Ofsted Inspectors visited Craven College early in the New Year and gave the College a clean bill of health. Ofsted rated Craven College as a Good college with Outstanding Apprenticeship provision.

The inspectors' praise for the Apprenticeship provision was very strong. Craven College is one of only 3 colleges in England to be judged Outstanding for the quality of its Apprenticeships - a magnificent achievement and important for the locality.

Key findings from Ofsted:

"Students' achievement is good…. and is now high"

"Managers have carefully designed a curriculum which very effectively meets the needs of students"

"Teachers make good use of well-resourced classrooms and learning environments ….. to provide well designed learning for students and Apprentices"

"The Apprenticeship manager, co-ordinators and assessors have an exceptional understanding of their Apprentices, and they work closely with them to provide very high quality support and training"

"Staff provide excellent pastoral support to students, including those with high needs …."

"Behaviour in class, around the College, and at work is very good"

"A welcoming and positive learning environment"

"Students and apprentices are well prepared for their next steps"

Principal Robert Bellfield, commented, "The College is delighted with the outcome of its recent Ofsted inspection which confirms the quality of provision which is available at Craven College. The report is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of staff and students."

David Mabbitt, Chair of Governors said, "The Board is very pleased with the outcome of the inspection and recognises all the hard work put in by staff and the Leadership Team to achieve this result. Our objective now is to drive the College forward to "Outstanding" in all areas, not just Apprenticeships."

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