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Warrington & Vale Royal College

2019 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Leaders and managers should ensure that teachers in plumbing, joinery and in GCSE English and mathematics identify the gaps in students’ knowledge and deliver the curriculum to build on what they already know and can do.
  • Ensure that teachers of learners who have high needs plan an ambitious foundation level curriculum so that learners can meet challenging goals.
  • Increase the attendance of adults on access to higher education, beauty therapy and theatrical and media make-up courses.

2016 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Increase the proportion of younger students and apprentices who make good progress and achieve their qualifications and targets by:
    • applying rigour and accuracy to the evaluation of teaching, learning and assessment, and acting quickly to improve practice that is below standard
    • motivating students and apprentices to achieve well, through challenging teaching and training
    • carefully reviewing the progress made by students and apprentices, and taking action quickly to support apprentices who are at risk of not achieving.
  • Increase the impact of the improvement strategy by influencing staff at all levels, in particular to improve teaching and learning.
  • Improve governance by applying succession planning promptly to refresh expertise; clarifying members’ roles and responsibilities; and enabling governors to improve further their challenge to leaders about outcomes for students and financial performance.

2014 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Increase the proportion of learners who achieve their qualifications and secure the highest possible grades by ensuring that learners attend all their lessons, complete their courses and produce work of a standard that is consistent with their aspirations and potential.
  • Raise the quality of teaching, learning and assessment so that it is consistently high across all subject areas. Ensure that all teachers and assessors set accurate and challenging targets for learners, use activities and resources that challenge and motivate learners, monitor learners’ progress closely, and provide detailed and specific feedback to learners about what they need to do to improve.
  • Rapidly improve the quality of teaching on English and mathematics courses so that a much higher proportion of learners achieve appropriate qualifications. Ensure that the teaching of English and mathematics is planned well to meet the needs of individual learners, that lessons are stimulating and challenging, and that learners develop the skills they need for work and in everyday life.
  • Increase the pace and rigour of actions to improve the quality of provision by ensuring that self-assessment identifies accurately areas for improvement and actions to improve the provision, and by monitoring closely the impact of actions taken.
  • Provide relevant professional development opportunities that enable managers, teachers and assessors in the weaker subject areas to improve their skills through learning from colleagues who work in the most successful areas. Ensure that this leads to rapid improvements in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Evaluate the quality of lessons accurately through observations and provide clear and accurate guidance to teachers and assessors about what they need to do to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

2010 Full Inspection Report
What does Warrington Collegiate need to do to improve further?
  • Continue to develop and use value-added measures so that all learners exceed their expectations.
  • Ensure that all lessons are planned thoroughly to take into account the different needs of individuals in the group.
  • Continue to develop staff’s skills in the use of information and communication technology to support learning.
  • Ensure that the increased take up of additional learning support is maintained and that specialist support staff have sufficient opportunities to work with teachers so that all staff are fully confident in working with learners with specific learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
  • Continue to develop and implement a system to observe and evaluate progress reviews in the college’s employer responsive provision.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • success rates for 16-18 year olds at level 3
  • initial assessment, achievement and progression of 14-16 year olds
  • co-ordination and promotion of enrichment activities
  • strategic development of Skills for Life strategies
  • curriculum management in some areas.

2003 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • retention rates on many courses
  • curriculum management in some areas
  • target setting for raising standards
  • consistency of tutorial provision
  • standards of facilities and resources in some areas
  • the effectiveness of initial advice and guidance
  • the efficient use of resources.

Report Recommendations