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Ofsted gives New City College mergers the seal of approval

A 'drive for improvement' has been noted by Ofsted in its first published report, since the New City College Group's mergers. The focus of the monitoring visit last month was to look at the progress that leaders had made particularly at the Epping Forest campus. Before it merged into the New City College Group, Epping Forest College was judged as 'requires improvement' however this legacy has now firmly turned around with Ofsted noting, Leaders and teachers have improved the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. It is part of a New City College drive for improvement.

The report goes on to say: Governors and leaders have created a strong sense of purpose to improve the newly-merged college which is shared by staff. Leaders at all levels have a determination to make the college a success for their learners.

Inspectors also assessed the college's apprenticeship provision and found: Senior leaders are making good use of staff from other campuses to improve practice. They have put in place a curriculum that takes the best practice from the four predecessor colleges.

Principal of the Epping Forest campus Janet Smith said:

Our staff have worked with passion and determination to make improvements across the teaching and learning experience. We know that our students have done extremely well and have achieved great things this year. To have Ofsted's endorsement of this hard work is a just recognition.

Epping Forest College merged with New City College last summer, joining the previous Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Redbridge Colleges. The Havering Colleges are set to join the group next month. The New City College model is based on sharing best practice and resources to make sure that students have access to the very best possible local college environments and teaching expertise, within a robust and secure organisation.

The Ofsted monitoring report can be accessed here.

Ofsted gives New City College mergers the seal of approval