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Saint Vincent Sixth Form College

2018 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Managers should make sure that students’ attendance improves in all courses and in tutorials. Teachers should make sure that students understand the importance of attending all lessons regularly and punctually.
  • Teachers should set aspirational targets for students earlier in their programmes of study so that all students are clear about what they need to improve and have the time to make such improvements.
  • Leaders and managers should implement their well-considered strategies to improve the proportion of students achieving their qualifications and closely monitor the impact of their actions.

2016 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Improve the teaching, learning and assessment of mathematics, so that:
    • all students throughout their course fully understand the importance of developing their mathematical skills and gain the highest level of qualification possible to increase their future career prospects
    • all mathematics and vocational teachers provide work that is interesting, relevant and demanding for students of all abilities, both in and out of lessons
    • students receive frequent and helpful feedback on their work and progress.
  • Ensure that all students on 16 to 19 study programmes are able to develop high levels of understanding of the world of work through a broad range of appropriate activities, including high-quality work experience.
  • Set challenging learning targets related to programme outcomes and development of personal skills for high-needs students on non-accredited courses; ensure that students, parents and teachers are able to recognise progress and celebrate achievements.

2014 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Improve further the proportion of students who successfully complete their courses, especially those studying A levels and English and mathematics qualifications. Further improve the initial advice and guidance that students receive to ensure they make informed choices about the qualifications and other activities that make up their study programme. Develop further the target setting and monitoring of the progress that students make to ensure they achieve their target grades.
  • Improve further the proportion of good or better lessons by ensuring teachers plan lessons that enable all students to make good or better progress, both in lessons and over the duration of their course.
  • Improve the consistency of the management of subject areas to ensure that all students have an equal chance of success, irrespective of the subjects they study.
  • Improve the accuracy and monitoring of targets set for managers and teachers to bring about sustained improvement. Set challenging and realistic targets and monitor the progress made in achieving these at key stages through the academic year.
  • Clarify the arrangements for succession planning and the future direction of the college.
  • Ensure managers use all available information to develop a curriculum offer that will enable all students to achieve their full potential, progress to suitable training or employment opportunities and to address local skills needs.

2013 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Improve how teachers plan and organise teaching, learning and assessment by spreading good practice more systematically. Ensure that lessons always have appropriate pace and levels of challenge for students of all abilities.
  • Ensure that teachers consistently use questioning techniques and other appropriate methods to check students’ learning effectively and actively involve all students.
  • Ensure that assessment and feedback to students are always frequent enough and always have sufficient rigour to enable students consistently to develop their skills effectively, including their skills for independent learning. Coordinate deadlines for students to submit work in different subjects so that pressure points are avoided.
  • Set targets for students that are always precise, rigorous and help them to make good progress.
  • Improve the system for providing management information. Provide managers and other appropriate staff with training in interrogating data so that they use it effectively as a key tool to drive improvement.
  • Produce an appropriate strategic curriculum plan that prioritises the needs of students and meets local and national priorities.
  • Ensure that the self-assessment report provides a clear and detailed account of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and identifies priorities so that key improvements can be made speedily.
  • Evaluate the impact of actions taken at regular intervals throughout the year and modify actions quickly, if necessary, to ensure that sufficient progress is made.
  • Ensure that staff and governors receive effective training to broaden their awareness of equality, and ensure that teachers integrate aspects of diversity into lessons more effectively.

2011 Full Inspection Report
What does St Vincent College need to do to improve further?
  • Raise standards, especially in AS subjects and intermediate-level vocational provision, by ensuring that managers set and meet ambitious performance targets for their courses and that students meet challenging targets and high expectations set by their teachers.
  • Ensure that all students reach their full potential through teaching and support systems that are of a consistently high standard, utilise effectively the VLE to motivate and enthuse all students.
  • Implement rigorous and consistent approaches to quality assurance to provide effective self-assessment that has a demonstrable impact on improving students’ performance.
  • Improve the quality of provision in science and mathematics by ensuring that the recommendations in the subject area report are rapidly implemented.

2008 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • the need to raise success rates on key skills, level 2 and AS-level courses
  • the further investment in, and use of, ILT to enhance learning
  • the consistency in the implementation and monitoring of improvement action plans at course level
  • the range of skills of the governing body
  • the financial position of the college.

2005 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved 
  • pass rates on many advanced subsidiary-level (AS-level) courses
  • progress made by students relative to their prior attainment
  • use of tutorials
  • availability and use of information and learning technology (ILT)
  • students' achievement of key skills.

2000 Full Inspection Report


Report Recommendations