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Saint Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

2022 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Leaders and staff should continue their focus on improving learners’ attendance and punctuality across programmes.
  • Leaders should improve the quality of education in vocational programmes so that more learners remain on programme and achieve their qualifications.
  • Leaders should ensure that learners, particularly those on level 2 programmes, have work placement opportunities or other work-related learning in a timely manner.

2020 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Leaders should focus on developing a stronger and more focused rationale for the curriculum offer so that it meets students’ needs and those of local stakeholders.
  • Teachers need to improve assessment so that they identify gaps in students’ knowledge and understanding and take action to reduce these.
  • Teachers need to ensure that curriculum planning, sequencing and teaching in all A-level subjects are adapted towards two-year linear courses.
  • Leaders and teachers need to set higher expectations in relation to students’ punctuality to lessons.

2017 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Ensure that a higher proportion of students achieve their qualifications and the grades expected of them by supporting teachers to plan carefully and teach lessons that:
    • take into account the needs and abilities of all students within the class
    • have a pace of learning which is appropriate for all students so that they make good progress
    • challenge the most able students to achieve their full potential and achieve high grades.
  • Ensure that governors use the information they receive from managers to support and challenge leaders more fully, to improve the outcomes for students and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Strengthen the arrangements for the observation of teaching, learning and assessment to ensure that actions identified support teachers to improve their practice by:
    • linking the outcomes of observations to teachers’ appraisals and staff development activities
    • focusing the observation of lessons on learning and students’ development to identify good practice and improve weak teaching.
  • Increase the proportion of students who achieve their mathematics GCSE qualifications, and achieve high grades.
  • Continue to implement the recent and effective actions to improve further students’ attendance at lessons.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • weak aspects of the mathematics provision
  • the low proportion of high pass rates at GCSE
  • the limited access to some parts of the accommodation for those with restricted mobility.

2002 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • proportion of students who complete their courses and achieve qualifications
  • rigour of action plans to drive forward improvements
  • provision for additional learning support
  • pass rates on a number of courses, particularly General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and a few GCE A levels
  • assessment of students' level of attainment in key skills when they join the college
  • absence of a basic skills strategy.

Report Recommendations