STUDENTS ‘thrive’ at inclusive and supportive college, says a new Ofsted report.

Brockenhurst College, on Lyndhurst Road, has maintained its good rating, with inspectors praising the positive environment that staff have created.

The further education college, which teaches over 2800 young people, offers a broad curriculum including sciences, art, sport, and engineering.

An independence hub for students with complex special educational needs and/or disabilities has also recently been developed.

The ‘high-quality’ courses ensure that students have the essential knowledge and skills for their workforce by working with local partners.

The report said: “In level 3 engineering, leaders have adapted the curriculum to ensure that learners develop securely the mathematics and practical expertise required for industry and higher study.”

Inspectors found that learners and apprentices enjoy their studies and are highly motivated to learn because of the supportive learning environment.

The report said: “Most learners and apprentices develop substantial new knowledge and skills because of the high-quality teaching and support they receive.”

For example, commis chef apprentices take part in industry-standard training to help them consolidate skills in knife handling.

Inspectors also found pupils engaging with the students’ union to improve their college.

“Most learners and apprentices are well informed about relevant and contemporary topics, such as democracy, equality and diversity, and healthy relationships.

“Learners and apprentices are encouraged to become responsible and active citizens.”

Managers have developed a ‘purposeful and highly personalised curriculum’ for learners with high needs.

They work closely with secondary schools to plan their successful transition to college.

Principal and CEO Helen Odhams, who joined Brockenhurst College in June 2023, said: “We are proud of the findings contained in our recent Ofsted report, and to have maintained our overall effectiveness grade of GOOD.

“The report showed that the college continues to provide high-quality, all-round education for its students.

“This is testament to our hard-working staff, who deliver an ambitious, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students – it also reflects the enthusiasm and dedication students show towards their learning.

“We take pride in making a real difference to the lives and futures of our students. This Ofsted report is evidence of that, and I am delighted for the whole college community.”