A banner with the words Graded as GOOD by Ofsted. Staff have a sharp focus on raising students' attainment of high grades, and on helping them to reach their full potential so that they progress well to further study and/or employment. Ofsted report, Feb 2014.

Ofsted Inspection Report

East Durham College is officially a 'GOOD' place to study. The College was last inspected by Ofsted in February 2014. The week-long visit saw nine inspectors observe a wide range of activities to assess the quality of teaching, learning and assessment at the College.

Suzanne Duncan, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised our ambitious vision which aims to raise the aspirations of students, our sharp focus on students’ attainment of high grades and that the College supports students’ progression on to further study or employment.

The report highlights a large number of highly positive aspects of the quality of teaching and learning at the College. It states that the percentage of students ‘completing their qualification aims successfully has been consistently above the national average for the last three years’.

And the report added students ‘develop their confidence, self-esteem and social skills well. They enjoy their learning experience and develop good employability skills and enhance their future opportunities’.

These comments are supported by the fact that in 2013 83% of students at East Durham College successfully completing full-time courses moved on to employment or further forms of education and training, building upon the positive and life-changing experience of studying at college.

The good behaviour of students at the College also came in for praise with the report stating ‘Behaviour in the college is good and managed well; students show a high level of mutual respect.’

The March 2014 Inspection Report

To see the full report please click on the document below:

Further Education and Skills inspection report. Date published: March 2014. Inspection Number: 429161. URN: 131859

Or go to: http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/p...