KENDAL College has become the first and only General Further Education College in Cumbria ever to be declared outstanding after an Ofsted inspection in December 2010.
Kendal College is a partner college of the University of Central Lancashire and University of Cumbria and also a partner with all local schools in a new and exciting South lakes Federation where each partner collaborates to ensure that there is high quality teaching and learning in South Lakeland and Eden. Our aim is to achieve high academic standards, to offer outstanding facilities, a broad range of courses and to give each student the chance to succeed. Kendal College has outstanding retention and achievement rates.
In 2009/10 only two general further education colleges from the 54 inspected achieved this top accolade from Ofsted. This effectively places the College in the top 5% when compared with the previous year’s data. Out of 39 categories scored by the inspection team, Kendal scored the highest grade, Outstanding, in 34 of them. “Outcomes for learners are outstanding. Learners aged 14 to 18 are extremely successful in gaining qualifications.”
One of the key factors was how the students at the College routinely outperform expectations, with higher grades and better jobs. For example, level one NVQ catering students who get jobs in four or five-star hotels and some students who arrive with no GCSEs at all, attain level 3 at the College, start a foundation degree which they then top up to a full honours degree at the University of Central Lancashire or University of Cumbria.
“The staff go the extra mile for students. The College is a safe and secure placefor them to learn.” The Ofsted report says: “Kendal College has improved consistently since the last inspection and is now Outstanding.
“Managers, teachers and other staff are excellent role models for learners. They set themselves high standards and have high expectations. The college is highly inclusive and very effective in removing barriers to learning so that the majority of students make very good progress during their time at college. Learners enjoy college. They are able to choose from a very wide range of provision that ensures they enrol on a course that meets their future career intentions. Learners benefit from excellent support, extensive enrichment opportunities and additional courses that enhance their progression between levels of courses and to employment and higher education.