BOURNEMOUTH and Poole College has been praised by inspectors as part of a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

The college's most recent Ofsted report has now been published, revealing a rating of ‘Good’ across all aspects of its inspection.

Ofsted highlighted the positive environment cultivated across all campuses, stating that students enjoy their time studying, while producing work to high standards.

The college was also praised for its strong relationships with local businesses and high expectations for students with effective teaching, which is responded to positively.

Phil Sayles, CEO and principal of Bournemouth & Poole College, said: “Bournemouth & Poole College has been given a phenomenal start to 2022 with this inspection, which endorses the technical education we deliver and the opportunities we provide. It states that students are taught and learn well in our mature and safe environment, enjoy their studies with us and progress into great careers or onto university.”

A strong ethos of mutual respect between staff and learners was acknowledged in the report, with this leading to a positive and calm atmosphere in well-structured lessons.

Bournemouth & Poole College’s apprenticeship work was also commended, providing a curriculum relevant to local and regional needs, such as expanding its courses to meet national skills shortages.

Mr Sayles added: “The inspection result recognises the work that we do with both local and national employers to deliver the skills training they need. It is fantastic to also receive feedback that states our apprenticeship provision is strong, delivering people into great, highly-valued careers, free of tuition fee debt.”

Students are passionate about the subjects they are studying at Bournemouth & Poole College and are enthusiastic about developing the skills and knowledge they need to be successful beyond their studies, the report noted.

Ofsted also praised campuses as being a place of safety for learners, with a positive culture safe from harassment and discrimination.

In order to improve on their rating Oftsted recommended staff recruitment and checks on other adults. The report said: "Colleges operate safe recruitment policies and adopt recruitment procedures in line with any regulatory requirements, having due regard to any relevant guidance issued by the Secretary of State."