A college used by thousands of students from across the region has been told it is making “insufficient progress” in certain areas by education watchdog Ofsted – eight months after it was rated inadequate, it was revealed today.
Inspectors carried out a mandatory monitoring visit at troubled Wolverhampton College last month. They concluded insufficient progress had been made in raising success rates for students in subjects which included health and social care, hairdressing and beauty therapy.
However, inspectors did note that reasonable progress had been made in areas such as improving the quality of self-assessment and teaching, as well as leadership and management.
Interim principal John Hogg said every effort was being made to raise standards at the college following a damning Ofsted report earlier this year.
He said: “Since the publication of the last report we have worked tirelessly to address areas of concern and have put in place a range of measures that have seen success rates rise by seven per cent, an improved admission policy and better advice and guidance being given to students.
“We are pleased that inspectors have recognised the progress we have made against the areas for improvement identified in the last Ofsted visit in February.
“However, while this report can be seen largely as an endorsement of our hard work so far, we are only at the start of a long journey. .”
The college has campuses in Paget Road, Compton, Wellington Road in Bilston, Metro One in the city centre, Newhampton Arts Centre in Whitmore Reans, a campus in Telford and a hair training academy in Worcester.
There are 2,600 full-time students and 3,000 part-time learners.