Southwell college given boost after Ofsted inspection

Brakenhurst Library - 081013
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An agricultural college is celebrating after landing a ‘good’ rating following a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors.

Staff and students at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences in Southwell were put under close scrutiny for four days by the education visitors.

The report says that managers had improved overall effectiveness, the outcome for students had risen in the past three years and their behaviour and attitude to their work was exemplary.

Based at the Brackenhurst campus,it provides college-level courses in agriculture, animal and equine sciences, horticulture and countryside management.

The report was an improvement on the previous inspection in 2012, when the school ‘required improvement’.

Professor Eunice Simmons, the dean of the school, said: “The inspectors commented very positively on the university’s focus on high-quality education to support an individual’s aspirations, particularly towards employment and they saw ample evidence of our further education students benefiting from this.”

Pamela Ellis, head of further education, said: “We have worked incredibly hard to check performance against targets, monitor the impact of teaching and learning on students’ progress, and ensure we are effective at implementing strategies for change and raising standards.”

The school was told that to improve further it must ensure outcomes for all students are more consistent, that attendance needs to improve, and that progression of students directly to higher education could improve.