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College praised in Ofsted report
ONE of country’s leading sixth form colleges has been rated as good by Government inspectors.
Colchester Sixth Form College was praised for the quality of its teaching and rich curriculum.
However, the rating fell from 2007 when it was classified as outstanding.
Principal Ian MacNaughton said he was pleased with the positive comments made in the assessment but said he felt the college had been penalised by Ofsted’s new criteria.
“Our results dates was signficantly stronger in 2012/3 than in 2007.
“However, the current Ofsted is undoubtedly narrower and is not looking at the overall student experience in the same way.”
The college was rated as good for its quality of teaching and learning programmes in science, social sciences, English and modern foreign languages while the quality of teaching for Maths and statistics was described as outstanding.
However, the report also said the college, which educates more than 3,000 16 to 19-year-olds, had to address the issue of overcrowding.