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Lakes College

2017 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Improve further the English skills of apprentices and the English and mathematics skills of adult learners on employability courses by planning lessons and activities that include the development of their English and mathematics skills.
  • Increase the proportion of learners who achieve their qualifications in hairdressing, the early years, accounting and GCSE English and mathematics grades A* to C and 9 to 4 by ensuring that:
    • managers continue to focus on helping teachers in these areas to improve their teaching practice
    • managers continue to implement the performance management process and rigorously monitor teachers’ progress against clear and robust targets.
  • Use the information on learners’ starting points to plan learning that enables all learners to make the progress of which they are capable, in particular for the most able.

2015 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Set clear targets for teachers, linked to key college performance indicators, in order to promote individual accountability for improvement.
  • Establish clear quality management strategies to support quality improvement, promote high standards and raise students’ outcomes.
  • Improve the rigour of self-assessment by ensuring that judgements are precise, accurate, supported by valid evidence and lead to good-quality improvement planning that has an impact on raising standards.
  • Ensure that all students on study programmes are able to take advantage of high-quality tutorials, careers guidance and work experience.
  • Improve teaching, learning and assessment by:
    • taking quick action to ensure that teachers have high expectations of what their learners can achieve
    • providing more stimulating learning activities in classroom-based sessions
    • improving feedback to students so that they understand accurately how to improve their work.
  • Develop students’ skills in English and mathematics and ensure that more of them make good progress and achieve qualifications in these key subjects. Increase the proportion of students aged 16 to 19 who achieve their main learning aim and qualification.
  • Increase the number of classroom-based students who enter jobs, further training and education after they leave college.

2010 Full Inspection Report
What does Lakes College need to do to improve further?
  • In order to help students to achieve even higher standards, ensure that the range of learning activities provides sufficient challenge for all students and that targets in individual learning plans are specific and measurable.
  • Improve retention by developing a more consistent approach to the delivery of the tutorial programme and the use of clear criteria to identify students who are at risk of leaving college.
  • Improve the focus of lesson observations, subject self-assessment reports and action plans to improve the quality of teaching and learning and to raise the proportion of outstanding lessons.
  • Develop a more robust system to collect and analyse information about the destinations of students to influence future developments.

2006 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • sustained improvements in success rates for learners aged 16-18
  • individual target setting for all learners
  • consistency in the rigour of quality assurance.

2005 Re-Inspection Report


2003 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved?
  • quality of teaching and training in many areas
  • pass rates on many courses
  • quality assurance
  • course and curriculum management in many areas
  • management of literacy and numeracy support.

2001 Full Inspection Report


2000 Full Inspection Report


Report Recommendations