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Holy Cross College

2018 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Improve teaching, learning and assessment so that students, in particular those on vocational programmes, achieve their qualifications at the grades expected of them.
  • Improve retention rates in subject areas where students drop out before the end of the course.

2017 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by ensuring that:
    • teachers take into account students’ starting points when planning lessons so that learning activities challenge the most able students
    • all teachers have high expectations of what their students can achieve, and that the pace and level of learning in lessons reflects this, including through their questioning and other assessment techniques
    • teachers monitor and assess the progress of students closely to enable them to achieve the progress of which they are capable
    • effective assessment practices are identified and shared across all subjects so that students know consistently what they need to do to improve
    • teachers track their students’ progress carefully so that they are able to intervene quickly when students fall behind.
  • Governors, senior leaders and managers need to ensure that the recently implemented intervention strategies are rigorously and consistently applied across all underperforming subjects, in order to bring about improvements in students’ progress.
  • Strengthen the quality assurance and self-assessment processes, to ensure that strengths and weaknesses are identified accurately, and appropriate interventions are implemented quickly.
  • Governors need to challenge senior leaders more robustly so that they meet their performance targets and inconsistencies in students’ achievement are reduced.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • the proportion of high grades and progress made by learners in a small minority of courses
  • closer monitoring by governors of strategic issues
  • improve strategies to promote the college to all sectors of the community it seeks to serve.

2001 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • provide a clear strategy for curriculum development below level 3 and for adult students
  • develop methods of teaching and learning in some areas to cater more effectively for the needs of students with differing abilities
  • develop more student and staff links with the world of work
  • continue to develop the college's accommodation strategy
  • review the enrichment programme to ensure that more students can participate.

Report Recommendations