Governors, staff and students at Northumberland College are celebrating Ofsted’s official findings, which praise the College’s Kirkley Hall Campus Halls of Residence residential provision.
Northumberland College's Kirkley Hall Campus, located in Ponteland near Newcastle upon Tyne, attracts students to its halls of residence from rural areas across the north and has a long established history as the main provider of land-based education and training in the region, stretching back more than 50 years.
The campus offers vocational courses and Apprenticeship training in a wide range of subjects including agriculture, horticulture and floristry, animal care and equine, arboriculture, countryside and environment and outdoor activity leadership.
The government's Office for Standards in Education have now confirmed the college provides effective services that meet the requirements for good during an inspection in January.
Ofsted feedback included:
Leaders and managers have a clear vision that is set out in a quality-assured action plan. This supports continuous improvement. All recommendations made at the last inspection have been implemented.
Students say that they make progress towards their chosen futures because residential staff work well with all college staff to help them achieve academically and independently.
Northumberland College's Halls of Residence manager, Alison Gracey said: "Northumberland College's halls of residence offers a unique opportunity for residential students to develop a wide range of skills, make great friends and enjoy the Kirkley Hall Campus residential experience. We are thrilled that the Ofsted inspection reflects the good quality service we offer our students."
The college's Kirkley Hall campus has 90 rooms available for residential students to stay on campus that were recently refurbished.
Each room is single occupancy with internet access and students who stay on site have access to a student social areas with a bar, TV and games room.
Students get the opportunity to take part in regular quiz and film nights and off campus visits and are encouraged to take part in various charitable events throughout the year.
Alison added: "We encourage all of our halls students to get involved in raising funds for local charities and giving back to the local community and actively engage with the local community with visits such as annual trips to a local care home with animals from Kirkley Hall Zoo."
To find out more about Northumberland Colleges' halls of residence and to read the full Ofsted report please visit www.kirkely.ac.uk/accomodation.