

In making the award, LSIS highlighted:

  • An expansion in recent years which has resulted from the College's significant annual increases in the recruitment of 16 to 18-year-olds and its work with businesses
  • A consistent year-on-year improvement in success rates since 2005 which has resulted in it becoming one of the best performing colleges nationally
  • The finding by Ofsted in February that leadership and management and the capacity to improve were outstanding, with students described as making "exceptional progress" during their time at the College
  • Ofsted's commendation of staff's commitment to improving outcomes for learners for being "rigorous and unequivocal" 

In order to qualify for Beacon status, leadership and management must be graded by Ofsted as "outstanding" and inspection reports should have no grades less than "good" in all other areas inspected.
In addition, funding bodies must confirm that a college is well managed financially. In February, a financial health report by the Public finance Authority graded all aspects of financial management and control as outstanding.
The Beacon award was presented by LSIS chief executive Rob Wye at an awards ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
As part of the Beacon Status programme the College will be required to offer training events to other further education colleges to disseminate best practice.

Mr Wye said: "At a time when our sector needs to embrace fresh thinking and new approaches, the role of the Beacons is more important than ever because they set the quality bar so high.
"Here at LSIS, we value their input and vision enormously as we work together to help drive up standards and enhance the performance of the entire sector."

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