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Ofsted Good 

May 12, 2023

We are delighted to announce that, following our recent inspection, we have received a ‘Good’ Overall Effectiveness rating from Ofsted across all five areas; 

  • The quality of education 
  • Behaviour and attitudes 
  • Personal development 
  • Leadership and management 
  • Adult learning programmes 

It is also reported that the college makes a reasonable contribution to meeting skills needs. 

“Transforming adults lives through education is at the heart of life at Northern College and I want to thank all our students, staff and stakeholders for their unwavering dedication to achieving that aim.  

This report provides important recognition of the strong focus the College has on ensuring a bright future and embracing change whilst maintaining ‘a culture of care and empathy in an inclusive environment.” Emma Beal, Principal and Chief Executive  

“Northern College offers a unique education to adults across the region, and I am pleased to see the quality of the offer confirmed through inspection.” Mark Sanders, Chair of Govenor’s 

Highlights from the report include: 

‘Leaders and teachers promote a culture of care and empathy in an inclusive environment where students feel valued, supported and respected.’ 

‘Tutors have high expectations for what their students can achieve. Their encouragement and support motivates students to meet and, in many instances, exceed their personal learning goals.’ 

‘Students value highly the relaxed and friendly ambience that pervades the college and the opportunity to enjoy the building and its surroundings.’ 

‘Leaders and managers engage and consult with their stakeholders as they develop and plan a curriculum that prepares students to progress to the next steps in education or employment and to meet skills needs.’ 

Click here to read the full report 

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