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Birkenhead Sixth Form College

2016 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Improve achievement rates on the very small minority of underperforming courses so that all students make at least good progress and achieve their aspirational target grades.
  • Ensure that teachers provide opportunities to expand the knowledge of the small minority of students with an insufficiently wide understanding of diversity.

2012 Full Inspection Report
  • Improve success rates on advanced-level courses. Increase the percentage of higher grades on advanced-level courses using some of the successful strategies already impacting in mathematics. In doing this, ensure that in all subjects the more-able learners receive sufficient challenge to enable them to meet their full potential.
  • Develop the sharing of good and outstanding practice so that innovative approaches observed in science and mathematics, art and design, and business are spread to all areas and are used to enhance teaching further. In doing this, ensure that the small minority of provision which requires urgent improvement benefits from teaching which is consistently good or better.
  • Ensure that teachers take sufficient opportunities within lesson planning and delivery to deepen learners’ understanding of equality and diversity, cultural diversity and social inclusiveness.

2009 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • further improve success rates, high grades and value added for learners
  • target setting for learners
  • raising learners’ aspirations
  • tutorial coordination and monitoring
  • arrangements for monitoring adult provision
  • the over crowded teaching space and the lack of social space for learners.

2007 Re-Inspection Report
Areas for improvement
  • low pass rates and low proportion of high grades in AS level chemistry and mathematics
  • low success rates in GCSE science
  • insufficient challenge for more able learners in some lessons

2005 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • overall achievement of students on AS-level and GCE A-level courses relative to their prior attainment
  • performance in science and mathematics
  • quality of teaching
  • self-assessment in some areas o rigour of lesson observations
  • uptake of numeracy support o some accommodation is too small for the size of classes.

Report Recommendations