Quality of courses and links to employers praised by Ofsted

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City College Plymouth has been praised by Ofsted for creating an environment in which students are able to reach their potential thanks to the extensive knowledge and experience demonstrated by teaching staff.

Following an inspection in March this year, Ofsted has announced that the College continues to be a ‘good’ provider with outstanding features, and the inspectors were particularly impressed with the quality of the teaching, which they described as “highly relevant to the jobs, careers and education to which learners aspire”.

The report also highlighted the levels of care and support shown throughout the College, commenting that students felt safe and it was evident that the wellbeing of students and staff was at the heart of the College’s culture.

During the two-day inspection, the inspectors were also impressed by the close links between local employers and the College.

The report said: “Learners gain an insight into the industries they want to move into because teachers and leaders have built excellent relationships with local employers. This ensures the content of courses reflects current practice.”

Jackie Grubb, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “The College is delighted to read such positive comments following the inspection in March. The wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount to everything we do at City College and this report demonstrates the commitment shown by staff to our students and ensuring their progress.

“The current situation means we are unable to celebrate this report properly, but I want all of the students and staff to know how proud I am of their hard work and commitment – something that has continued to be evident in these challenging times.”

The Ofsted report was released just a few weeks after the College was placed first in the South West for the achievement of apprentices, students aged 16 to 18, and students of all ages studying for a level 3 qualification.

The College is accepting applications for September, and those wishing to apply can do so online at Any queries about the courses can be e-mailed to [email protected].