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HRC is delighted to have been awarded an Ofsted Grade 2 for Apprenticeships, Adults and Students with High Needs. 

The College is pleased that Ofsted recognises that there has been much improvement since the last inspection, that staff “promote high expectations” and that provision for apprentices, adults and students with high needs is good. Equally pleasing is that inspectors recognised that “Learners and apprentices conduct themselves impeccably during their time at college. They exhibit a high level of respect for each other and staff in their use of shared spaces, corridors, classrooms and workshops” and that, for our full time 16 to 18 students “The majority of learners progress to higher levels of study in their chosen vocational studies. For learners whose goal is higher education, the majority progress to their first-choice university.”

We have worked hard to ensure our apprenticeship provision is of high quality and this was noted by inspectors who said that “Apprentices work to high standards and are skilful in their trades” as well as the fact that they “make good progress in their job roles and are valued highly for their contribution to their employers’ businesses.” This is as a result of the fact that College staff “work very productively with the local enterprise partnership (LEP), employers and the local authority to ensure the college’s curriculum meets local employers’ skills requirements.”

A spokesperson said that “Whilst we are pleased that Ofsted have recognised the considerable improvements made over the past 18 months, we will not rest until all of our provision is judged to be of the highest possible standard and join areas in the College such as art & design, music, digital media and performing arts as being amongst the best college provision nationally.”

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