Lancaster and Morecambe College 'thrilled' with new Ofsted report

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Staff, students and governors at Lancaster and Morecambe College are celebrating their latest Ofsted inspection which has recognised the improvements introduced since their previous visit in 2018.

A team of Inspectors spent four days on the campus in early March and undertook a comprehensive inspection of all aspects of College life, concluding that students were keen to learn, felt fully supported and were prepared to progress onto employment and higher education.

The college was rated 'good' overall

Principal, Wes Johnson said: “I am thrilled that the inspection team from Ofsted recognise that the College is delivering on the commitments made in our strategic plan – to be shaped by our employers, to be rooted in our community and to deliver positive outcomes for all.

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Staff at Lancaster and Morecambe College.Staff at Lancaster and Morecambe College.
Staff at Lancaster and Morecambe College.

"During my three years at the College I have really valued the fantastic commitment of our wonderful team in delivering the best outcomes for our College and community; great credit has to be paid to all staff, students and governors in achieving this outcome.”

Inspectors applauded the College’s inclusive curriculum, which fully meets the needs of employers, learners and apprentices and incorporates sector-specific work placements and careers guidance.

They noted the strong and sustainable relationships the College continues to develop with local community groups and businesses, highlighting central role as a strategic partner with Eden Project North.

Staff were praised for helping to build confidence and motivate learners, fostering a calm, safe and respectful environment and providing effective and skilful support.

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The college received a 'good' report from Ofsted.The college received a 'good' report from Ofsted.
The college received a 'good' report from Ofsted.

The inspection team met a wide range of students and apprentices during their 4-day visit, including a number of adult learners, and were impressed with their commitment and enthusiasm.

“Learners say that they have fallen in love with learning again and their programmes help them to achieve their full potential," they commented.

Clare Povah, the Chair of Governors at Lancaster & Morecambe College said: "The Board of Governors is absolutely delighted with the Good outcome from the recent Ofsted inspection.

"This recognises the significant improvements made over the past few years.

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"It is the tremendous commitment, hard work and positive attitude of the College's staff and students that has led to this result and, on behalf of the Board, I thank all the staff and students for making this happen."

Last month the latest national apprenticeship achievement data placed Lancaster & Morecambe College in the Top 20 FE Colleges in the country.

Charlotte Rawes, Director or Apprentices and Employer Engagement, said: “Ofsted rightly recognised the excellent success and achievement of our apprenticeship provision and I am proud that we have increased our apprenticeships provision over the last 18 months by 22%, whilst continuing to improve the quality and achievement rates.

"The Ofsted 'Good' judgement fully endorses our apprenticeship and employer led provision, and these are fantastic results which we will continue to build on, working closely with local businesses across all sectors.”

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Currently, college courses are being taught on-line and managers are consulting with all staff to develop strategies to ensure that appropriate systems are in place for the new academic year.

Applications for September 2020 are being processed daily and the college is introducing a range of on-line advice sessions and virtual open days, for prospective students and parents.

Wes Johnson added: “The strength and commitment of the Lancaster & Morecambe College community continues to shine through since our inspection.

"I am proud that, during the Covid-19 lockdown, the College has remained open every day to meet the needs of its most vulnerable students, manufactured masses of PPE for local health and social care providers and, in partnership with Eggcup, has produced over 400 ready meals per production day for the most vulnerable in our community.

"We look forward to welcoming existing and new students back into college once the lockdown situation safely allows, as they continue progressing toward their chosen careers.”