Moulton College responds to publication of Ofsted report
Ofsted has today (3rd April) published a report of its recent inspection of Moulton College in which the college is graded inadequate.
Commenting on the report, college Principal Stephen M Davies said:
“We are naturally extremely disappointed by the results of the inspection.
“Ofsted raised a number of health and safety concerns that had a significant impact on the college’s grading.
“We would want to take this opportunity to stress that the college remains a safe place to work and study; we have a strong safety record when compared to other colleges specialising in agricultural and horticultural provision, and students themselves told Ofsted that they feel safe studying here.
“However, we accept Ofsted’s inspection findings and have taken rapid and decisive action to address their concerns.”
This action includes:
Providing every member of staff with a refresher safety briefing
Addressing immediately the specific issues raised by Ofsted - relating to equipment, signs, first aid supplies, hand washing and safety procedures
Commissioning audits of both health and safety and safeguarding practices – which will be used to inform work going forward in these areas
New training for all health and safety managers
Modifying the single central record of staff in accordance with best practice.
Mr Davies added: “We know we have a lot of work to do. While the report does not reflect the progress that has been made in recent years in terms of teaching quality, we must accept that Ofsted did not see enough good teaching and that more work must be done to embed improvements in this area.
“Our fantastic staff are dedicated and diligent and our students work hard to progress in their studies or into their chosen careers and it is regrettable that the report does not reflect that”
The Chair of Governors Robin Thompson says “We are pleased that Ofsted noted our strengths in a range of areas, in particular employability and work-related training, our commercial links with employers, what they described as our excellent range of specialist facilities and teacher expertise.
We have a proud history of serving this community and region – and the agricultural and horticultural sectors across the UK - for almost a century and during that time we have prided ourselves as much on our pastoral care as our educational impact.”