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Ashton Sixth Form College

2020 Full Inspection Report
No areas for improvement
2016 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Improve outcomes for learners in underperforming subject areas, by:
    • monitoring closely the impact of actions taken so far this academic year to improve learners’ progress
    • identifying accurately any further improvements needed
    • taking action quickly to ensure that a very high proportion of current and future learners make the progress of which they are capable.
  • Enhance the skills of teachers who do not provide sufficient challenge to the most-able learners by providing relevant training and development and by encouraging teachers to share good practice.
  • Develop the independent learning skills of all learners, by:
    • encouraging learners, particularly those who are less confident, to be more proactive in their learning during lessons, and developing their confidence to articulate their thoughts and ideas and to generate discussion without always being prompted to do so by their teachers
    • ensuring that all learners have sufficiently well-developed skills to extend their learning outside the classroom and beyond the specific requirements of their qualifications.

2011 Full Inspection Report
What does Ashton Sixth Form College need to do to improve further?
  • Embed and accelerate year-on-year improvement in success rates so that variability and inconsistency are tackled in all courses. Ensure the sharp and precise use of data to evaluate students’ progress and enable swift and effective action for improvement.
  • Increase the proportion of higher grades in advanced-level subjects by providing greater challenge and improving the analytical and evaluative skills of students. To embed this further, ensure the effective organisation of student files by regular checks to enable them to be used for reflection and revision.
  • Increase the rigour of the lesson observation system so that the college has an accurate view of the quality of teaching. Evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Improve quality assurance systems so that actions to tackle areas of underperformance are sufficiently swift and effective in driving consistent and sustainable improvement in all areas.

2008 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • improving students’ success rates particularly at level 3
  • improving the effectiveness of course review and self-assessment in some curriculum areas
  • improving the effectiveness of group tutorials and the uptake of additional learning support.

2004 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • pass rates and higher grade passes on some level 3 courses
  • achievement in advanced level mathematics
  • rigour in some aspects of quality assurance
  • ineffective evaluation of staff development for bringing about improvements in teaching and learning.

Report Recommendations