Eastleigh College House ‘Outstanding’

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Staff and students of Eastleigh College celebrate the outcome of their latest Ofsted Assessment

Three years after being assessed as ‘Outstanding’, the highest achievable grade, Eastleigh College’s College House is once again celebrating an ‘Outstanding’ result following its latest Ofsted inspection.

The short-notice full inspection found the quality of the College’s provision has improved further, with ‘Outstanding’ grading across all four key areas; Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, Organisation and Every Child Matters.

A nationally unique provision, Eastleigh College integrates the full-time Skills for Independence and Work course, developed specifically for young people with moderate learning difficulties, with its residential campus that teaches independent living skills.

The College’s inclusive nature supports young people to succeed both in their studies and in their personal development, whilst offering full access to the wide range of extra-curricular activities available to every learner.

Gavin Thomas, the Ofsted inspector, was full of praise for the provision, reporting:

“[The students] speak very highly of opportunities which are helping them become more aware of life skills and the reality of independence as they transition into adulthood. The emphasis placed on assessment and transition creates an environment which enables students to achieve their goals successfully.”

Mr. Thomas went on to comment:

“The promotion of equality and diversity is outstanding; this is evident in all of the Every Child Matters outcomes and organisation. The depth of work undertaken for ensuring that individual needs are met is remarkable. Parents are elated with what their sons and daughters are achieving as a result of their residential placements.”

Tracey McAdam, College House manager, was understandably ecstatic with the Ofsted assessment. Tracey said:

“To gain our first ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted assessment in 2008 was fantastic, but to repeat this for a second time in three years is incredible and is a great testament to everyone involved in delivering this outstanding learning to our students.”

College House has also been recognised for excellence in customer service, with the Charter Mark, for the past 10 years and will be shortly undertaking the rigorous assessment for the new Customer Service Excellence award. The future looks very bright indeed for the pursuit of independent living skills in this unique nurturing environment offered by Eastleigh College.

For further details about courses and facilities at Eastleigh College, please visit www.eastleigh.ac.uk.