Awards and Accreditations

We are Top of the Crop - Quite Literally

Our League Table Ranking Makes Us the Best Land-Based College in the Country

Overall outcomes for residential learners were judged ‘outstanding’ in the last Ofsted inspection 2013/14. That means the extent to which students achieve and make progress and develop employability skills are deemed the best they can be.

Our management team strive for excellence too - they were judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, which said they demonstrate high standards of quality and performance.

Inspectors said our students “live in a safe and nurturing environment and benefit from having access to good advice and support on health and welfare issues.”

They added: “Residential learners have excellent relationships with staff and each other. Within the College there is a very positive atmosphere and learners’ behaviour is exceptionally good. It is evident they have embraced a key College value: ‘respect each other and our campus'."

"The College is a Truly Inspirational Place"

That’s not a bad accolade, is it? Not our words but those of the British Quality Foundation, which said this about the College when announcing us winners of the UK Excellence Award in 2011. Entrants for the award are assessed against the EFQM Excellence Model, a management framework used by over 30,000 organisations in Europe and beyond. It’s one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve.

In 2015 we won the UK Excellence Award for a second time - the only college in the country to have done so.

Princess Anne presenting the award at the British Quality Foundation:

Investors in People

We were awarded Gold in the Investors in People (IiP) Standard, putting us in the top 1% of the UK's businesses.

IiP is the national award that sets a level of good practice for training and development of staff to meet organisational priorities.

Gold represents achievement of world-class best practice by a truly cutting-edge organisation, operating at the very highest levels of people management practice. Retaining the standard is one of the key objectives of the College’s corporate strategy.

Did you Know?

We acquired Riseholme College in Lincolnshire back in 2012.

The Ofsted report cited at the time that the merger with Riseholme College was “expertly managed”, resulting in immediate and longer term benefits for learners.

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