Blackpool Sixth Outstanding OFSTED Report 2022

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Mission statement: Inspiring learning, developing character, building futures.

OFSTED REPORT 2022

Students find The Blackpool Sixth Form College a truly aspirational place to learn. - Ofsted www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

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OFSTED REPORT 2022 OUTSTANDING Mission statement: Inspiring learning, developing character, building futures.

SUMMARY OF GRADES AWARDED Overall effectiveness

Outstanding

The quality of education

Outstanding

Behaviour and attitudes

Outstanding

Personal development

Outstanding

Leadership and management

Outstanding

Education programmes for young people

Outstanding

Provision for learners with high needs

Outstanding

Overall effectiveness at previous inspection

Outstanding

‘We are incredibly proud that we have retained our Ofsted Outstanding status which is testament to our remarkable staff and students who demonstrate an ‘unswerving commitment to excellence every day. In spite of the challenges of the pandemic, the college has stayed true to its mission ‘inspiring learning, developing character, building futures’ and we are delighted that the inspectors were able to see the impact of our endeavour. The inspection outcome is a fantastic achievement for the college and recognises our commitment to providing the highest-quality educational experience for the young people in our area.’ - Jill Gray, Principal

TEACHING AND LEARNING EXCELLENCE “In health and social care, almost all students go on to medical-related degrees. The remainder secure apprenticeships in professions such as radiography, nursing and primary education.” “In ICT, guest speakers explain the concept of entity relationship diagrams in databases and their usage in industry.” “In psychology teachers use a range of strategies to ensure that students remember key facts and technical language.” “In mathematics, students use group work, collaborative problemsolving, demonstration and practice to reinforce learning.” - Ofsted, December 2021

Students have an extremely positive attitude to their learning and value their time at college. - Ofsted

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OFSTED REPORT 2022 OUTSTANDING Mission statement: Inspiring learning, developing character, building futures.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CAREERS "Staff provide extensive enrichment activities that they purposefully, skillfully and seamlessly integrate into every student’s curriculum." - Ofsted "Teachers provide extremely high-quality advice and guidance to students before the start of the course to ensure that they enrol on the right course that meets their career aims and personal aspirations." - Ofsted “Students on vocational programmes develop industry-standard knowledge and skills that are linked to their specific career aspirations.” - Ofsted "Students are unreservedly positive about the work that all staff do to support them." - Ofsted "The LGBT+ group is very active." - Ofsted

"Teaching staff are very highly qualified and experienced in their subject specialisms."- Ofsted "Students benefit from very high levels of pastoral support." - Ofsted

"The excellence programme provided me with the best support in my university applications" - Pharyn Ashton, Student "Being at Blackpool Sixth is amazing, the staff and students are all amazing and the support is beyond what you will expect" - Harry Snelson, Student

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OFSTED REPORT 2022 OUTSTANDING Mission statement: Inspiring learning, developing character, building futures.

SUPPORT “Students wishing to progress to university are supported fully, including though preparations for interviews at prestigious universities.” - Ofsted "The college judgement for our high needs learners is a culmination of all the hard work and collaboration that happens at college through the additional learning support team, curriculum staff and other support departments. We work hard through our transition activities to understand our learners and ensure that the support we provide is right for each individual student, to access our curriculum offer. We have a strong focus on preparing our students for adulthood, with support tailored to the whole student and not just their academic studies." - David Williams, Head of Additional Learning Support

"It fills me with great pride that the pastoral support at Blackpool Sixth has received clear recognition for its 'very high levels', however, it is no surprise to me. Day in, day out I see the outstanding support Pastoral Mentors provide to our students, helping them with a large range of questions and queries and supporting them to overcome various barriers to learning. At Blackpool Sixth, it is not just about the course, or the grade, or the exam it is about developing the young person and preparing them for their next steps and adulthood." - Tom Holland, Head of student services

"Following nominations by their students, teachers have won prestigious teaching awards."- Ofsted

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