Anne Smith (JRHS teacher/principal 1970-99) reads Ofsted Report on College...
A recent report from
Ofsted - the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and
Skills, which inspects and regulates services that care for children and
young people - was favourably disposed to John Ruskin College.
(By the way, I am now the College's Vice-Chair and Safeguarding Governor.)
The 12-page report lists several attributes, including:
● The college’s overall success rates have improved rapidly and are significantly higher than the national average for similar colleges.
● Learners make good, and often excellent, progress from mostly low starting points.
● Learners develop a positive attitude to learning. They are consistently punctual for lessons, attendance rates are high and behaviour is consistently very good.
● Teaching, learning and assessment are excellent. Teachers focus well on the needs of individual learners and are highly effective in motivating them to achieve their potential.
● The development of learners’ knowledge and skills is outstanding as reflected in the high quality of their written work, well developed practical skills, their competent use of specialist vocabulary and ability to work independently.
● Support and guidance are excellent and are valued by learners who consequently make good, and often excellent, progress.
● The promotion of equality and diversity is highly effective, resulting in an inclusive learning environment which supports individual learners’ needs exceptionally well. Achievements gaps have been eliminated.
● The effectiveness of leadership and management is outstanding at all levels and has transformed the college, providing excellent opportunities for learners to achieve.
● The Principal and senior leaders maintain a constant focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning. Curriculum managers and teachers work together very well and are highly proactive in finding solutions to bring about improvements.
● Quality assurance arrangements are rigorous and performance management is highly effective in raising standards.
● The Principal and managers actively seek the views of learners to inform developments and regularly involve learners in decision making.
In terms of possible improvements, the report suggests further developing learners’ skills in English and mathematics, and ensuring that learners gain qualifications, as well as continuing to share good practice to ensure that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently of a high standard and meets the needs of all learners on all programmes. Finally, the report suggests developing links with employers to maximise opportunities for learning and for developing learners’ employability skills.
Overall, the College's effectiveness of leadership and management is described as "Outstanding."
John Ruskin College, located in the former John Newnham Selective School's premises in Selsdon, Surrey, is a sixth-form college that offers only vocational programmes, with approximately 760 full-time and 157 part-time learners; the current principal/CEO is Tim Eyton-Jones. So if any alumni are local employers, and would like to find out more about the college and what they may be able to do in partnership, do contact the principal.
Anne Smith, Croydon, Surrey November 2013 Email
Graham Browne (JRGS 1955-58) recalls school life & teachers in the late-Fifties ...
I recently stumbled
across the web site and was delighted to see the pictures of the
masters. (I was
at JR from 1955 to 1958.)
Graham Browne, Cranage, Cheshire, November 2013 Email
ML adds: Maybe Neville Graham, who trained at Loughborough College, and joined JRGS in September 1957 from St. Aidan's Grammar School, Sunderland, was Mr. S.E. Murray's replacement as PE teacher?
Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) updates plans for a JRGS Reunion later this month...
Further to a recent
on The Mill about renovations to The Surprise pub on Upper
Shirley Road, which has now opened as a fish & chips restaurant, I am
willing to co-ordinate a small reunion there on Saturday, 28th of
September. My wife and I live down the road from The Surprise,
and so are easy to reach.
Ian Macdonald, Shirley, Surrey, September 2013 Email
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